Inside The Game: Flames vs. Canucks
GAME IN A MINUTE
CALGARY, AB -- Yannick Weber scored the eventual game-winner five minutes into the third period and Eddie Lack recovered from a second period gaff to make 22 saves to lift the Vancouver Canucks to a 2-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on Saturday.
The loss snaps Calgary’s two-game winning streak and gives Vancouver their first win in five games.
Flames starter Joni Ortio made the initial stop on Shawn Matthias, but Weber found the rebound and put it behind the Flames goaltender to put the Canucks up 2-1 at the five-minute mark of the third.
Despite three straight minor penalties from Chris Higgins in the final 10 minutes of the contest, Calgary’s power play couldn’t pull the Flames even, eventually going 0-for-5 against the Canucks on the evening.
After a first period that featured a combined 27 blocks and just five shots on goal, Brian McGrattan opened the scoring for the Flames just 2:13 into the second, skipping a slap shot from center ice behind Lack.
Vancouver responded with Darren Archibald’s first career NHL goal, jamming a puck behind Joni Ortio in a crease scramble just 2:32 after McGrattan’s marker. With an assist on the play, Tyler Wotherspoon recorded his first career NHL point.
GOAL OF THE GAME
McGrattan’s howitzer from center ice skipped by Lack for the 32-year-old’s second goal of the season.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Just seconds before McGrattan’s skipper from center, Ortio flashed a pad on a scramble in his crease to deny the Canucks their first goal of the game.
Three late power plays from the Flames yielded no results, allowing Weber’s goal five minutes into the final frame to stand as the winner.
STAT OF THE GAME
Though Ortio was flawless through the opening 20 minutes, Lance Bouma (4), Ladislav Smid (3) and TJ Brodie all had more blocks than the Flames goaltender had shots at two. In all, the Flames recorded 17 blocked shots in the first period.
Matt Stajan missed the game against Vancouver due to personal reasons. Jiri Hudler (lower body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), David Jones (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.
The Flames return to Scotiabank Saddledome to host the Los Angeles Kings on Monday (7 p.m. MST, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The FAN) and the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday (8 p.m. MST, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).