Vancouver Canucks extend Northwest Division lead | NHL
The Canucks' top line combined for eight points, and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as Vancouver beat the reeling Calgary Flames 5-2.
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Canucks' top line combined for eight points, and Cory Schneider made 36 saves as Vancouver beat the reeling Calgary Flames 5-2 Saturday night.
Henrik Sedin scored an empty-net goal and earned career NHL assists No. 600 and 601, Daniel Sedin added three assists and Alex Burrows scored and had an assist to pace Vancouver (21-11-6), which has won eight of 10 and leads the Northwest Division by four points over Minnesota.
Dan Hamhuis, Dale Weise and Alex Edler also had goals for the Canucks.
Dennis Wideman and Alex Tanguay scored for Calgary (13-20-4), which has lost five straight overall and 13 consecutive on the road (0-12-1). The Flames are 14th in the 15-team Western Conference.
The Canucks jumped to an early 2-0 lead, relied on Schneider when the Flames pushed back and added a couple of insurance goals to earn the victory.
Hamhuis got Vancouver on the board 34 seconds in, converting a pretty feed from Burrows on a two-on-one after Flames defenseman Mark Giordano got caught up ice.
Weise made it 2-0 a little more than six minutes later, parking himself in front of goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and deflecting in Jason Garrison's point shot for his third goal of the season.
It was Weise's first game after he missed six because of a shoulder injury.
The goal was the Canucks' second on their first five shots, drawing jeers of "Kipper, Kipper" from fans.