The Flames scored two power play goals before game four was ten minutes old, as Calgary dumped the Canucks 3-1 in southern Alberta. The Flames also lead the series 3-1.
The home team scored three and a half minutes into the game, as Johnny Gaudreau was set up by Dennis Wideman and Jiri Hudler as the Flames moved the puck quickly on the power play. It was the first NHL playoff goal for Johnny Hockey.
Five minutes later on the man advantage, the Canucks tied the game as Henrik Sedin notched his first of the playoffs as his pass went off of Calgary defenceman Kris Russell and past Jonas Hiller.
Less than a minute later, also on the power play, Hudler tipped a Wideman shot past Eddie Lack. The Flames had two goals on three shots to start the game.
Sam Bennett deflected a T.J. Brodie shot with 42 seconds left in the first period to give Calgary a 3-1 advantage. Lack allowed three goals on seven shots.
Ryan Miller replaced Lack in goal to start the second period. It was the American’s first appearance in the post-season in Canucks colours. He stopped six shots in the frame. The team in front of him managed just three shots in the middle period, despite trailing by two goals.
Vancouver had a much better push in the third period, but could not get a puck by Hiller. The Flames goaler made 28 saves on the evening, while Miller stopped all 15 shots he faced.
Hudler finished with a goal and an assist, while Wideman had two assists.
Canucks winger Alex Burrows did not play in the game after being taken to hospital earlier in the day. A report from Quebec said he broke a rib. Burrows was released from hospital but spent the night in Calgary. Brad Richardson also sat out the contest.
Linden Vey played his first ever NHL playoff game. Brandon McMillan also was inserted into the line-up by Willie Desjardins. It was his first NHL playoff game in four years and was just his ninth game in Canucks colours.
Daniel Sedin led Vancouver with 20:54 of ice time. Brother Henrik was second at 20:03.
Vancouver has managed two wins in its last 15 playoff games.
Game five goes Thursday night just after 7PM in Vancouver.