Final OT

Series (Game 6 of 6)

Vancouver leads 5-1

Game 1: Wednesday, December 1st
Game 2: Wednesday, January 5th
Game 3: Saturday, January 22nd
Game 4: Saturday, February 12th
Game 5: Saturday, March 12th
Game 6: Saturday, April 9th

Canucks 3

(54-19-9, 117 pts)

Flames 2

(41-29-12, 94 pts)

Coverage: CBC

10:00 PM ET, April 9, 2011

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 OT T
VAN 0 0 2 13
CGY 0 2 0 02

M. Giordano (Flames - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

R. Kesler (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Backlund (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Canucks-Flames Preview


The Vancouver Canucks know where they're heading after this weekend. The Calgary Flames are also aware of their fate.

The Canucks close out a record-breaking regular season Saturday night with a road matchup against the Flames, who will miss the playoffs for the second straight time.

Vancouver (53-19-9) has set franchise marks for wins and points while capturing its first Presidents' Trophy. The Canucks were presented that award before Thursday's game against Minnesota and won 5-0, bouncing back from two straight defeats to last-place Edmonton.

Ryan Kesler recorded his third career hat trick after scoring once in his previous nine games. Kesler joined teammate Daniel Sedin as a 40-goal scorer, giving Vancouver its first such duo since Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi in 2002-03.

"We were a little disappointed with the last couple and wanted to make sure we treated these last two games seriously," said Roberto Luongo, who registered his fourth shutout of the season. "Play the game we want to play to head into the playoffs on a good note and feeling good about ourselves."

The Canucks had defenseman Alex Edler on the ice for the first time in 2 1/2 months following back surgery. Defenseman Dan Hamhuis, out since March 27 with a concussion, could return Saturday.

Vancouver, though, won't have forward Raffi Torres for the season finale and the first two playoff games. Torres was suspended by the NHL for his hit on Oilers forward Jordan Eberle on Tuesday.

"I strongly disagree with it, but we're going to move on and get ready for the playoffs," general manager Mike Gillis said.

The Flames won't be doing that despite earning at least a point in 35 of the past 46 games. Calgary (41-29-11) won its third straight Wednesday, 6-1 over Edmonton, but was eliminated when Chicago and Anaheim won.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla recorded a hat trick to top 40 goals for the fourth time in his career.

"It's tough. I really thought we were going to find a way to sneak in," Iginla said. "I know it's hard for our fans and it's hard for us as players, especially when the playoffs start on Wednesday and we're out. That's definitely the hardest time."

Calgary will miss consecutive postseasons for the first time since a team-worst seven-year drought from 1997-2003. Even ending the season on a positive note might prove difficult.

The Flames have one win in seven meetings with the Canucks, 4-3 in a shootout Jan. 22, and has dropped three straight home matchups.

Luongo has posted a 2.17 goals-against average in this season's five matchups, but he will likely sit in favor of Cory Schneider on Saturday. Schneider lost 3-1 in his only matchup with the Flames on Nov. 29, 2008.

Whoever starts in goal will have to be wary of Tim Jackman, who has four goals and an assist in his last five games against Vancouver.

Daniel Sedin has nine goals and nine assists during a 12-game point streak versus Calgary, while Alexandre Burrows has four goals and eight assists during a nine-game run against the Flames.