Flames heat up Garage

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

Vancouver Canucks have exploded with a dozen goals in their last three games.

Jan Bulis has scored in three consecutive games. Yannick Tremblay scored once and assisted twice in his first NHL game since 2004. Marc Chouinard and Ryan Kesler have singles while Kevin Bieksa has a goal in each of the last two games.

"It's three games in a row where we've had some finish. Hopefully we can continue on that," said head coach Alain Vigneault.

Secondary scoring is surging at a time when primary is dipping. Captain Markus Naslund's name has only appeared once during the three games that followed the 4-0 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. He has only an assist on Bulis' Friday goal.

Naslund wasn't part of the scoring parade against the lowly Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. Canucks had four goals after the first period and coasted to a 5-2 win over the Wayne Gretzky-coached Desert Dogs. The win's significance was tempered by the fact the Coyotes are slightly better than the NHL's conference cellar dwellers: Philadelphia Flyers in the East and the St. Louis Blues in the West.

Canucks host the Calgary Flames tonight in the teams' second matchup in less than a week (7 p.m., Team 1040/Sportsnet). They'll meet twice more before the end of December. Flames drove goaltender Roberto Luongo out of the net in last Saturday's 5-3 Canucks' loss in Cowtown.

Flames are 15-13, including three tiebreaker losses. Canucks are 15-16 and have one post-regulation defeat.


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