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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Canucks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames came into their first game of against the Vancouver Canucks hoping to move within three points of the Northwest Division leaders. Their game plan did not pan out exactly they way they wanted.

The Canucks opened the six-game season series with a 7-2 victory. Mason Raymond scored a hat trick in the contest.

Vancouver opened the scoring at 2:00 thanks to Raymond's sharp angle shot and then added their second goal just under 7:00 later when Jeff Tambellini squeaked one under Miikka Kiprusoff.

Tim Jackman got the Flames on the board at 10:01 of the opening period. Mark Giordano sent a hard slap shot on net and Jackman, who was planted in front of the net, got his stick on the shot to deflect it past Roberto Luongo.

In the second stanza, the Canucks once again opened the scoring with Daniel Sedin beating Kiprusoff at 3:05 while Vancouver was on the power play. Calgary answered back at 6:22 when Alex Tanguay notched his seventh of the season.

Vancouver extended their lead in the final frame with Raymond scoring his second of the contest and Alex Burrows adding a fifth Canucks goal at 6:16. Raymond added his third tally at 15:37. Dan Hamhuis added a late goal.

At exactly 2:00 in, the Canucks opened the scoring with an extremely lucky bounce. Mason Raymond sent a wrist shot on net from a sharp angle and while it looked like an easy save for Kiprusoff, the puck bounced off Brendan Mikkelson and into the back of the net.

The quick start elevated the Canucks offensive game and they never looked back, beating Kiprusoff seven times in 60 minutes.

Tanguay is best known for his exceptional passing plays but on Wednesday night, the left winger displayed his scoring prowess.

Just over 6:00 into the middle stanza, the Flames came barreling into the offensize zone. Stajan and Iginla battled away at one side of the net while Tanguay placed himself at the side of the net. When he got the puck, he wasted no time in putting together the Flames second goal. Tanguay took the initial shot from close range at the side of the net and when Luongo couldn't corral the puck, the forward grabbed his own rebound and shot the puck from behind the net. The puck bounced off Luongo and into the back of the net.

When the Flames signed winger Tim Jackman in the off-season, they said they wanted to add more grit to their lineup. Not only has the tough guy done that, he's now potted three goals in 25 games, putting him just a single tally shy of his production last season.

Jackman played 5:41 against the Canucks, was a +1, sent 4 shots on net, had 3 shots blocked by Vancouver and squared off against Tanner Glass, winning the fight.

Brendan Morrison spent 7 and a half seasons with the Canucks, scoring 123 goals in that span. He signed a one-year contract with the Flames just before the regular season began. He's notched four goals and 11 points in 25 games in Calgary.

Against his former team, Morrison played 16:23, was a +1 and won 67 per cent of his faceoffs,

"The first unit went out there and didn't spend any time in the offensive zone so I thought I'd give the defencemen an opportunity." - Head coach Brent Sutter on his decision to put five blueliners on the power play in the third period

  Friday, Dec. 3 vs. Minnesota
  6:00 PM MT (SNET West, FAN 960)

For the second time in five days, the Flames will face off against the Minnesota Wild. On Monday, Calgary blanked their divisional rivals 3-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This is second tilt of a six-game season series.

The puck drops at 6:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
22 Points for Tanguay in 25 games.
15 Minutes in penalties handed to Glencross in the second period.
4 Shots on net for Jackman, leading the Flames.
36 Minutes in penaties taken by the Flames.
7:31 Time spent on the penalty kill for Jay Bouwmeester.

1st Star
Mason Raymond
G A P +/- Shots
3 1 4 +2 4
2nd Star
Ryan Kesler
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +1 4
3rd Star
Daniel Sedin
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 5

Roberto Luongo
20 18 2 59:50 .900

Miikka Kiprusoff
36 29 5 59:47 .805

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