Canucks 3, Flames 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ The Vancouver Canucks stuck to the defensive style stressed by new coach Tom Renny and beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 Saturday night in the NHL opener for both clubs.
While the Flames did manage to hit the goalpost twice, the Canucks worked hard in front of netminder Kirk McLean for most of the night and killed off three minor penalties in the third period to preserve the two-goal margin.
Alexander Mogilny sparked Vancouver by beating Flames goalie Trevor Kidd with a high flip shot to open the scoring 13 minutes into the first period.
The goal came on the last of Mogilny’s three first-period breakaways as the fleet Russian continually slipped behind the Flames’ defense.
The Canucks led 2-1 after the first period and went up 3-1 when Markus Naslund shovelled in a rebound of a Pavel Bure shot three minutes into the third.
Kidd was lifted for a sixth attacker with 1:25 remaining but the Flames could not muster a good scoring chance.
Flames rookie Jarome Iginla tied the game 1-1 when he converted a 2-on-1 pass from Corey Millen. The Canucks went ahead 2-1 with 33 seconds left in the period when Esa Tikkanen redirected a Russ Courtnall pass.