The Flames received their game winning goal from Jarome Iginla just moments after Canucks' head coach Alain Vigneault was given a two minute bench penalty for his abuse toward the officials. Vigneault did not like the fact that Matt Stajan was not called for an elbow penalty.
The ability for the Flames to respond after Vigneault's tirade and not take a penalty themselves in the third period showed great deal of maturity.
It was also a significant night for two new Flames. Enforcer Brian McGrattan, who returned to the Flames this week after being acquired by the Nashville Predators, had 15 penalty minutes after fighting Tom Sestito and then got a ten minute misconduct for saluting the fans. McGrattan also delivered a couple of really hard bodychecks. Meanwhile, rookie goalie Danny Taylor recorded his first NHL win after making 29 saves.
Michael Cammalleri led the Flames with two goals. Lee Stempniak had a goal and an assist and Jiri Hudler had two assists.
The game was almost not played because the Canucks had a tough time arriving in Calgary due to the winter storm. Calgary next plays San Jose on Wednesday. Calgary is four points back of Dallas for the final playoff spot in the West.