Flames Game Review

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

THREE STARS

1. G Roberto Luongo, Canucks -- Shut the door in the shootout and was solid all night.

2. G Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- Blocked 40 Canucks shots but also had the save of the year in the final period.

3. C Ryan Kesler, Canucks -- Two goals the hard way, fighting his way to the net.

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: B+

OFFENCE: B-

DEFENCE: B+

GOALTENDING: A

POWERPLAY: C

PENALTY KILL: B

WHAT IT MEANS

The Canucks victory means they move to within eight points of the Northwest Division leading Flames.

SAVE OF THE GAME (YEAR?)

On a third-period powerplay, a gaping cage stood in front of Kyle Wellwood off a rebound, but Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff reached back to snag the shot with the paddle of his stick. The play brought chants of 'Kipper' from the soldout crowd.

GOAL OF THE GAME

After Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff slammed the door on his first attempt at the side of the net, Canucks C Ryan Kesler batted the puck out of mid-air off the rebound.

FIGHT CARD

Flames LW Andre Roy tried to tussle with Canucks LW Darcy Hordichuk, but the pair fell to the ice quickly.

SCRATCHES

Calgary -- C Wayne Primeau (foot), LW Brandon Prust, D Jim Vandermeer (ankle) and D Rhett Warrener (shoulder).

Vancouver -- LW Mason Raymond, D Rob Davison, D Lawrence Nycholat (groin), RW Rick Rypien (sports hernia)

UP NEXT

Calgary Flames at Minnesota Wild, tomorrow, 6 p.m., Pay-Per-View.

NOTABLES

Flames captain Jarome Iginla's first-period goal broke a seven-game drought. With a third-period assist, Iginla tied Al MacInnis for second on the franchise's all-time points list ... Kyle Wellwood took a first-period penalty, the first infraction for the Canucks forward since April 11, 2006, a span of 159 games ... Canucks C Ryan Kesler's first goal was the 12th shorthanded tally allowed by the Flames this season ... With an assist on the opening goal, Flames LW Rene Bourque extended his point streak to five games.


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