Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – Eddie Lack recorded 18 saves for his second career shutout as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Calgary Flames, 2-0, Sunday at Scotiabank Saddledome.
Jannik Hansen scored late in the first period while Mike Santorelli added an insurance tally with 2:16 left in regulation as the Canucks (23-11-6) did not show any effect of the week-long break as they notched a third straight win.
Due to a glitch in schedule, the Canucks had a full week between games sandwiched around the Christmas break. However, they returned to form immediately to win for the 10th time in their last 12 outings.
“Of course you want to get back at it,” Hansen said of the long break. “The game is a little different than we’re used to when you’re playing every other night.”
It was the contrary for the Flames, who have been shut out in back-to-back home games since returning from their break. Berra finished with 28 saves for the Flames, who slipped to 14-19-6.
After scoring at least once in their first 33 games, the Flames have been shut out three times in their past six and have won just three times in their past 10 games as well.
“It gets very frustrating out there, but we have to do a better job of keeping our emotions in check and we’ve got to generate more,” Flames captain Mark Giordano said. “We’re not generating enough, and when we are, it seems like it’s not going in right now.”
Despite missing most of warm-ups receiving five or six stitches after a puck off the post hit him in the ear, Henrik Sedin didn’t miss Hansen behind the Flames’ defense to help Vancouver open the scoring.
In the third, Lack stopped 10 shots, including TJ Galiardi’s spinning backhander from the slot at 5:32 and TJ Galiardi’s attempt 2 1/2 minutes later.
The saves paved the way for Santorelli’s ninth goal of the season, unleashing a quick shot past Berra after a feed by Ryan Kesler on a 2-on-1 break.