- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - John Tortorella and the Vancouver Canucks kept their cool this time around.

Yannick Weber scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, helping the Canucks snap a four-game skid with a 2-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

It was the first meeting between the teams since a fierce line brawl broke out 2 seconds into a game on Jan. 18 that saw 150 penalty minutes assessed. Tortorella went after Flames coach Bob Hartley by storming Calgary’s locker room during intermission of that game.

Tortorella, furious at Hartley for putting his fourth line on the ice to start the game, served a 15-day suspension and the Canucks have been struggling since.

“We didn’t even talk about it in our locker room,” Tortorella said of Hartley’s starting line. “We needed to play. We have to scratch, claw and grind and find points anyway possible.”

Despite Hartley starting tough guy Brian McGrattan again Saturday night, the teams clean until six minutes into the game when Bieksa got the better of Calgary’s Mark Giordano with a right hand after the two dropped gloves.

Giordano headed to the dressing room after, but returned later in the period.

“I could tell that Gio was good,” Hartley said. “It was just a gash that needed to be fixed.”

Darren Archibald also scored for the struggling Canucks, who entered the game having lost 11 of their last 12. Vancouver lost 6-1 to Dallas on Thursday night, a defeat that defenseman Kevin Bieksa called “rock bottom” for the team.

McGrattan had the only goal for Calgary, which had won its last two and three of its last five.

The Canucks had their chances early, including a 2-on-1 against Flames goalie Joni Ortio, but David Booth fired the puck wide to keep his goal drought intact. Booth hasn’t scored since Dec. 17.

The absence of Canucks stalwart goalie Roberto Luongo - traded on Tuesday to Florida - was felt at 2:13 of the second when a harmless looking slap shot by McGrattan near center ice eluded new No. 1 Eddie Lack. The crowd groaned and Tortorella shook his head in disbelief.

“I just wanted to throw one on net,” McGrattan said. “I was at the end of my shift and fortunately it went in. It was a muck and grind game. A lot of sloppy plays at both ends. The puck was bouncing everywhere.

“Those are good tests to see what you’re made of.”

The Canucks evened the score three minutes later with a goal almost as ugly. With three Canucks crowding Ortio in the crease, Archibald wacked in the puck for his first career NHL goal.

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