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Canucks topple Flames 3-2

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Flames Line-Up
Forward Lines
Tanguay Lombardi Iginla
Huselius Langkow Kobasew


Yelle McCarty
Nilson Lundmark Ritchie
Defence Pairings
A. Ference Giordano
B. Ference Zyuzin
Hamrlik Ri. Regehr
Kiprusoff McLennan


VANCOUVER (CP) -- Jan Bulis scored with a quick
shot off a third period face-off Friday night to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 NHL exhibition victory over the Calgary Flames.

Bulis, acquired as a free agent when he was not re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens, found the top corner over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff after a face-off win by Brendan Morrison.

The Canucks had to survive consecutive minor penalties late in the game as the Flames tried to get a tie with Kiprusoff lifted for an extra attacker.

Ryan Kesler and Josh Green scored the other Vancouver goals. Jarome Iginla gave the Flames an early lead and Andrei Zyuzin also counted for Calgary.

The Canucks had lost five of six earlier pre-season games as coach Alain Vigneault experimented with line combinations and auditioned most players in Vancouver's system under game conditions.

Now, with the roster heavily trimmed, the 2-5 Canucks are into the tweaking stage as they prepare to open the season Thursday in Detroit against the Red Wings.

Both teams iced lineups that will be close to the personnel who will open the season.

New Canuck left wings Jan Bulis and Taylor Pyatt worked on the top two lines.

Bulis skated with twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin for 40 minutes while Pyatt played with Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund.

Matthew Lombardi centred Calgary's top line between Iginla and Alex Tanguay.

The loss was the second in a row for the Flames (3-2-1) who won the Northwest Division title last season but were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kesler and Green scored 51 seconds apart midway through the opening period and the teams were tied 2-2 after an uptempo 40 minutes as Vancouver enjoyed a 24-10 edge in shots.

Rookie defenceman Luc Bourdon set up Kesler with a clever pass through the middle. Kesler got a shot on Kiprusoff, then backhanded home his own rebound.

Green gave Vancouver a 2-1 lead when he scooped a loose puck under Kiprusoff, who entered the game with a shaky .778 save percentage.

Iginla opened the scoring on the power play with his third goal in four games. His rocket from the top of the faceoff circle went over the glove of Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo at 1:46.

Zyuzin, a Flames free agent signing, tied the game three seconds after a Vancouver penalty expired early in the second period. His rising screened shot was a carbon copy of Iginla's first-period effort.

Notes: The Canucks conclude exhibition play here Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers while the Flames visit the San Jose Sharks. ... Calgary beat the Canucks 3-1 in the teams' first exhibition game. ... Both clubs won four games against each other last season.


  • The Flames travel to San Jose for their final game of the pre-season on Saturday, Sept. 30. Gametime is 8:30 p.m. MT.
  • The regular season opens on Oct. 5 when the Flames travel north to Edmonton to kick-off the Battle of Alberta.

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