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Flames top Canucks to regain series lead after physical Game 3

Candice Ward / USA Today

The Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks found more reasons to hate one another in Game 3 on Sunday, which the Flames won 4-2.

Calgary held the lead for most of the contest, which saw 34 minutes in penalties assessed in the final 1:25. Canucks forward Alex Burrows received an instigator penalty during that span and will be suspended for Game 4 unless it is rescinded.

Calgary leads the series 2-1. 

Star Performer: Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie had a goal and an assist in the first period and was among the game's leaders in time on ice with 26:30. Only defensive partner Dennis Wideman (26:46) played more.

Turning Point: Canucks players Yannick Weber and Dan Hamhuis committed undisciplined penalties late in the third period, allowing Sean Monahan to ice the contest with a goal on the ensuing two-man advantage.

Goalie Comparison: Jonas Hiller was good when he had to be, but Vancouver needed a better game from Eddie Lack. The Canucks could turn to Ryan Miller for Game 4 if they are unsatisfied with Lack.

Goalie Shots GA Saves SV%
Hiller 25 2 23 .920
Lack 27 4 23 .852

Top Highlight: Calgary rookie forward Sam Bennett made the Saddledome crowd erupt with his first career playoff goal, which ended up being the winner.


Stat of the Night: Michael Ferland was a wrecking ball all night for the Flames, finishing with a game-high nine hits - four more than any other player. Ferland capped his night with some fisticuffs with Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

Series at a Glance

Game 1: Flames 2, Canucks 1
Game 2: Canucks 4, Flames 1
Game 3: Flames 4, Canucks 2
Game 4: Tuesday, April 21, 10 p.m. ET
Game 5: Thursday, April 23, TBA
Game 6*: Saturday, April 25, TBA
Game 7*: Monday, April 27, TBA

*If necessary

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