Ed Jovanovski scored midway through overtime to keep the Vancouver’s playoff dreams alive by giving them two points with the 3-2 win.
After 5 days off, Vancouver jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. They had energy and attacked the Flames all over the ice. Calgary looked tired, playing their 3rd game in 4 nights.
But the Canucks sat back and tried to protect their lead and were unsuccessful.
With the playoffs on the line, Calgary answered with 2 goals in 2 minutes in the third period. Jarome Iginla deflected a Mark Giordano point shot for his 34th goal of the season, and then Byron Ritchie took a pass from Daymond Langkow and buried it behind Canucks goalie Alex Auld. The Flames continued to press after the goals but were unable to put a 3rd puck past Auld.
With 98 points, Calgary has now clinched a playoff spot. They still have a great chance to win the Northwest Division, sitting 6 points up on 2nd place Colorado with 5 games remaining.
Calgary’s next game is at home against Anaheim on April 11th.
VAN: Morrison (17) A: Jovanovski
VAN: Ohlund (12) unassisted
CGY: Iginla (33) A: Giordano, Lundmark
CGY: Ritchie (3) A: Langkow, Iginla
VAN: Jovanovski (7) A: Naslund, Morrison