Mason Raymond scored the shootout winner Saturday night as the Vancouver Canucks won 2-1 over the Calgary Flames.
In a game in which goaltenders Miikka Kiprusoff and Roberto Luongo battled each other for 65 minutes, they carried it over to the shootout with Raymond being the only one of 10 shooters to score.
Cutting in on Kiprusoff from the left side, Raymond quickly stopped and, as Kiprusoff slid to the ice, cut back and jammed the puck into the open side.
Roberto Luongo clinched the victory thwarting Anton Stralman after earlier turning aside Nigel Dawes, Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen, and David Moss.
David Moss scored the lone goal for Calgary (3-2-2), which wraps up its pre-season schedule.
Mikael Samuelsson scored for Vancouver (7-0-1).
The Canucks, who wrap up their preseason Sunday in Edmonton, join the New Jersey Devils (3-0-1) as the only teams without a regulation loss in the pre-season.
With the exception of defenceman Cory Sarich, who received the night off, the line-up Calgary iced against Vancouver to conclude its pre-season schedule could be the exact same group that suits up against the Canucks when the two teams meet to open the regular season on Thursday night.
Vancouver, still carrying extra players in camp, chose to rest a number of regulars including the Sedin twins, Alex Burrows, Steve Bernier, Kyle Wellwood and defensive mainstays Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, and Willie Mitchell.
Despite the absence of most of their top players, the Canucks outshot the Flames 36-25.
The game between the Northwest Division rivals got off to a predictably rugged start with Darcy Hordichuk and Calgary's Brandon Prust dropping the gloves five seconds into the game.
There was another fight shortly after that before the two teams settled in. The rest of the night was mostly uneventful late in the third period when the more experienced Flames poured on the pressure in a quest for the go-ahead goal.
After a scoreless first period, Calgary opened the scoring at 7:31 of the second period when Moss crashed the net and whacked Craig Conroy's rebound past Roberto Luongo.
Vancouver tied it at 15:07 of the second when Samuelsson spun and fired a low shot from the top of the face-off circle that squeaked underneath Miikka Kiprusoff.
It was the lone flaw in a busy second for the Flames goaltender, who stopped 16 of 17 shots in the period. Prior to allowing his goal, Kiprusoff made a spectacular glove save off Samuelsson, who had strayed uncontested to within 10 feet of the net and targeted a shot for the top corner.
Kiprusoff had with 35 saves to finish with a 2-0-1 pre-season record.
Luongo, 4-0-0, also played the entire game turning aside 24 shots. The clutch save of the evening for Luongo came midway through the third when he smothered a shot from Jarome Iginla after the Flames captain had been sent in along on a pass from David Moss.
Picking up an assist was 23-year-old Russian rookie Sergei Shirakov. Battling for a spot on a Canucks roster that will be without Pavol Demitra (shoulder) until November, Shirakov has been impressive, picking up five points (two goals, three assists) in three pre-season appearances.
Saturday night, Shirakov skated on a line with Ryan Kesler and Samuelsson and led all Canucks forwards in ice time playing 20:31.
Shirakov led off the shootout but lost control of the puck as he made a deke to his forehand.
Notes: Of the three healthy Flames forwards that were scratched - Jamie Lundmark, Jason Jaffray, and Colin Stuart, Calgary is expected to open the season with one or two of them on the roster. ... Calgary is also expecting to cut one of the eight defencemen remaining, with Staffan Kronwall, also a scratch on Saturday, looking to be the odd man out... Off-season acquisition RW Brian McGrattan (shoulder) has yet to play a pre-season game for the Flames and could begin the year on the injured reserve list... Calgary's lines were Curtis Glencross-Craig Conroy-Fredrik Sjostrom, David Moss-Olli Jokinen-Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque-Daymond Langkow-Nigel Dawes, and Eric Nystrom-Dustin Boyd-Brandon Prust... Perhaps in a bit of gamesmanship in the shootout, Olli Jokinen hammered a slapshot into the chest of Luongo from 10 feet out. Alex Edler went next for Vancover and did the exact thing to Kiprusoff.Report Typo/Error
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