Still Number One: Canucks beat Flames 4-2.
Remember last year when Mikael Samuelsson, obviously angry that he was left off the Swedish Olympic team went on an incredible tear that ended with him getting 30 goals for the season?
This may be round 2.
Samuelsson had another 2 goals Saturday night, and the Canucks beat their arch rival the Calgary Flames 4-2 in a brisk, fast paced game.
The Canucks, as they often do, 35 times now this season, opened the scoring, with Alex Burrows getting his 16th goal of the season. It was a powerplay marker, and it kept up Burrows' incredible hot streak, as he now has 8 goals in his last 8 games.
The teams traded chances left and right, but Flames netminder Miika Kiprusoff was definitely the busier of the two goaltenders. Kiprusoff, who has pullen himself out of a lengthy slump, was in top form Saturday, stopping premium scoring chances.
In the second period, the Flames showed some resiliance. Keep in mind; this is a desperate hockey club looking for any points they can get, being that the Western Conference is an absolute dogfight right now. A mere two minutes into the second, Tim Jackman, arguably the Flames most consistent forward this season, got his career high tenth of the year, beating Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo. Luongo had 24 saves in the victory. Less than three minutes later, Curtis Glencross scored his 17th of the year, and took all life out of Rogers Arena. However, Mikael Samuelsson replied, for the Canucks, with a little help from his friends.
With Ryan Kesler screening Kiprusoff in front of the net, Samuelsson took a high, rising wrist shot that beat Kipper over the shoulder. Replays showed the Kiprusoff probably never even saw the puck, given how well Kesler was screening.
Less than three minutes later, it was Samuelsson scoring again, this time on a slapshot on the powerplay. The Canucks powerplay has been lethal lately, and they continued the trend, going 2 for 3 on the night.
The Flames put lots of pressure on the 'Nucks in the third, but the boys in blue held their ground. Alex Burrows iced the game when he scored his 18th into an empty net. The Canucks next play Monday in St Louis against the Blues.
Notes: Sami Salo played his first NHL game of the season, he was an even rating and had a little over fifteen minutes of ice time... Roberto Luongo has not lost a game in regulation since Dec. 5th...Mikael Samuelsson has 12 points in his last 6 games.