Weekend split for Canucks

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Netminder Dany Sabourin relieved Roberto Luongo in the second period for the second time in a month during Saturday's 5-3 Vancouver Canucks' loss to the Flames in Calgary.

Luongo was gone before the game's halfway point when he allowed a goal by Dean Lombardi to give Calgary a 4-1 lead at 9:43 of the second.

Of the seven shots Luongo faced in the second, two were goals.

Jan Bulis and Kevin Bieksa pulled the Canucks to within a goal in the third, but Alex Tanguay scored the empty-netter. Sabourin saved 13 shots in Vancouver's ninth loss in 11 tries against a Northwest division opponent. The Flames tied a team record ninth consecutive home win.

Sabourin was also called in to mop up after Luongo allowed the Anaheim Ducks a 3-0 lead on Nov. 9 in Vancouver, but gave up three more goals in the 6-0 loss.

The Canucks eked out a 4-3 overtime win against the visiting Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes on Friday.

Underperformers Jan Bulis and Marc Chouinard and newcomer Yannick Tremblay gave the Canucks a 3-0 lead. Carolina stormed back with a third period trio to force overtime.

During his last 52:45 of play, Canucks' $6-million man Luongo has allowed seven goals on 44 shots.

Ex-Canuck Ed Jovanovski and the Wayne Gretzky-coached Phoenix Coyotes visit tomorrow (7 p.m. Team 1040/Sportsnet).


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