It Was Over Early
Chris Higgins got the party started on a first period breakaway that left Miikka Kiprusoff clueless and the Canucks never looked back, potting four more past the Flames in a 5-1 victory.
The Canucks picked up where they left off Saturday against the Capitals, crushing the Flames with the same talent and intensity that toppled the Western Conference favourites over the weekend.
Despite the win, Roberto Luongo’s sour luck continued after a last minute goal from Alex Tanguay snapped the shutout bid with only 32 seconds remaining.
It was a real shame to see sweet Lu lose the clean sheet following a solid performance, but considering the Canucks’ recent playoff history one would hope Luongo is no longer concerned with personal statistics.
It was a wonder the Flames got anything at all going late in the third period after 59 minutes of complete paralysis, unable to muster any response to the relentless road team. It was a long night for the Flames who were jeered by the home crowd on several occasions, most audibly after Olli Jokinen hit the cross bar behind Luongo.
The Flames couldn’t buy a goal on the few opportunities they managed in Vancouver’s end.
The look on Brent Sutter’s face said it all, his players were tremendously atrocious Tuesday and are sure to see several practices over the next few days that make Alain Vigneault’s morning skate look like open ice over Christmas break.
Miikka Kiprusoff was given the Rogers Arena special late in the second period Tuesday after allowing the fifth goal of the game; however it was hard to blame him for the loss on a night where his team allowed a breakaway, a 5-on-3 and another man advantage all in the first period.
Did You Notice?
The good people at Canucks HD captured a great clip from Tuesday’s action that might make the loss a little less difficult to swallow for Flames fans. Lee Stempniak’s second period hit on Alex Edler sent the glass back far enough to bump a bystander and his beer, leaving the fan as stunned as Brent Sutter as he stood over his new formed lake of beer.
It was a tough night for Flames fans to say the least.