CANUCKS 3 FLAMES 1
SUN THREE STARS
1. Daniel Sedin, Canucks -- A pair of goals that put the game out of reach for the home side.
2. Henrik Sedin, Canucks -- Two helpers, including a perfect setup for his brother on the nail-in-the-coffin goal.
3. Roberto Luongo, Canucks -- He was at his best when the Flames mounted a push on the powerplay to try and salvage the game in the third period.
Trevor Linden potted his fourth of the season to open the scoring. That's crucial when playing the Flames at the Saddledome.
WHY THE FLAMES LOST
Vancouver gradually stole the momentum, taking advantage of an abundance of Flames turnovers after Calgary failed to start the scoring early. With three posts, there's a dash of bad luck in the mix, too.
With the Flames on a 5-on-3 powerplay in the third, Roberto Luongo used his blocker, body and leg cushions to preserve the shutout during the sudden onslaught.
Alexandre Burrows and Byron Ritchie bumped in front of the benches and then exchanged a few fists during the first period. Burrows got an extra two for roughing.
What would have happened if Tony Amonte had scored on his first-period breakaway?
WHAT IT MEANS
The Canucks tie the Flames in the Northwest Division standings and put Calgary on the ropes heading into tonight's rematch in Vancouver.
D Richie Regehr and F David Moss were recalled from Omaha to fill in for LW Jeff Friesen and D Andrei Zyuzin. Regehr had his bell rung on his third shift of the first period and was kept out of the game.
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks, Tonight, GM Place, 8 p.m., TSN, FAN 960