CALGARY 3 VANCOUVER 1
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The Canucks started Cory Schneider, their first round pick from 2004, in net for his first NHL game on Saturday and the Flames wanted to pounce on the visitors and perhaps capitalize on some butterflies for the 22-year-old Schneider. The did get shots on him early but the kid held his ground, making six stops against the first line of Jarome Iginla, Matthew Lombardi and Michael Cammalleri alone.
The period ended in a 0-0 tie with the edge in scoring chances going to the Flames.
A game that appeared to be lacking emotion got a little spark with 5:55 remaining in the second period when Willie Mitchell and Dion Phaneuf started pushign and shoving to create a rather large scrum in the Canucks zone. The pair barked at each other but, for some reason, the referees kept the pair apart and the fighting to a war of words. Regardless, the edge in the game got a little edgier.
And, finally, at 19:22 of the second, Daymond Langkow tipped a Dion Phaneuf wrist shot past Schneider on the power play to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Credit David Moss for a terrific screen in front on the goal.
David Moss, breaking down the left side on a two-on-one, locks, loads and fires five-hole to give the Flames a 2-0 at 6:11.
However, Kyle Wellwood, on a perfect cross ice feed from Jannik Hansen, spoiled Miikka Kiprusoff's bid for a shutout when he tapped home a goal at 11:26 to make things interesting to the very end.
Matthew Lombardi iced the second win in a row over the Canucks with an empty-net tally.
Coupled with a 4-3 win in Vancouver on Thursday, the Flames are now within one point of Vancouver for top spot in the Northwest Division.