Mason Raymond scored the shootout game-winning goal to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames Saturday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Sergei Shirokov, Ryan Kesler, Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Edler all came up short in the shootout and four Calgary shooters were unable to beat Roberto Luongo, setting the stage for Raymond's game-winner.
Heading in with a head of steam, Raymond showed backhand before slamming on the breaks just in front of Miikka Kiprusoff and putting the puck in on the forehand to improve Vancouver's pre-season record to 7-0-1.
Vancouver continues its come-from-behind ways with this being the fourth consecutive contest the team has trailed at one point in the game only to rally and steal at least one point.
This was also the third time in four games the Canucks have forced a shootout with Vancouver winning on all three occasions.
Saturday night's tilt was the second last pre-season game for the Canucks, who will face the Edmonton Oilers Sunday evening. There are still quite a few kinks to be worked out, but Vancouver was still far from playing its regular line-up on this night.
Cody Hodgson, Mario Bliznak, Michael Grabner, Tanner Glass and Shirokov skated up front, while Mike Funk worked into the scheme of things on defence. Hodgson and Shirokov had their moments on offence, the latter picked up an assist on Vancouver's only regulation goal..
After a slow first period highlighted by a bout between Darcy Hordichuk and Brandon Prust just five seconds in, both teams came to life in the second with each finding the back of the goal.
Calgary opened the scoring off a David Moss wrist shot set up by an end-to-end rush by Dion Phaneuf with 7:31 remaining. Phaneuf entered the Vancouver zone and dished the puck to Craig Conroy near the left face-off circle, he tossed it in front of the goal and Luongo was helpless to Moss' tip-in.
Vancouver replied with less than five minutes to play. Shane O'Brien, displaying Paul Coffee-like skill and vision, circled behind the Calgary net before hitting Samuelsson with a snap pass. The veteran forward one-timed the puck just hard enough for it to sneak through the pads of Kiprusoff.
Luongo stopped 24 shots overall and came up huge in the final ten seconds of regulation stopping Rene Bourque, Nigel Dawes and Daymond Langkow from in close.
The Canucks outshot the Flames 36-25 overall.
Special teams played no role in this game; Vancouver went 0-for-3, while Calgary finished 0-for-4.
Following Vancouver's game Sunday's night against the Oilers, which can be seen live on Canucks.com, the Canucks have three nights to prepare for their season opener Thursday in Calgary against the Flames.