Vancouver Canucks Even Up Series 1-1 Before Heading To Calgary

The Flames stole game one in Vancouver, and wanted to take a two game advantage home for the possibility of a sweep on home ice, however Vancouver would not send their fans home disappointed two games in a row.

The Sedin twins teamed up for the first goal of the game, with Daniel getting the goal and Henrik the assist to give Vancouver the edge 1-0 in the first, Chris Higgins also scored in the first, and both goals were assisted by Alex Burrows as well who had a big game for Vancouver tonight. The end of the first was a classic playoff game, very exciting indeed, with some key saves from goaltenders Eddie Lack and Jonas Hiller and the occasional big shot that you see often in the Western Conference.

The second period was quite intense, as the Flames were down two goals going in and wanted to reduce the deficit. Eddie Lack had a great game for the Canucks stopping all but one of Calgary's shots, and not allowing any Calgary goals at all through the first two periods. 

Quickly in the third, the Canucks added another goal, eliminating the Flames hopes of a comeback when relative unknown Ronalds Kenins tallied one for Vancouver, putting them up 3-0 early in the third. Calgary would finally get on the board later that period with their only goal of the night, a power play goal from Kris Russell to make it 3-1, which is how it would stay until a Radim Vrbata empty net goal put the Canucks ahead 4-1 and officially seal the deal.

But then there was the fight. With 1:17 remaining in the third period, gloves were thrown down and fists were flying. Defenseman Deryk Engelland of the Flames was the instigator and would ratchet up quite a few penalty minutes for this one, as the total tally for all players involved came up to 132 penalty minutes, and Engelland accounted for 42 of them on his own.

This has made for quite a fun series, and while not quite as controversial as the Montreal Canadiens - Ottawa Senators series has been, this series has been two good rivalry games in Canada so far. It should be a fantastic two more games in Calgary starting Sunday night, and fans across Canada as well as the United States and other parts of the world will continue to enjoy watching these two teams battle it out in the best of seven series.