VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Joni Ortio made 36 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading the Calgary Flames past the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Saturday night.
Mikael Backlund scored in the first period for Calgary and Ortio made it stand in his first start of the season to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak.
The 23-year-old Finn was recalled from the AHL’s Adirondack Flames this week after Karri Ramo went down with an upper-body injury and came in having played just nine NHL games before Saturday.
The Flames came in having lost nine straight against Vancouver (0-6-3), and hadn’t beaten the Canucks since a 4-2 victory on March 3, 2013, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
Eddie Lack stopped 22 shots for Vancouver, which has dropped two straight after going 5-1-1 in its previous seven outings.
Lack, who came in with a 3-0-0 career record against Calgary, got the start ahead of No. 1 goalie Ryan Miller, who wasn’t feeling well but sat on Vancouver’s bench as the backup.
Still trailing 1-0 after giving up a goal early in the first and in possession of a 28-14 shot edge through two periods, the Canucks came out hard in the third, but Ortio was there when he had to be after Vancouver hit three posts in the game’s first 40 minutes.
Lack was forced into a couple stops to keep his team in it, including chances from Johnny Gaudreau and Matt Stajan.
Vancouver continued to press late, but Calgary hung on late despite playing its second game in as many nights.
Ortio improved to 5-4-0 in his brief NHL career — including a 2-1 loss in Vancouver during which he faced just 14 shots — but had the Canucks’ number in this one.
Daniel Sedin hit the Canucks’ second post of the night on a short-handed 2-on-1 rush 1:30 into the second period before Jannik Hansen rang another shot off the crossbar a few minutes later.
Lack then had to be sharp after a puck in front of the Vancouver goal pinballed to Calgary’s Brandon Bollig, who fired a quick shot on target.
The Canucks thought they had tied the game with under five minutes to go, but the goal was waved off when Henrik Sedin was judged to have batted the puck in with a high stick. After his brother Daniel was stopped by Ortio in close, the puck popped up in the air and the Vancouver captain tapped the puck in while it was still above the crossbar.
The goal was waved off on the ice and confirmed by replay.
The Flames didn’t have much of the puck in the first period, but grabbed a 1-0 lead at 5:38 on their first shot of the game when Backlund chipped a cross-crease feed from David Jones past Lack for his fourth of the season.
NOTES: Calgary’s last win at Rogers Arena before Saturday was on Dec. 23, 2011, when the Flames beat the Canucks 3-1. … The Canucks hit the road for the next five games, beginning Tuesday at Nashville. … The Flames played the first of a five-game road trip that continues Thursday when they visit Arizona. … Canucks D Frank Corrado made his season debut after being called up from the AHL’s Utica Comets. He took the spot of Yannick Weber. … Canucks F Radim Vrbata was named to the NHL All-Star game Saturday, while Flames D Mark Giordano will also play in the showcase event. Gaudreau will take part in the skills competition.
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