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Canucks fall to Flames in overtime of home opener at Rogers Arena

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3-on-3 OT giveth and 3-on-3 OT taketh

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As I said in my game preview, it's always hard to beat a team twice in a row. The Calgary Flames ensured that wouldn't happen tonight, defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 in overtime at Rogers Arena.

Johnny Gaudrau scored the game-winning goal for the Flames, capitalizing off a turnover from Brandon Sutter in Vancouver's defensive zone.

How did we get here? Let's take a look.

Just five minutes into the opening period, Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal of the season on the power play for the Flames, beating Ryan Miller from the left face-off circle.

Early in the second period, the Canucks scored their first power play goal of the year. Bo Horvat managed to get his own rebound, taking advantage of a chaotic situation in front of the net to beat Jonas Hiller and even things up at 1-1. Horvat was relentless in front of the net, and it paid off in a big way.

Midway through the second period, Jared McCann scored his first NHL career goal, delivering a top shelf wrister from the slot off an assist from Jannik Hansen and Brandon Prust.

I mean, he's no Sam Bennett. But he's close.

Midway through the third period, Sean Monhian tied things up for the Flames. Johnny Goudrau was able to use his small stature to his advantage, digging the puck out of the corner and sending a pass to Monihan in the slot for the game-tying goal.

During the overtime period, Ben Hutton came onto the ice midway through the period and nearly delivered the game-winning goal, but was stopped by Hiller.

On Calgary's next shift in the offensive zone, Brandon Sutter came up with the puck in the defensive zone, but coughed it up and it wound up costing the Canucks.  Johnny Gaudreau came away with the puck and delivered the OT winner.

Sutter wound up making a crucial mistake, and with the new OT format, it wound up costing the Canucks the game.

The Canucks will look to rebound  on Monday night when they take on Ryan Kesler, Kevin Bieksa and the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at the Honda Center. Face-off is set for 7:00 PM Pt.