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Ryan Miller wins Canucks debut with 4-2 victory over Flames in 1st game under new coach

  • Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller swats away the puck during third period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

    Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller swats away the puck during third period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks' Chris Higgins, left, celebrates his team's goal as Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller, from Switzerland, picks himself up during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

    Vancouver Canucks' Chris Higgins, left, celebrates his team's goal as Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller, from Switzerland, picks himself up during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)  (The Associated Press)

  • Vancouver Canucks' Radim Vrbata, right, is checked into the boards Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.  (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)

    Vancouver Canucks' Radim Vrbata, right, is checked into the boards Calgary Flames' Lance Bouma during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)  (The Associated Press)

Ryan Miller made 23 saves to win his Vancouver debut and the Canucks beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Wednesday night, giving new coach Willie Desjardins a victory in his first game at the helm.

Zack Kassian scored for Vancouver to snap a 1-all tie early in the second period, and Radim Vrbata made it a two-goal cushion at 11:07. Vrbata's goal was initially waived off for a high stick, but the call was changed following a replay review.

Alex Burrows also scored and captain Henrik Sedin added an empty-net goal for the Canucks, who extended their winning streak against Calgary to eight games in a row.

Paul Byron and Jiri Hudler had the goals for the Flames.