Tonight's match-up had all the ingredients for a mid-season affair between the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames. Take out the fact that Jarome Iginla was in the Flames line-up and several Canuck veterans were enjoying the game from above, tonights game had the typical Vancouver-Calgary atomosphere.
Eric Godard layed out Matt Cooke as the first period buzzer sounded which reall seemed to get the blood boiling. There were several meeting of the minds in front of the goalmouths, a few scraps and the Canucks had 29 penalty minutes while the Flames followed with 41 of their own.
The Canucks took a 1 - 0 lead late in second period as Alexander Edler blasted a point shot past goaltender Mikka Kipprusoff. After the second period, Curtis McElhinney substituted for the Kipper and the Canucks took advantage of the opportunity netting three more goals in the third period.
The Canuck tallies in the final frame came off the sticks of Jason Jaffray, Michael Grabner, and Ryan Shannon.
Roberto Luongo looked solid making 14 saves in just over 34 mins of action before giving way to Cory Schnieder. Cory Schnieder saw his first action as a Canuck and despite only facing seven shots, all reports seem to indicate an impressive debut.
It was not the exact replica of a playoff (or regular season) tilt but for a pre-season game it appeared to come pretty close. The Canucks improved their pre-season record to 1 - 1 as the Flames dropped to 0 - 3.