Vancouver 5 Calgary 1
CALGARY — Vancouver defenceman Alexander Edler scored and added two assists and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves as the Canucks routed the Calgary Flames 5-1 on Tuesday.
Chris Higgins, Alexandre Burrows, Daniel Sedin and Cody Hodgson also scored for Vancouver (6-5-1), which kicked off a six-game road trip.
Alex Tanguay scored the lone goal for Calgary (4-5-1) and ruined Luongo’s shutout bid with 32 seconds left in the game.
Luongo was coming off a miserable October in which he went 3-3-1 with a 3.54 goals-against average and a meagre .869 save percentage.
Edler’s assists came in the first period as the visitors silenced the Saddledome crowd by scoring a pair of power-play goals in the final seven minutes to open up a 3-0 lead.
Vancouver opened the scoring 7:57 into the first period when Higgins took a breakaway pass from Jannik Hansen and cleanly beat Miikka Kiprusoff with a backhand under the crossbar. It was Higgins’ team-leading sixth of the year.
The Canucks made it 2-0 at 13:42 on the power play when Burrows swiped the puck in while sitting near the crease. The goal came at the end of a power play after Calgary successfully killed off a 1:36 two-man advantage in which Burrows put a shot off the goal post.
Vancouver got another power play in the final minute of the period and needed just 14 seconds to convert, as Daniel Sedin scored at 19:41 after being set up by brother Henrik.
Despite getting outshot 12-4 in the second period, Vancouver scored the only two goals to blow open the game.
The Canucks made it 4-0 at 3:47 when Flames defenceman Mark Giordano left Hodgson uncovered for an easy goal into an empty net after a nice feed from Maxim Lapierre.
Edler scored Vancouver’s fifth goal at 11:27 with a slapshot from the blue-line with Hodgson screening Kiprusoff.
Edler has 12 points on the season, which ranks him third amongst NHL defencemen behind co-leaders Erik Karlsson from Ottawa and Tampa Bay’s Marc-Andre Bergeron.
Vancouver improves to 10-0-2 against the Flames since last losing in regulation to Calgary on Oct. 16, 2009. That includes five straight victories in Calgary by a combined score of 24-8.
Luongo improves his career mark against Calgary to 21-10-3.
At the start of the game, you could hear mocking chants of “Lou” from the Scotiabank Saddledome crowd. By game’s end, however, it was legitimate “Lou” calls from the many Canucks fans in the crowd.
Any jeering was reserved for Kiprusoff, who was pulled after two periods and replaced by Henrik Karlsson.
Kiprusoff had 13 saves on 18 shots while Karlsson finished with three saves.
Calgary was 0-for-5 on the power play to fall to 2-for-27 in its last seven games. The Canucks were 2-for-6.
It was the finale of a season-long six-game homestand for Calgary. The Flames finished 3-2-1 and now head out on a three-game road trip that begins Thursday night in Detroit.
Notes: It was Sedin’s 254th career goal, tying him with Pavel Bure for fourth on the Canucks all-time list… Calgary C Matt Stajan was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the previous two games…. Calgary LW Curtis Glencross played in career game No. 300… The Flames began a stretch of seven games in 12 nights…. The Flames have given Vancouver also has a six-game road trip Feb. 19-28… Flames D Scott Hannan was on the ice for the first four goals against.