The Calgary Flames haven’t had much luck against the Vancouver Canucks this season, but that changed tonight. After a tight battle through 60 minutes, the game went to overtime where both teams failed to capitalize on powerplay attempts. A shootout was needed and Alex Tanguay ended up scoring the winner on a controversial goal that needed a lengthy review.
Tanguay out-waited Roberto Luongo on the final shot of the shootout and lifted the puck into Luongo’s pads as he was sliding backwards into the net. The puck ended up on the side of Luongo’s left pad, which crossed the goal line fully as he slid back. The puck wasn’t easily visible, but it was pretty obvious that it would be impossible for it not to be in the net, and that was enough for the “war room” in Toronto to rule it a goal.
The win was a big one for the Flames who had yet to beat the Canucks yet this season. Miikka Kiprusoff showed resilience as he bounced back in a major way after a string of weak performances. Kipper stopped 41 shots in the win and showed no signs of the weakness that has plagued his game recently. The Flames defense was also in fine form, limiting the Sedins to one assist apiece and not giving up any easy chances to the Canucks forwards.
Overall, it was a solid effort from the Flames. They put in a full 65 minutes and didn’t break down like they have so many times in the past. The Flames managed to walk out of Vancouver with 2 points with an emphatic win over their Northwest Division rivals. This win was definitely more important for the Flames than the loss was for the Canucks, and hopefully it will turn into a long winning streak that will really truly put the playoffs in reach.
Since this game had a controversial end, I feel that some video is necessary. Here are the highlights…