Stone scores in overtime as Flames beat Canucks in overtime in split-team game
VANCOUVER — Michael Stone scored after 3:39 of overtime and the Calgary Flames opened the NHL’s preseason with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in a split-team game on Sunday.
Ben Jones and Mitch McLain each had a goal and an assist for the Flames in regulation time.
Both of Vancouver’s goals came in the third period, with Vasily Podkolzin and Conor Garland finding the back of the net.
Dustin Wolf played all three periods for Calgary, stopping 26 of 28 shots.
Spencer Martin stopped 11 of 13 shots for the Canucks before being replaced by Arturs Silovs to open the third period. Silovs made 28 saves.
The Flames and Canucks also faced off in a split-squad matchup in Calgary on Sunday, with Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar donning Flames jerseys in a game for the first time.
Calgary got an extra man for the final 98 seconds of regulation time after Podkolzin was called for tripping Nick DeSimone.
The Flames were quick to use the advantage, Stone sending a sharp angled shot past Silovs to claim the win with 1:21 left on the clock.
The Canucks tied the game with 91 seconds left in the game after pulling Silovs in favor of an extra forward.
Elias Pettersson placed a pass to Garland’s strip and, posted to the side of the crease, the reel unleashed a shot at Wolf.
The goalie stopped the initial attempt but Garland fired another rocket, this time sending a puck over Wolf’s shoulder to make it 2-2.
Vancouver finally beat Wolf at 8:07 of the third.
Podkolzin picked up a pass from Tyler Myers and bulldozed his way to the front of the net, then fired a hard shot past Wolf to cut the Canucks deficit to 2-1.
Tempers flared midway through the final period when Flames winger Adam Klapka checked Vancouver’s Vincent Arseneau near the benches.
The pair exchanged pleasantries and then dropped the gloves at center ice. Each player received heavy blows before being separated by the officials. Each received a five-minute major for the fights.
The Canucks opted to trade their goalies to start the third, replacing Martins with Silovs.
The Latvian goalkeeper was forced into a big save 36 seconds into the period, diving back to sweep a shot from Stone out of the crease.
Calgary took a 2-0 lead in the second intermission on a well-used rebound.
Martin made a pad save on McLain’s sharp angle shot, but the puck came out to Jones, who fired a right skate shot from the goaltender at 18:41.
Jones, 23, made his NHL debut for Vegas last season. He played two games with the Golden Knights before signing with the Flames as a free agent in July.
Vancouver spent seven minutes shorthanded in the second, including a four-minute streak midway through the period after Arseneau cross-checked Milan Lucic and then tried to drop the gloves with the Flames bruiser.
Arseneau received a double minor, which his teammates managed to kill.
Calgary went 0-for-7 on the power play Sunday while Vancouver was 0-for-7.
The Canucks lost a powerful part of their offense early in the second when Calgary’s Nicolas Meloche sent winger Ilya Mikheyev into the boards about three minutes into the period.
The Russian winger went straight to the locker room and didn’t return to the game.
After spending two minutes in the box due to a high stick, McLain opened the scoring for Calgary at 12:40 into the first period.
The 29-year-old center walked the ice and deftly moved the puck from his forehand to his backhand before shooting a puck past Martin from the tight spot.
McLain spent most of last season playing for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Calgary will continue preseason play on Tuesday when they host Seattle. The Kraken will face the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.