The great Byron Bitz story wasn't so great on Saturday.
The goaltending, however, was.
In a showcase of flashing leather, and massive saves, Roberto Luongo and Miikka Kiprusoff dueled. They traded sensational stop after sensational stop.
Kiprusoff made what appeared to be the save of the game, gloving a Henrik Sedin shot with a breathtaking third period save off the rush. But Luongo matched him, snagging a Jarome Iginla would-be game winner out of the air, off a breakway
It ended in yet Vancouver overtime game, the Canucks ninth in 12 games. And it was Luongo who blinked first, as Calgary held on for a 3-2 shootout win.
Vancouver was facing an injury-riddled Calgary Flames team, whose fans had been lamenting the loss of Blair Jones and his three goals to a broken ankle. But it was the Canucks who looked confused and lacked cohesion early.
The beaker head coach Alain Vigneault was using to mix his lines, finally started blowing up his face. The Canucks worked hard. They were physical but they had all the chemistry of a pair of dead batteries.
Consider that before Alex Tanguay hit Aaron Rome from behind, earning a boarding penalty at the game's midway point, Mike Duco was leading the Canucks in scoring chances with two.
Luongo blinks first, Flames topple Canucks
Vancouver Province | Feb 12