Flames-Canucks: Game Blog
Despite a furious rush at the end of the third period, the Flames couldn't find the tying goal.
H. Sedin took a hooking call late and while the Flames were able to set up shop, they weren't able to generate a power play marker. After that, Calgary pulled their netminder for six attackers but the Canucks defence clamped down and didn't allow them to get properly set up.
It's the first set of back-to-back games the Flames have lost since the first week of January.
SECOND PERIOD RECAP: 4-3 CANUCKS
The Canucks kept the pressure up early in the second period and it paid off. Daniel Sedin scored the equalizer at 9:46 when he was able to skate into the slot unattended and wire home a Henrik Sedin pass from behind the net.
Calgary's top line responded in fine fashion, however. After gaining possession in the Canucks zone, the trio was able to get the puck on net after a nice cycling play. Jarome Iginla and David Moss crashed the net after realizing Luongo didn't have a handle on the puck and after some digging, Moss was able to bury it to make it 3-2.
The back-and-forth affair continued as Alex Burrows tipped a shot past Kiprusoff at 15:41 of the period.
The Canucks gained the lead late when Rene Bourque was called for tripping in the neutral zone. D. Sedin scored his second of the night on the power play, making it 4-3.
FIRST PERIOD RECAP: 2-1 FLAMES
With first line center Brendan Morrison sidelined with an injury, the rest of the Flames pivots have stepped up their game to make up for his absence. That amped-up work ethic was on display early and often in the first period.
Just over 2:00 into the frame, Mikael Backlund stripped Mikael Samuelsson of the puck at the blueline, making the veteran look a tad foolish, before cruising in through the slot. He alternated between his forehand and backhand so that netminder Roberto Luongo wouldn't be able to commit to a shot until the last second and the move paid off. Backlund opted to roof it via his backhand and gave his team a 1-0 lead at 2:14. The goal was unassisted.
The next centerman to step up was Matt Stajan. Defenceman Cory Sarich knocked down a Canucks clearing attempt and sent a shot at net. With a ton of traffic around him, Luongo wasn't able to see where the puck was bouncing before it was too late. Tim Jackman got his stick on the shot and knocked it slightly to the side where Stajan batted it in to gain the 2-0 advantage.
The Canucks responded with a power play marker. Giordano had taken a hooking call and Ryan Kesler deflected a Samuelsson shot just 22 seconds in.
After 20:00, shots were 12-7 for Vancouver. Both clubs took one minor in the frame.
Flames scratches: D Brendan Mikkelson, D Brett Carson, F Brendan Morrison, F Fredrik Modin
Flames starting lineup: G Miikka Kiprusoff, D Mark Giordano, D Cory Sarich, F Tom Kostopoulos, F Matt Stajan, F Tim Jackman
Canucks scratches: F Tanner Glass
Canucks starting lineup: G Roberto Luongo, D Sammi Salo, D Aaron Rome, F Raffi Torres, F Manny Malholtra, F Jannik Hansen