Calgary's all-time postseason scoring leader came through again in the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night, scoring the overtime goal -- against the Flames. Paul Reinhart, with the Flames for nine seasons since their last year in Atlanta until he was traded in September, scored 2:47 into overtime of his first postseason as a Vancouver Canuck to shock Calgary 4-3 in the opener of their Smythe Division semifinal.
The defensemen who had scored 72 points in 76 postseason games trickled the puck through Mike Vernon's legs to help the former doormats upset the regular-season champions.
"We wanted respect and this win gives us some additional confidence," said Reinhart, 29. "Calgary knows it is going to be a tough series and so do we. We cannot over-react to the win, Calgary will be back," he said.
Reinhart, whose last season in Calgary was tortured by back spasms and a premature playoff exit _ despite his usual point-per-game pace _ has been a huge part of the Canucks' unexpected success since being traded with Steve Bozek for future considerations.
Practicing only as much as his back would allow but playing better than anyone predicted, Reinhart made the All-Star Game and helped Vancouver's defense rank third in the league as the Canucks became one of the season's biggest surprises.
The Flames' top draft pick in 1979, Reinhart last year played only 14 games because of his back. He returned for the playoffs, however, scoring nine points in eight games as the Flames failed to live up to expectations for the second straight season and were swept out by eventual champion Edmonton.
He played in 64 games, finishing as the team's third-leading scorer with 57 points.
"Vancouver played us hard this year and we were not overconfident," Calgary scoring leader Joey Mullen said.