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(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks were one of the NHL's hottest teams heading into the recent All-Star break, having recorded victories in 10 of 11 games before falling to Eastern Conference frontrunner Buffalo in their final contest prior to the hiatus. The club has failed to match those high standards since, as Vancouver has lost four of six beginning with that setback to the Sabres.

Despite the slight drop off, the Canucks were tied with Calgary atop the competitive Northwest Division when the two rivals faced off in Alberta on Saturday. Vancouver sped out to a 2-0 lead after one period, but was outplayed and outhustled by the Flames the rest of the way in a discouraging 4-3 defeat.

Losing in the Saddledome, where Calgary is a league-best 22-5-0 on the season, isn't something to hang your head over. However, the way the Canucks were beaten was a cause for concern for head coach Alain Vigneault.

The Flames outshot the Canucks by a 42-28 margin for the night and were awarded eight power-play opportunities, most of which were the result of careless penalties by Vancouver.

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