Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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The Flame game Hockey against Calgary isn’t pretty these days is it Vancouver Canucks fans? This game had all the hallmarks of a team desperate for the end of the season to finally come, playing out as an exercise of two teams on very opposite ends of the spectrum. Love ‘Em 1. Oh Lu Roberto Luongo was the surprise starter thanks to Cory Schneider‘s flu, and his first game in a long while was pretty damn good. Luongo was a save machine, denying the Flames time and time again like the rest of the league rebuking Mike Gillis’ trade offers. It probably won’t be Luongo’s last game as a Canuck, but it could have been the penultimate one. 2. Burrrrrows Put my vote down for the unsung hero of the award to Alex Burrows, who has been sailing smoothly through the year doing all the little things to make sure the Canucks win. Last night was no different as Burrows willed the puck through the force of his body and Dennis Wideman’s stick. He’s the hardest working Canuck most every night. Can he flip the switch by the end of the month? 3. Maxim Power It was a night for the franchophones, as Max Lapierre scored his first goal in quite a while by jamming home an Andrew Ebbett pass. It was the type of goal that for some reason reminded me of the big goals he scored during the 2011 cup run. It’s the type of goal the Canucks wouldn’t mind seeing come May.  Hate ‘Em 1. It just feels so hollow About a decade ago, Flames/Canucks was a rivalry that made for appointment viewing. There were divisional clashes, the opening round series that saw Matt Cooke tie Game 7 with seconds left only for Martin Gelinias to end overtime almost instantly. As the Flames declined the rivalry waned, and now that Jarome Iginla is off to Pittsburgh the games have officially lost all meaning. Bring on Edmonton as the Alberta enemy number one. 2. Poor Butler Despite the coaching staff attempting to get backup-for-a-day Dustin Butler in the game late with the score 4-1, no whistle meant no chance. Too bad for the kid. 3. Kassian’s ghost Zack’s drop-off has been amazing this year and unfortunately he’s showing no signs of turning it around heading into the playoffs. Can he flip the switch by the end of the month? Stars 1. R. Luongo 2. T. Brodie 3. A. Burrows CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE VANCOUVER CANUCKS CLUBHOUSE TODAY ON NWSB!
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