CALGARY, Alberta -- Maxim Lapierre broke a tie with just over seven minutes remaining and a pair of late goals gave the Vancouver Canucks a 4-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night at ScotiaBank Saddledome.
It's the second time in less than a week the Flames could have deserved a better fate against their Northwest Division rivals, outshooting the Canucks and holding the edge in play for much of the game.
Then again, with the way the Flames are in the hunt for last spot in the NHL standings and the Canucks have their eye on a division title, it's likely the best result for all.
With the score tied 1-1, Lapierre was on the spot to jam a loose puck home for the game winner at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Soon after, Mason Raymond batted a rebound attempt out of the air for an insurance goal and then Daniel Sedin iced it with a power-play score.
The final score, however, didn't show the whole story, with the Flames deservedly holding a 41-29 edge in shots.
The Flames, on the verge of being officially eliminated from playoff contention and having now lost seven of their last nine games, opened the scoring when Curtis Glencross notched his team-leading 15th goal of the season.
Glencross corralled a loose puck in the slot, wheeled and fired a shot past Roberto Luongo late in the first period.
However, Alexandre Burrows evened the score late in the middle frame during a wild scramble.
After Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff made the stop, the puck went off Burrows while he was in the crease, and then was shoved into the cage seemingly by Dennis Wideman while the Vancouver forward was doing his best not to cover the puck.
That set the stage for the Canucks to pull away.
NOTES: The Canucks planned to start Cory Schneider in goal, but he came down with an illness and the team had to sign University of Calgary goaltender Dustin Butler on emergency basis to serve as backup to Roberto Luongo. ... The Canucks were also forced to go without left wing Chris Higgins, who suffered an undisclosed injury during Monday's clash with the Phoenix Coyotes. ... The Flames are also on a run of losing a player every game. Center Matt Stajan (upper body) was injured in Monday's clash with the Colorado Avalanche. To replace Stajan, center Blair Jones was called up from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. Jones started the season in Calgary, but was sent to the minors after 11 games. The Flames are also without forwards Brian McGrattan (shoulder) and left wing Jiri Hudler (upper-body), along with D Derek Smith. ... During this wave of injuries, the Flames have summoned forwards Roman Horak, Max Reinhart and Sven Baertschi from the minors. Reinhart, a third-round pick of the 2010 draft, collected his first NHL point by assisting the goal Curtis Glencross netted to open the scoring. ... The Flames lost forward Steve Begin early in the game after he was hit on the ear by a puck on his first shift.