Flames 3 Canucks 1
VANCOUVER — Rene Borque and Staffan Kronwall scored on the first two shots of the third period Tuesday as the Calgary Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 in a split-squad pre-season game.
They were also the first two shots on goaltender David Shantz who played 30 games last season for the Abbotsford Heat, Calgary’s AHL farm club.
Borque greeted Shantz, who relieved Cory Schneider to start the third period, with a wrist shot off the right wing that went by the netminder’s glove 28 seconds into the frame.
Kronwall who played 11 games on the Flames blue-line last season, banged a power-play chance through Shantz’s legs one minute and four seconds later.
Niklas Hagman also scored for the Flames, who finished 10th in the Western Conference last season and missed the playoffs.
Raffi Torres counted for the Canucks on a third-period power play by tapping in a loose puck after goalie Matt Keetley made the initial save on a Sergei Shirokov shot.
Henrik Karlsson, who played for Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League last season and is expected to back up Miikka Kiprusoff this campaign, made 12 saves to blank the Canucks for 40 minutes.
Hagman, one of three players acquired by the Flames in the deal that sent defenceman Dion Phaneuf to Toronto, opened the scoring late in the second period.
The goal came off a face-off win in the Vancouver zone by Mitch Wahl. Hagman stickhandled through traffic to flip the puck past Schneider as he went down.
Schneider, slated to back up Roberto Luongo in goal, made 17 saves in his 40 minutes of work.
There were few quality chances as both teams iced diluted lineups because of the split-squad format. The other half of both teams were in Calgary, where the Flames beat the Canucks 3-2.
Defencemen Kevin Bieksa and Aaron Rome and fourth-liner Rick Rypien were the only Canucks in the lineup who saw significant action with the club last season.
NOTES: Former Canucks Brendan Morrison and Peter Schaefer were back in Vancouver uniforms after being invited to training camp on professional tryouts. … The Canucks open regular-season play here against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 9. … Vancouver closed out the 2009-10 regular season with a 7-3 win over the Flames.