Hansen’s 2 goals lead Canucks over Flames
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Rookie Jannik Hansen scored two goals and linemates Ryan Kesler and Alexander Burrows both had three assists to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-1 preseason victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.
Roberto Luongo made several spectacular stops among his 35 saves in his first start since being named captain a day earlier. As per league rules, Luongo, since he is a goaltender, couldn’t wear the “C” or perform any of the normal duties associated with being the captain, such as discussing calls with referees.
Hansen gave the Canucks a 2-0 lead less than five minutes in, converting a 2-on-1 feed from Kesler, then made it 5-1 early in the third period. Defenseman Lawrence Nycholat and rookie Mason Raymond also scored for Vancouver.
Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 17 saves, but they included a handful of highlight stops to keep it close early, twice robbing Raymond, including a glove stop on a 2-on-1 less than a minute before defenseman Robyn Regehr scored to make it 2-1.
Demitra restored Vancouver’s two-goal lead midway through the second period, converting a cross-ice backdoor pass from Kyle Wellwood for the first power-play goal allowed by the Flames in 33 chances this preseason.
The Flames (4-2-0), playing for the second straight night after a 4-0 win in Edmonton on Tuesday, rested their top two centers, but dressed captain Jarome Iginla their top four defenseman, including Dion Phaneuf. The Flames lost forward Rene Bourque after he took a shot off the foot during the late run of power plays.