Game Story: Vancouver Canucks 4, Calgary Flames 1
Herald three stars were Roberto Luongo, Max Reinhart and Max Lapierre
1. Roberto Luongo, Canucks — With Cory Schneider out with flu and U of C goalie Dustin Butler playing caddy, Bobby Lou shuts the door until his mates turn on the offensive jets late.
2. Max Reinhart, Flames — Registers first NHL point, a helper, and tests Roberto Luongo four times in the second period alone. Noticeable, which is what they’re always looking for from a freshman.
3. Max Lapierre, Canucks — Ever industrious, the super pest really ticks Flames off with game winner 12 and a half minutes into the third period.
WHY THE FLAMES LOST
Because they couldn’t Canuck ‘tender Roberto Luongo more than once despite their share of shots, and wilted badly in the final 10 minutes when Vancouver’s class takes over.
THE NOT-SO-BIG HIT
In a divisional-rivalry game woefully short on seismic smacks, Curtis Glencross lines up Canucks RW Dale Weise along the woodwork but winds up getting the worst of things.
THE BIG SAVE
With nine minutes left in the first period, Flame G Miikka Kiprusoff blunts down a Keith Ballard wrister with his blocker but the burly Tom Sesito roars in and forces the Finn to a sharp save as the rebound lay tantalizingly in the crease.
THE BIG FIGHT
A few nasty sideways glances but nary a mitten is shed in anger.
Calgary — D Anton Babchuk, D Derek Smith (lower body), C Matt Stajan (upper body), C Paul Byron (hand), LW Jiri Hudler (upper body), RW Brian McGrattan (shoulder). Man-games lost: 96
Vancouver — D Cam Barker, RW Steven Pinizzotto, G Cory Schneider (sick), D Chris Tanev (lower body), C Manny Malhotra (eye), LW Chris Higgins (lower body), RW David Booth (ankle). Man-games lost: 124
Canucks 4 Flames 1
1. Calgary, C Glencross 15 (M Reinhart, L Stempniak) 16:17.
2. Vancouver, A Burrows 12 (J Garrison, H Sedin) 17:21.
Penalties — J Garrison Van (Hooking) 12:53.
Penalties — D Sedin Van (Hooking) 4:57; A Tanguay Cgy (Hooking) 5:25; R Kesler Van (Hooking) 11:38; S Baertschi Cgy (Tripping) 13:44; D Roy Van (Unsportsmanlike conduct) 15:02; B Jones Cgy (Roughing) 15:02; M Lapierre Van (Tripping) 16:56.
3. Vancouver, M Lapierre 3 (A Ebbett) 12:37.
4. Vancouver, M Raymond 10 (D Hamhuis, R Kesler) 15:34.
5. Vancouver, D Sedin 11 (pp) (H Sedin, D Hamhuis) 17:27.
Penalties — M Giordano Cgy (Delay of Game) 0:11; M Giordano Cgy (Hooking) 16:22.
Shots on goal by
Vancouver 10 10 9—29
Calgary 13 10 18—41
Power plays (goals-chances) — Vancouver: 1-4, Calgary: 0-4.
Goal (shots-saves) — Vancouver: R Luongo (41-40, W, 8-4-3). Calgary: M Kiprusoff (29-25, L, 6-13-2).
Referees — Brad Meier, Mike Leggo. Linesmen — Don Henderson, Mark Wheler.
Att. at Calgary, AB — 19,289.
The Flames brace for Friday’s visit from David Moss and the Phoenix Coyotes (7 p.m., Sportsnet West, The FAN 960).
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