Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

ST. LOUIS BLUES AT CALGARY FLAMES

TOMORROW AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTNET, RADIO: FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. G Alex Auld, Canucks -- Made 30 saves for the win.

2. F Anson Carter, Canucks -- Scored the winner with a laser.

3. D Bryan Allen, Canucks -- A workhorse in the absence of the team's top defenders.

TURNING POINT:

Two Canucks goals in just nine seconds late in the second period were momentum-changers.

BIG SAVE:

Alex Auld was busy for the Canucks and had to be exceptionally quick when Daymond Langkow tested him with a couple of attempts early in the third period as the Flames tried to draw even. Auld turned aside a hard wrister with his trapper and then covered the ice on Langkow's low tip seconds later.

HARD HIT:

There were solid checks throughout the night but the best came in the opening period when Robyn Regehr lined up a streaking Matt Cooke along the boards in the Calgary zone. Regehr angled his hit perfectly and took the Canucks forward out at top speed. Both were thrown off balance and then Todd Bertuzzi tripped over the pile as an added bonus.

UNSUNG HERO:

The twins, Henrik Sedin and brother Daniel, arrived in Calgary from London late yesterday afternoon but showed no lack of energy all night. They set up the winning goal, too.

FIGHT CARD:

Chris Simon went after Canucks D Wade Brookbank in a rage at centre ice just a couple of minutes into the contest, first laying into him with the body, then shoving him a few times before dropping the gloves. Simon won the tilt with a solid left uppercut that knocked Brookbank's helmet off and then just missed with the straight-left follow-up.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik (hand), C Jason Wiemer and newcomer D Cale Hulse, who arrived during the game.

VANCOUVER -- D Sami Salo (shoulder), D Mattias Ohlund (ribs), D Nolan Baumgartner (ankle), D Ed Jovanovski (abdominal surgery), G Dan Cloutier (knee), F Rick Rypien (leg) and Tyler Bouck (healthy).

BURNING QUESTION:

How ill do the Flames feel letting this one get away from them with the Canucks missing three of their top four defenders?

WHAT IT MEANS:

The Canucks tie the Flames atop the Northwest Division standings but Calgary has a couple of games in hand.


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