Canucks 2, Flames 0

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Vancouver Canucks insisted they were confident in backup goaltender Eddie Lack while their usual go-to guy recovered from a groin injury.
In his first start since Roberto Luongo was hurt, Lack didn't disappoint.
Lack wasn't especially busy, but the 25-year-old stopped all 18 shots fired his direction to backstop the Canucks to a 2-0 shutout victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Right-winger Jannik Hansen and center Mike Santorelli provided the goals for the Canucks (22-11-6).
The Flames (14-18-6), meanwhile, have now been shut out in back-to-back games.
The Canucks limited the Flames to just two shots in the opening period and finally opened the scoring with 40 seconds to go before the intermission, with captain Henrik Sedin sending Hansen off to the races with a terrific pass and the speedy right-winger tucking a wrist-shot inside the post.
That turned out to be the game-winner.
Santorelli added some insurance with 2:36 remaining, beating Flames netimder Reto Berra with a low shot. Berra finished with 28 saves of his own, including a sprawling stop on left-winger Daniel Sedin in the second period and a pad save on Santorelli earlier in the third to keep it close.
Lack's best work was a save on Flames right-winger Lee Stempniak in the final period, with the puck actually hitting his mask and he slammed the door. He now has a 7-2 record this season.
Flames right-winger Brian McGrattan was ejected just 2:43 into the first period after a high hit on Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts, who needed medical attention on the ice as McGrattan settled his differences with left-winger Tom Sestito. The Flames' enforcer received a major penalty for elbowing -- and another major for fighting -- and was ejected.
The Canucks had a week of rest before Sunday's date with the Flames, but then rushed home for Monday's meeting with the Philadelphia Flyers at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
The Flames will welcome the Flyers for a New Year's Eve clash at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
NOTES: Canucks C Henrik Sedin needed stitches to his ear after being struck by a puck in the pregame warm-up, but he was in Vancouver's lineup for a 669th consecutive game, the second-longest active ironman streak in the NHL ... The Flames recalled C Markus Granlund from the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat on Sunday morning, but the 20-year-old was a healthy scratch. To clear a spot for Granlund, D Kris Russell was placed on injured reserve. Russell is expected to miss three to five more weeks due to a sprained knee ligament ... With Canucks G Roberto Luongo nursing a groin injury, G Joacim Eriksson was summoned from the AHL's Utica Comets and served as Vancouver's backup in Calgary. The 23-year-old from Sweden has yet to make his NHL debut ... Flames D Dennis Wideman, who has missed 15 consecutive games due to a broken hand, has returned to practice with the team ... On Saturday, the Canucks signed C Dane Fox to a professional contract. The 20-year-old is in his final season of junior and sits seconds in the Ontario Hockey League scoring race with 41 goals and 26 assists in 37 appearances for the Erie Otters.

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