Living up to their rivalry

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

The Vancouver Canucks get another chance to douse the Calgary Flames tonight in the Alberta city.

The Northwest division rivals met for the first of eight regular season games on Saturday night, with Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff earning the 1-0 shutout before 17,439 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Flame Marcus Nilson was the only goal scorer at 10:28 of the first period. He took advantage of a pass from Craig MacDonald after Canuck goaltender Alex Auld tried clearing the puck around teammate Wade Brookbank.

Brookbank, Jarkko Ruutu and Trevor Linden received five-minute major penalties during the fight-filled first period.

Canucks, scoreless in seven power play attempts, shot 23 times on Kiprusoff, the Finn who propelled Calgary into the 2004 Stanley Cup finals. The loss was Auld's first of the season.

Tonight's game, a 6 p.m. start on CKNW and Sportsnet, is Vancouver's 10th meeting with a Northwest division rival. Canucks, 10-3-2 overall, have a 4-3-2 divisional record.


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