Playing their second game in two nights after the longest road trip in NHL may have taken its toll on the Canucks in the third period, but certainly not at the outset.
Despite not recording a shot in the third period of tonight's game against the Flames, the Canucks outshot the Flames 18-4 in the first period, and out-scored them 3-0 to take a commanding lead that they would sit on and ride home for the victory.
Daniel Sedin, Ryan Kesler, and Henrik Sedin all scored in the first period, and they could have had many more were it not for the short-lived heroics of Miika Kiprusoff.
Calgary's Robyn Regehr got the Flames within two as the third period wore on, but the Flames never seemed to challenge the Canucks, who definitely could have been accused of sitting back for the last 20 or 30 minutes.
Nevertheless, the Canucks improve to 6-1-1 in their past 8, and now sit at 89 points, only 5 behind the struggling Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the Western Conference.