It took the Canucks nearly 13 minutes to get their first shot on net against the Flames on Saturday night, but they made that first one count. Incredibly, it came from center ice. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler decided enough was enough and unleashed a slapper from the red line that somehow found the back of the net. As you can see on the replays, the puck knuckled pretty hard on its flight towards Calgary goalie Brian Elliott, who made the mistake of not putting his body in front of it.
That goal would ultimately be the difference in the game as the Canucks won 2-1 in overtime. “Good things happen when you put the puck on net” might be an overused cliché in hockey but this is certainly one case in which it rings very, very true.