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McGrattan may get suspended for hit on Alberts in Flames loss

Andrew Roberts lies on the ice after being heavily taken into the glass by Calgary Flames Brian...

Andrew Roberts lies on the ice after being heavily taken into the glass by Calgary Flames Brian McGrattanin Dec. 29, 2013. McGrattan received a game misconduct for the hit. (Mike Drew/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

CALGARY - Reto Berra was excellent in goal again.

The Calgary Flames gave him absolutely no offensive support.

Again.

The Flames were blanked for the second consecutive game, both on home ice, to spoil yet another quality start from their netminder in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks Sunday.

Calgary, which was shut out by the Edmonton Oilers two nights earlier, has gone 165 minutes and five seconds without scoring, and have just one win in seven outings.

Nobody could fault Berra in either outing. He's stopped 54 of 57 shots in six periods of action, while his team has gone colder than the storm that hit the city on the weekend.

Thanks to the first-year NHLer from Switzerland, who has to have a ticket to the Olympic Winter Games, the Flames nearly survived a one-sided first period against them - shots ended 13-2 and the hosts needed 13 minutes to register a puck on goal - but Jannik Hansen finally opened the scoring in the final minute of the frame.

The night also had some early ugliness when Flames forward Bryan McGrattan was assessed a major penalty, game misconduct and likely a call from the league for an early hit on Andrew Alberts that was called an elbow.

Alberts left the game and didn't return.

Henrik Sedin sprung Hansen with a long breakaway pass, and the speedster managed to corral the puck and rip a shot just inside the far post.

The Flames, who managed just eight shots through the first two periods, found their game in the final frame, but couldn't solve Eddie Lack, who's minding the twine for the Canucks while starting goalie Roberto Luongo is on the shelf.

Mike Santorelli iced the game late in the third period with his third goal in two games against the Flames this season.

Berra finished with 28 saves for the Flames (14-19-6).

Eddie Lack made 18 saves to collect his second shutout for the Canucks (23-11-6).

The Flames face the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday before ringing in the New Year.


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