Inside The Game: Flames vs. Canucks
LUONGO, CANUCKS DROP FLAMES 4-1
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames ran into another hot Vancouver Canucks goaltender.
Five days after Cory Schneider kicked out 36 shots en route to downing the Flames 5-2 on Saturday, surprise starter Roberto Luongo made 40 saves while the Canucks scored three third period goals in a 4:50 span to lift Vancouver to a 4-1 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
Locked 1-1 heading into the third, Maxim Lapierre broke the tie at 12:37, putting the Canucks up after batting a pass from Andrew Ebbett behind Flames starter Miikka Kiprusoff.
Vancouver added another at 15:34 after Mason Raymond batted a Dan Hamhuis rebound out of mid-air and into the back of the cage.
Daniel Sedin capped off the third period flurry after taking a pass from Henrik Sedin in the slot and ripping it behind Kiprusoff.
The trio of goals came after the Flames had thrown more than a dozen shots towards Luongo, who played in place of the ill Schneider, who was projected to start the game.
Curtis Glencross put Calgary on the board late in the first period, bouncing a shot off Ryan Kesler and into the net at 16:17.
The goal was quickly answered by Alexandre Burrows, who got credit for his 12th of the season after a crease scramble around Kiprusoff.
Both Kiprusoff and Luongo held shooters at bay in the second period, turning aside a combined 20 shots.
GOAL OF THE GAME
After having his initial shot blocked, Glencross fired again, bouncing the puck of Kesler's shin pad and behind Luongo with 3:43 remaining in the first period.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Working a stationary give-and-go on the power play, Burrows fed Kesler in the slot for a one-timer that was equalled by Kiprusoff's blocker with six minutes remaining in the second period.
Lapierre's game winner at 12:37 stood as the game winner, but Mason Raymond's goal less than three minutes later gave the Canucks more than enough breathing room.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I think it takes a little bit of pressure off you, a little bit of a relief. I was just able to settle down there, knowing I got at least one point while I was up here."
STAT OF THE GAME
With an assist on Glencross' 15th goal of the season, Maxwell Reinhart earned his first career National Hockey League point.
Jiri Hudler (upper body), Matt Stajan (upper body) and Brian McGrattan (shoulder) all missed Calgary's contest against the Canucks. Paul Byron (wrist) and Derek Smith (knee) remain out of the lineup as well.
The Flames host the Phoenix Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before shuttling off to Edmonton to face the Oilers on Saturday night (8 p.m. MT, CBC).