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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Canucks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames





CALGARY -- Despite opening the scoring against the Vancouver Canucks, the Calgary Flames were handed a 5-1 loss from their divisional rivals on Sunday night.

It turned into the Mason Raymond show after the youngster notched his first career hat trick and gave the Canucks a commanding four-goal lead. The 24-year-old had one of the best games in his career and was a scoring threat every shift.

The first period wasn't a pleasant one for the home team. Iginla opened the scoring at 7:15 of the first period with a tip-in from a Jay Bouwmeester shot from the blueline. After that, it was all Vancouver. Henrik Sedin continued on his torrid pace with an equalizer at 8:31 and Kyle Wellwood scored the go-ahead goal just 34 seconds later. Raymond added two goals to end the opening stanza.

In hopes of kick-starting his club, head coach Brent Sutter switched netminders to start the second period. Unfortunately for his club, it didn't ignite the offense like he would have hoped. Raymond scored his third goal of the night to give the Canucks a four-goal advantage heading into the third frame.

The third period wasn't much better for the Flames. Dustin Boyd nearly gave his team a second goal of the game while the Flames were on the power play late in the third period but knocked the puck past Luongo with a high-stick. That was all the offense they could muster in the final period.

"We can't let that happen in our rink," said Jarome Iginla in a quiet Flames dressing room. "It's not good enough at home. It's not good enough anywhere. We are embarassed by that game."

The Flames are now 2-1-0 against the Canucks this season and are 8-1-0 against Canadian teams this campaign.

The Flames won't get any time to rest as they head to Edmonton to take on the Oilers on Monday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m. MST on Rogers Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.

The Flames had a terrible first period and it killed their chances of a comeback. They opened the scoring at 7:15 but sat back after Iginla's tally. They allowed four goals and only sent six shots at Luongo in the first 20 minutes. The power play wasn't up to snuff either. The boys in red had three opportunities with the man advantage but couldn't muster up a goal.

Staffan Kronwall and Fredrik Sjostrom were healthy scratches ... this was the last time the Flames and Canucks will meet at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The next three contests will be at GM Place ... Calgary will play four of their next five games at home ... the Flames opened the season series with the Canucks with two 5-3 victories in October.

Iginla's opening tally was his 20th of the year. He has now has 12 seasons with 20+ goals ... the Canucks scored their first 2 goals 34 seconds apart. The first 3 goals of the game were scored in 1:50 ... Conroy is now just 1 point away from 300 with the Flames ... McElhinney made his 6th appearance this season ... Kiprusoff has been pulled 2 times this season ... Boyd won 75 per cent of his draws.

After relieving Kiprusoff in the second period, McElhinney didn't have very much time to get into the game as the Canucks went on the power play early in the frame. Henrik Sedin nearly notched his second of game with the man advantage when he ripped a hard wrister stick-side off a rebound. McElhinney was on the other side of the net when H. Sedin fired the shot but managed to slide across just in time to make the key save.


Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla
Aaron Johnson
A fiesty night for the blueliner
Curtis McElhinney
Solid in relief appearance
Jarome Iginla
Scored his 20th of the year

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