Inside The Game: Flames vs. Canucks
GAME IN A MINUTE
CALGARY, AB -- For the second straight game, the Calgary Flames failed to find the back of the net.
Jannik Hansen’s goal with 39.7 seconds remaining in the first stood as the winner after goaltender Eddie Lack made 18 saves for his second career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Flames 2-0 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.
The loss marks the second consecutive game the Flames have dropped to a Pacific Division rival by a 2-0 margin. Calgary was shut out by the same score on Friday by the Edmonton Oilers.
After spotting Hansen behind the Flames defence, Henrik Sedin sprung his linemate in alone on Reto Berra. Hansen bobbled the puck before snapping a shot that beat Berra blocker side to put the Canucks up 1-0.
That score held until late in the third.
With 2:16 left on the clock and the Flames pressing for the equalizer, Mike Santorelli converted a 2-on-1 opportunity with Ryan Kesler to put Vancouver up 2-0 and the game out of reach for the Flames.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Just 8:58 into the game, a soft shot from Daniel hit a stick and skipped in on Berra. He made the initial stop and denied a couple whacks from twin brother Henrik.
Hansen’s goal with 39.7 seconds remaining in the first period stood to be the winner after the Flames couldn’t put a puck behind Lack.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“Obviously, two games at home with no goals. That's pretty tough. And at the same time, we're wasting two great performances from Reto Berra. That's the sad part.”
STAT OF THE GAME
In his past two starts, Berra has allowed just three goals on 57 shots.
Christopher Breen and Markus Granlund were scratched against the Blues. Dennis Wideman (broken hand), Kris Russell (MCL sprain), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) and Blair Jones (torn meniscus) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Scotiabank Saddledome for a New Year’s Eve tilt on Tuesday (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W).