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04/20/2015 00:56 EDT | Updated 06/19/2015 01:12 EDT

Sam Bennett helps Calgary to 4-2 win over Vancouver with first NHL goal

CALGARY - Sam Bennett scored his first NHL goal in the Calgary Flames' 4-2 playoff win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.Defenceman T.J. Brodie contributed a goal and an assist, with Brandon Bollig and Sean Monahan also scoring goals as Calgary took a 2-1 lead in Western Conference quarter-final series.Goaltender Jonas Hiller made 23 saves for the Flames, who were hosts of an NHL playoff game for the first time since April 27, 2009.Shawn Matthias and Jannick Hansen countered for the Canucks, with Eddie Lack stopping 23 shots in the loss.Game 4 is Tuesday at Scotiabank Saddledome before the series returns to Vancouver for Thursday's Game 5.Bennett, 18, provided an insurance goal for a 3-1 lead at 2:14 of the third period.The fourth-overall pick in the last year's NHL draft scrambled to the net on Joe Colborne's sharp-angled shot and slipped the rebound by Lack.It was Bennett's first game at Scotiabank Saddledome since he saw action in a pre-season game Oct. 2. He underwent shoulder surgery later that month.He re-joined the Flames in time to make his NHL debut and record an assist in Calgary's regular-season finale. Bennett played in both playoff games in Vancouver.With Canucks defenceman Yannick Weber serving a goaltender interference penalty and teammate Dan Hamhuis joining him in the box for an illegal check to Bennett's head, Monahan scored his first NHL playoff goal on Calgary's two-man advantage at 14:36.Hansen pulled the visitors within two goals with a snap shot that beat Hiller at 17:41.Calgary opened the best-of-seven series with a 2-1 win, but fell 4-1 in Game 2 at Rogers Arena. That second game in Vancouver ended with a line brawl and 132 minutes in penalties assessed.The animosity re-surfaced in a scoreless second period Sunday with jawing, face-washing and shoving after whistles.Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau skated to the bench in pain after he chopped across the arms by Hamhuis, but continued to play and assisted on Monahan's goal.Flames defenceman Kris Russell and Canucks forward Alex Burrows fought with a minute 25 seconds remaining, followed shortly after by a scrap between Calgary's Michael Ferland and Vancouver's Kevin Bieksa.The hosts led 2-1 after the opening period on Brodie's go-ahead goal at 15:02.A ferocious forecheck and screens courtesy of the line of Bennett, Colborne and Mikael Backlund gave Brodie the time and space to tee up a slapshot from just inside the blue-line and beat Lack high stick side.Matthias pulled Vancouver even at 9:09. With Hiller spinning onto his back to make the initial save during a goal-mouth scramble, Matthias batted the puck into the open net.Bollig scored the first goal of the game at 6:35 — his first since Feb. 2. Left unchecked in the high slot, he beat Lack with a high wrist shot stick side.Mason Raymond, who was a healthy scratch the first two games of the series in Vancouver, assisted on that goal. Raymond is one of just five Flames with more than 20 games of playoff experience.