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CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Looking for a third-period spark, Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella shuffled his forwards and split twin forwards Henrik and Daniel Sedin onto different lines.

The move paid off when the Canucks scored three goals in the period and Mike Santorelli provided the overtime winner in a 5-4 victory over the Flames on Sunday night.

Santorelli deflected a pass from Kevin Bieksa to score at 3:17 in overtime.

Trailing 3-1, the Canucks kicked off their third-period comeback with Daniel Sedin assisting on Jannick Hansen's goal at 5:01, followed by Henrik Sedin setting up Santorelli's first goal of the game at 9:27.

``I know the focus is on the twins, but we split up all the lines,'' Tortorella said. ``We had six body checks and four scoring chances in two periods, so we were dead in the water. It's an easy decision to change things up.''

Dale Weise put the visitors up 4-3 at 16:06, but Calgary's David Jones tied the game again with 19 seconds remaining in regulation.

Canucks backup goaltender Eddie Lack made 32 saves in his first NHL regular-season game.

``I was nervous on the bus ride over here, but as soon as I got into my normal warm-up routine and got on the ice, the guys have been really supportive, then it felt like a normal game,'' said Lack, a 25-year-old Swede.

``I know coming in here there was a lot of question marks about me because I haven't played a lot. It's important for me to help the team get some points here in the beginning.''

Mikael Backlund, Sean Monahan and Calgary captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames. It was the second goal in three games for 18-year-old Monahan, who was selected sixth overall by Calgary in the 2013 NHL draft.

Joey MacDonald stopped 23 shots in his second straight start after picking up the win in Calgary's 4-2 decision over Columbus on Friday.

Tortorella lauded Lack's play and that of 24-year-old defenseman Ryan Stanton, who was claimed off waivers a few days ago.

Calgary outshot Vancouver 26-14 and outhit them 14-6 in the first two periods.

``I think the guys decided to play for Eddie,'' Tortorella said. ``He gave them a chance to be there and still have an opportunity to win a hockey game where really, we should have been spanked.

``It's a good test for our team to win a game like that. Those are some games you're going to have to win during the year. You're not always going to be perfect and we found a way to win.''

The Flames have earned four out of a possible six points in their first three games of this NHL season, but have squandered leads in two of those games.

``We kind of sat back, we turned the puck over a couple times in the third period and with a team like that, they have a lot of talent,'' MacDonald said. ``The Sedins, that's what they thrive on, they want to get these turnovers and they usually make you pay.''

With MacDonald pulled for an extra attacker, Jones sent the game into overtime by shoveling the puck in during a goal-mouth scramble at 19:41 of the third. Officials ruled the goal valid after review.

Monahan gave Calgary a 3-1 lead at 1:47 of the third. On an odd-man rush, he gained an outside lane, feinted a pass and slipped the puck under Lack.

Backlund scored on a breakaway off a T.J. Brodie stretch pass at 11:26 of the second period. He deked Lack and shoveled a backhand by the Vancouver goaltender's outstretched pad.

Giordano scored his first goal of the season and team-leading fourth point on a long wrist shot which beat Lack top shelf at 14:32 of the first.

Booth earned his 200th career point deflecting a Jason Garrison shot from the blue line low past MacDonald's stick at 4:47 of the first for a 1-0 Vancouver lead.

NOTES: Singer Corb Lund sang ``Blood, Sweat and Water'' during the pregame ceremony in honor of Calgarians efforts after the June floods that destroyed the lower level of the Saddledome. ... Calgary fell to 18-15-7 in home-openers. ... Flames forwards Mike Cammalleri (wrist) and Matt Stajan (leg contusion) and defensemen Chris Breen (shoulder) were Calgary's scratches. ... Forward Alex Burrows was out of Vancouver's lineup.

The Associated Press News Service

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