Canucks remain perfect

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, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

What started as a dominant performance by the Canucks Monday night at GM Place ended in an exciting 5-4 shootout win for the home team. Vancouver gave up a three goal lead in the game, only to recover late against the Calgary Flames.

After a Mason Raymond goal was waved off just 10 seconds before, Daniel Sedin scored with 00.2 second left on the clock to send the game into overtime. Daniel also got the shootout winner.

The Flames decided to show up halfway through the second period when two Calgary goals just over four minutes apart cut into the Canucks's 3-0 lead.

Curtis Glencross started it off with a nice redirection in front of Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider before centre Jamie Lundmark tipped in a Brandon Prust shot. Bouwmeester completed the comeback with a bullet 1:17 into the third period, just moments after Theoren Fleury, who got an assist on the goal, was decked by Tanner Glass.

Olli Jokinen got Calgary the lead with just over seven minutes left in the third after he tipped in a 4-on-3 powerplay point shot from Nigel Dawes.

Daniel Sedin had the sudden death shootout winner after early extra frame tallies from Canucks Cody Hodgson and Flames Dawes.

Kyle Wellwood got the scoring started with a penalty shot tally 3:26 into the first period after he was hooked down on a breakaway by Calgary defenceman Jay Bouwmeester. Wellwood had another penalty shot attempt during the shootout but could not score.

Daniel got his first of the night and the Canucks second after being set up by Henrik Sedin at the 7:50 mark of the opening period. The elder twin found his brother on a give-and-go with a nifty pass, as Henrik recorded his fifth point of the preseason, while Daniel has five as well. Burrows also got an assist on the goal.

A somewhat controversial play by Mason Raymond put the home team up 3-0 early in the second when he drove to the crease after bumping into Calgary's goaltender Curtis McElhinney with his knee, jarring the puck into the net. After a video review, the refs ruled the puck had crossed the line.

"I'm not going to cut the players, players are going to cut themselves," said Alain Vigneault after rookie Michael Grabner's name was brought up. "We are starting to form opinions on that. Players still have four more games to play and we'll see what happens after Sunday.

Canucks' Schneider, who had not allowed a goal before this game, let in four goals on 17 shots. McElhinney on the other hand also allowed four goals in regulation and overtime, but on 34 shots.

The Canucks will continue their perfect preseason Wednesday as they play host to the Sharks, who they defeated last Friday in San Jose.


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