CALGARY, Alberta (CBSLA.com/AP) — Matt Stajan broke a tie with 4:17 left and the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 7-4 on Saturday night to win the Western Conference playoff series 4-2.
Calgary will face the Anaheim Ducks in the second round. The Flames last advanced beyond the opening round in 2004 when they reached the Stanley Cup final and lost in seven games to Tampa Bay.
Michael Ferland and Jiri Hudler each scored twice, and Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau added goals for Calgary. Hudler tied it at 4 with a power-play goal at 6:14 of the third period.
Luca Sbisa, Brandon McMillan, Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata scored for Vancouver. The Canucks had a 3-0 lead midway through the first period.
Flames starting goalie Jonas Hiller was pulled early in the first after allowing two goals on three shots. Karri Ramo stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief. Ryan Miller made 28 saves in the loss.
Calgary’s fourth line of Stajan, Ferland and David Jones produced the winner. The Vancouver goalie made an initial save on Ferland, but Stajan banged in the rebound.
Vancouver scored three times on its first four shots. Hiller was replaced by Ramo after Vancouver’s second goal at 7:32 and Ramo gave up a goal on the first shot he faced.
Ferland scored late in the first, and Monahan and Gaudreau tied it early in the second.
Sbisa put Vancouver back in front midway through the period.
With McMillan in the box for goalie interference, Hudler pulled the Flames even in the third. He corralled Monahan’s deflection at the side of net and went backhand to forehand on Miller.
After Stafan gave the Flames the lead, Hudler and Ferland finished the scoring with empty-net goals.
Anaheim swept Winnipeg in its first-round series.
It will be a tough task for the Flames as they have yet to win a game in Anaheim since Jan. 19 2004.