The Vancouver Canucks carried an early lead straight to victory over the Calgary Flames. In what was arguably the most important game of the season for the team fighting for the top spot in the North West Division.
In one of the most anticipated games between the Northwest Devision contenders , the Canucks take home an important and hard-earned victory. Both teams have been competing for the top spot in their division, and a victory for Calgary would have sealed the Canucks' fate.
The game saw an early and aggressive lead for the Calgary Flames, crushing the Canucks in shots 17 - 3 before Rick Rypien drew first blood with just 2:36 to go in the first period.
The lead lasted until the final moments of the second when Jerome Iginla finally broke past Luongo to tie the game. Answering the goal only 22 seconds later, Mattius Ohlund made an incredible shot just past the blue line to carry Vancouver into a 2 - 1 lead into the third.
The third period carried with it a series of penalties for Calgary, which lead to two 5 on 3 opportunities. Finally, Mattius Ohlund scored his second point of the game, pushing the Canucks into a 3 - 1 lead. With only 2:32 left in the third, Henrik Sedin sealed the victory with the forth goal of the game.
The win put the Canucks in fifth place in the Western Standings, and tied the Flames for points. Above all, it will allow for the final games in the season to be very crucial for both teams.