Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:50 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. Brendan Morrison, Canucks.

 2. Oleg Saprykin, Flames.

 3. Martin Rucinsky, Canucks.

 TURNING POINT:

 Minutes after the Flames erased a two-goal deficit, Henrik Sedin and Mattias Ohlund tallied to restore Vancouver's lead before the end of the second.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 Just before Calgary finally got on the board, Vancouver's Mike Keane broke in on a two-on-one with Ed Jovanovski. Keane looked like he would pass but fired a shot that was labelled for the top corner, only to see Miikka Kiprusoff flash the trapper.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Jarome Iginla was working his way into the Vancouver zone and was in the trolley tracks thanks to the defender tracking him. That's when Ed Jovanovski stepped up from his defensive posture and clobbered him with a clean hit.

 UNSUNG HERO:

 Mattias Ohlund did his usual number on Jarome Iginla and topped it off by potting a goal.

 SCRATCHES:

 *CALGARY -- On top of C Steve Reinprecht (shoulder), LW Dave Lowry (abdomen), C Dean McAmmond (back) and Stephane Yelle (hip), the Flames sat D Mike Commodore, D Steve Montador, LW Lynn Loyns and LW Martin Sonnenberg.

 *VANCOUVER -- LW Magnus Arvedson (knee), C Mats Lindgren (back), D Bryan Allen (shoulder), D Nolan Baumbartner, RW Jason King, C Ryan Kesler, D Wade Brookbank and RW Tyler Bouck.

 WHAT IT MEANS:

 First blood in the series for the Canucks. Vancouver has now won the first game in the last three playoff meetings between the clubs and taken Game 1 in four of the six series.

 NOTEWORTHY:

 For the Flames, it's series No. 33. The franchise record in the playoffs is 12-20 ... This is Vancouver's 30th franchise series and the Canucks have a 10-19 mark in the previous 29 ... Trevor Linden played his 100th career playoff game as a Canuck, most in franchise history. He is second with 32 goals, two back of the total collected by Pavel Bure and first with 56 assists ... Calgary D Toni Lydman returned after missing a handful of games due to a concussion. LW Oleg Saprykin was also back in action after missing the last outing. He was called a healthy scratch but was hit in the head with a point shot the game before. Same thing with Ville Nieminen, who was nursing a sore wrist and didn't play in Anaheim ... Nine Flames skated in their first NHL playoff game: Denis Gauthier, Jordan Leopold, Chuck Kobasew, Chris Clark, Matthew Lombardi, Oleg Saprykin, Marcus Nilson, Robyn Regehr and Toni Lydman.


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