Canucks 6 Flames 2
Trevor Linden scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks ended a four-game slump with a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames March 30 at GM Place.
Roberto Luongo allowed the visitorâ€™s first shot for the second time this month, but the Canucks recovered for a 6-2 blowout win. Flame David Moss opened scoring March 31. Nashville Predator Vernon Fiddler beat Luongo on the Predsâ€™ first shot March 6, but Vancouver recovered to win 6-2.
Matthew Lombardi took advantage of a limping Ryan Kesler to give Calgary a lead with 68 seconds left in the first period. Then Markus Naslund netted a â€œPaul Hardcastle Specialâ€ for a first intermission tie. Number 19â€™s marker came at 19:19. (One-hit wonder â€œ19â€ made manager Simon "Spice Girls" Fuller rich.)
Miikka Kiprusoff, the Flamesâ€™ goaltender with the double vowels and consonants, was replaced by Curtis Joseph after Linden scored consecutive second period goals to double Vancouverâ€™s lead.
Save of the game:
Alexander Edler prevented a rushing Jarome Iginla from stuffing the puck on a second period power play.
Out like a lion:
The Canucks won six regulation games, one in overtime and lost eight in March.
Two-time Olympic hockey gold medalist Cassie Campbell, ex-Canucksâ€™ superboss and 2002 Olympic gold medal coach Pat Quinn, and Vancouver 2010 mascots Miga, Quatchi and Sumi attended the game.
The Canucks cannot be fooling when they host the Colorado Avalanche April 1 (7 p.m. Team 1040/Sportsnet HD). The Flames return for the season finale on Saturday.