Stone scored in OT

VANCOUVER — Michael Stone clocked 3:39 into overtime as the Calgary Flames kicked off the NHL preseason with a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks in Sunday’s divisional team game.

Ben Jones and Mitch McClain each had a goal and an assist for the Flames in regulation.

Both Vancouver goals were in the third period, with Vasily Podkordin and Conor Garland in the net.

Dustin Wolf played all three periods for Calgary, stopping 26 of 28 shots.

Spencer Martin stopped 11 of 13 shots for the Canucks before being replaced by Arthur Seelovs to start the third period. Shilovs made 28 saves.

The Flames and Canucks also faced off in a split-team matchup in Calgary on Sunday, with Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Wieger donning the Flames’ jerseys for the first time in game action.

Calgary got an extra man in the final 98 seconds of regulation after Podkorzin was called up for tripping Nick Desimon.

The Flames quickly capitalized on their advantage, with Stone sending a sharp angled shot past Shilovus to seal the win with 1:21 left on the clock.

The Canucks leveled the score with 91 seconds left in the game after pulling the Silovs in favor of an extra attacker.

Elias Petterson placed a pass on Garland’s tape, and Winder, positioned next to the crease, fired a shot at Wolfe.

The goalkeeper stopped the first attempt, but Garland fired another rocket, this time sending the puck over Wolfe’s shoulder to make it 2-2.

Vancouver finally shot past Wolf 8:07 for third.

Podkordin collected a pass from Tyler Myers, bulldozed it to the front of the net and shot past Wolfe to cut the Canucks deficit to 2–1.

Tempers flared midway through the final frame when frame winger Adam Klapka checked out Vancouver’s Vincent Arsenault near the bench.

The duo exchanged greetings and dropped their gloves onto the center ice. Each was handed a five-minute major to fight.

The Canucks chose to switch goalkeepers to start third, replacing Martins with Shilovus.

The Latvian netminder forced a big stop 36 seconds into the period, dove backwards and swept Stone’s shot from the crease.

Calgary led 2-0 into the second break thanks to a well-used rebound.

Martin padd out McClane’s sharp-angled shot, but the puck flew out to Jones, who fired a shot from the goalie’s right skate at the 18:41 mark.

The 23-year-old Jones made his NHL debut in Vegas last season. He made two appearances for the Golden Knights before signing with the Flames as a free agent in July.

Vancouver spent seven minutes short-handed, including trying to drop the glove on a Flames bruiser after Arseno cross-checked Milan Lucic, stretching for four minutes mid-period.

Arseno was handed a double minor and managed to kill by a teammate.

Calgary went 0-7 on Sunday’s power play while Vancouver went 0-7.

The Canucks lost a strong part of their offense early in the second when Calgary’s Nicholas Melosh sent winger Ilya Mikheyev into the sideboard about three minutes into the frame.

The Russian winger went straight to the dressing room and did not return to the match.

After two minutes in the box for high sticking, McLain opened the scoring for Calgary at 12:40 into the first period.

The 29-year-old center streaked across the ice and deftly moved the puck from his forehand to his backhand before flipping it past Martin from tight conditions.

McClane spent most of last season playing for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Calgary will continue preseason play hosting Seattle on Tuesday. The Kraken will face the Canucks in Vancouver on Thursday.

Stone scored in OT

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