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GAME: Vancouver Canucks (10-3-2) at Calgary Flames (7-7-2).

TIME: Monday, 9 p.m. EST.

The Vancouver Canucks couldn't figure out Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the first of back-to-back meetings between the teams.

They'll get another shot at one of the league's hottest goalies when the teams face off again in Calgary.

Kiprusoff made 23 saves for his third shutout of the season in the Flames' 1-0 win over the Northwest Division-leading Canucks on Saturday.

Kiprusoff, tied for the league lead in shutouts, has not allowed a goal in 99:01. He has surrendered only one goal in the Flames' last three games, all victories.

Calgary has outscored opponents 6-1 during its season-high three-game winning streak.

"Fortunately we've got a chance here to rebound on Monday," Vancouver captain Markus Naslund said. "We didn't get in close enough to really test Kiprusoff."

Vancouver's Alex Auld, the team's starter while Dan Cloutier recovers from a concussion, stopped 26 shots on Saturday, but was charged with his first loss of the season.

"The guy at the other end stood on his head and played amazing," said Auld, who fell to 5-1-1. "Obviously I wasn't going to win every game all year and go undefeated."

Marcus Nilson scored the game's lone goal midway through the first period on a pass from Craig MacDonald, giving MacDonald his first point in six games with the Flames.

"I threw a pass out front to him and he made a great play to finish it," MacDonald said. "It's exciting to get my first point as a Flame."

Vancouver, which has lost three straight on the road, is tied with Carolina for the league's best home record (7-0-0).

The Canucks are 7-2-2 in their last 11 games at Calgary.

STANDINGS (through Nov. 6): Canucks - 22 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Flames - 16 points, 4th place (tied), 6 PB, Northwest Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Canucks - Naslund, 8 goals and 16 points; Ed Jovanovski, 10 assists; Wade Brookbank, 34 PIM. Flames - Jarome Iginla, 7 goals and 12 points; Roman Hamrlik, 8 assists; Darren McCarty, 42 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 6): Canucks - Power play: 16.3 percent (18 for 110), 19th in NHL. Penalty killing: 80.4 percent (70 for 87), tied for 20th. Flames - Power play: 11.6 percent (12 for 103), 29th. Penalty killing: 79.2 percent (80 for 101), 24th.

GOALTENDERS: Canucks - Auld (5-1-1, 2.02); Rob McVicar (no appearances). Flames - Kiprusoff (7-6-2, 3 SO, 2.31); Philippe Sauve (0-1-0, 3.04).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 5; Flames, 1-0. At Calgary, Alberta, The Flames outshot the Canucks 27-23 and killed all seven Vancouver power plays.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canucks - 3-3-2 on the road; Flames - 5-1-1 at home.

Associated Press
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