Inside The Game: Flames vs. Canucks
CANUCKS UPEND FLAMES 4-1
VANCOUVER, BC -- The Calgary Flames started with a bang.
But the Vancouver Canucks made more noise Saturday night.
After the Flames opened the scoring in the first period, Vancouver scored five consecutive goals en route to a 5-1 victory at Rogers Center.
Lee Stempniak opened the scoring just 1:42 into the game but the Canucks put up three in the second period – including Jordan Schroeder’s first goal of his NHL career – and a pair in the third to extend their winning streak to five games.
Tied 1-1, Schroeder redirected an Alex Edler point shot behind starter Leland Irving to give Vancouver a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. The Canucks added another with 2:23 remaining in the middle frame off the stick of Kevin Bieksa to extend the lead to three.
Chris Higgins, with a wrister from the slot, put Vancouver up 4-1 just 1:18 into the third period while Schroeder added his second of the game on a rebound from Mason Raymond’s initial shot to ice the victory for the Canucks with 4:19 left in the game.
The loss snaps Calgary’s two-game winning streak but gives them four of a possible six points on their three-game road trip before returning for three at Scotiabank Saddledome.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Stempniak knocked a rebound on Blake Comeau’s original slot behind Canucks starter Cory Schneider to give the Flames an early 1-0 lead.
SAVE OF THE GAME
After wrestling a rebound into the slot, Irving denied Henrik Sedin with the blocker to temporarily preserve a 1-0 lead and keep the Canucks captain scoreless on the season seven minutes into the second period.
Goals 3:41 apart off the sticks of Bieksa and Higgins sandwiched between the second intermission proved to be insurmountable for the Flames, who fall in regulation on the road for the first time this season.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"We didn't show any jump or speed ... we've been skating well this year and tonight we weren't moving our feet."
- Flames captain Jarome Iginla
STAT OF THE NIGHT
In his National Hockey League debut, Ben Street played 12:24, recording two shots and winning 71 per cent of his faceoffs.
The Flames are currently without four regulars in Sven Baertschi (week-to-week, hip flexor), Mikael Backlund (indefinite, lower-body), Mike Cammalleri (day-to-day, hip flexor) and Miikka Kiprusoff (day-to-day, lower body). Cory Sarich and Anton Babchuk were also scratched for Calgary.
The Flames return to the friendly confines of Scotiabank Saddledome for a three-game home stand against the Minnesota Wild on Monday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W), Dallas Stars Wednesday (7:30 p.m. MT, TSN) and the St. Louis Blues Friday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).