VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Elias Lindholm scored the overtime winner and the Calgary Flames bounced back after blowing a four-goal lead in the third period to beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 on Sunday night.
The Canucks and Flames have already been eliminated from playoff contention and face each other twice more to end the regular season — despite several postseason matchups already underway. The overlap is due to the COVID-19 outbreak that swept through Vancouver’s team and halted the Canucks’ schedule for three weeks.
Brock Boeser had two goals and Travis Hamonic, Tyler Graovac, and J.T. Miller scored for Vancouver, which had four goals in the third period to force overtime. Quinn Hughes assisted on three goals, Miller added two helpers and Braden Holtby stopped 30 shots in defeat.
Down 5-1, Vancouver scored back-to-back power-play goals, with Graovac getting the first at 2:30 before Boeser made it 5-3 at 7:47.
Miller brought the Canucks within one with a short-handed goal at 11:28. Boeser tied it with 2:02 left in regulation by tipping Alexander Edler’s shot from the point.
Boeser nearly won it for the Canucks in OT when his shot rang off the post. Lindholm ended the game moments later when his centering pass in front went off Edler and in at 3:24.
The Flames improved to 6-2 against the Canucks this season. The teams play again Tuesday in Vancouver and Wednesday in Calgary.
NOTES: Canucks captain Bo Horvat played in his 500th NHL game. … Calgary’s Adam Ruzicka made his NHL debut. … Johnny Gaudreau has points in 10 of his last 11 games.
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