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Flames blow by Canucks in split-squad game

Alex Tanguay and Tom Kostopoulos each had a goal and an assist Tuesday as the Calgary Flames cruised to a 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in split-squad pre-season play.

Greg Nemisz, Rene Bourque and Lee Stempniak also scored for Calgary, which boasted a much more veteran-laden lineup than Vancouver. Defenceman Brendan Mikkelson chipped in with a pair of assists.

Mark Mancari scored the lone goal for the Canucks, whose lineup was comprised mainly of rookies and other training camp hopefuls.

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Miikka Kiprusoff made nine saves to record the win and even picked up on assist on Bourque's goal. Henrik Karlsson stopped all 14 shots he faced after replacing Kiprusoff at the 10:51 mark of the second period.

Manny Legace got the start for Vancouver, allowing three goals on 22 shots. Matt Climie made eight saves in a relief appearance.

The Flames jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 47 seconds into the first period when Nemisz one-timed a pass from Kostopoulos past Legace.

With Vancouver enjoying a man advantage, Kiprusoff vacated his net to flip a long pass up to a Tanguay, who gained the zone and slid a cross-ice pass to Bourque for an easy tap-in goal at 8:50.

Tanguay then wired a shot from the slot past Legace at 17:53 to put the Flames up 3-0 after one period.

The Canucks got on the board just 21 seconds into the second when Mancari took a pass from Todd Fedoruk before charging to the net and flipping the puck over Kiprusoff's pad while falling to the ice.

The Canucks took 10 straight minor penalties from the second period on and the Flames made them pay with goals by Kostopoulos and Stempniak in the final frame.

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Notes: Legace played last season in the German Ice Hockey League for the Iserlohn Roosters. He went 17-22-0 with a 2.51 goals against average. ... The Canucks and Flames meet for the first time in regular season Nov. 1 in Calgary. ... The Flames finished the 2010-11 season with a perfect 7-0 record.

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