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Flames fall in Vancouver

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

VANCOUVER, BC -- The Calgary Flames couldn't contain the Vancouver Canucks power play and fell 3-0 in pre-season action on Friday.

All three of Canucks tallies were scored with the man advantage. The Flames went zero-for-three on the power play.

"We gave them too many chances on the power play," Paul Byron said. "It was hard to get in the game, especially in the second period on."

Karri Ramo, making his pre-season debut, stopped all eight shots he faced in the opening period. Doug Carr took over in net at the start of the second period and played the final 40 minutes for the Flames.

Carr made 22 saves on 25 shots.

After a scoreless first period, the Canucks took control in the second stanza.

They outshot the Flames 19-6 and scored twice with the man advantage. At 7:27 of the period, Linden Vey corralled a rebound at close range and fired it past Carr.

Jannik Hansen recorded the Canucks second power play marker at the 10:32 mark, firing a shot from the point that evaded Carr.

The Canucks added their final power play goal in the third period when Radim Vrbata registered his first goal of the pre-season at 2:06.

The Flames iced a very young roster in comparison and while the outcome wasn't what he would have liked, head coach Bob Hartley was pleased with the work ethic of his team.

"I'm very proud of our kids," Hartley stated. "This was a very good NHL team and they played very well. Our kids tried their best."

Calgary's next pre-season game comes on Sunday when they face the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. The game is set for 6:00 PM MT and will be broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The FAN.

NOTE: Markus Granlund (upper body) left the game after two periods. He will be evaluated tomorrow.

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