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Flames Take Two From Canucks

The Calgary Flames had to wait almost seven weeks after losing their first two games of the season to the Vancouver Canucks, but they got a chance for pay back this week, and pay back they did, with a 4-3 win in Vancouver on Thursday night and a hard fought 3-1 win at home last night. For the Flames it was their fifth win in their last six games and they moved to within one point of the Canucks for the lead in the Northwest Division.

For the Canucks it was their fourth game without all-star goalie Roberto Luongo who is out indefinitely with a groin strain. Backup Curtis Sanford won the first two games after Luongo went down but he lost the home game against Calgary on Thursday night. The loss was more a case of a failure by the Canuck special teams then a failure buy Sanford who again had a very good game.

In last night’s game rookie Cory Schneider, playing in his first NHL game, turned in a stellar performance. But once again an ineffective power play, a poor penalty kill, and a few sloppy plays cost the Canucks the game. Mind you when a team can only score one goal, even with the best defense, they will lose more often then they win.

The Canucks continue their seven game road trip with 5 games in the next nine nights all against conference opponents. This will be a big test for a team, that until they met the Flames, were thinking very well of themselves..

The Old Timer
November 30, 2008

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