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Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo reaches for the loose puck during first period of NHL play against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, British Columbia October 9, 2008. (REUTERS)
Start the parade! The Vancouver Canucks have a perfect record and lead the Western conference after beginning their 38th NHL season with a 6-0 home win over the Calgary Flames last night.
*LIFT THE CURTAIN
The Canucks iced seven new-comers and improved their all-time opening night and home opener records to 21-14-3. They debuted Oct. 9, 1970 with a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Roberto Luongo's first save as captain: 6:39 of the first period off Calgary Flames' captain Jarome Iginla.
*B-BOYS TAKE OVER
Steve Bernier was baptized as the newest triplet when Daniel and Henrik Sedin assisted his goal, 23 seconds into the second period. Alexandre Burrows scored in the second minute of the second and the third minute of the third. Mattias Ohlund and Rick Rypien added singles.
Ex-Canuck Todd Bertuzzi was booed with his first touch of the puck and jeered when penalized for interference in the second. It was his 188th career game since the 2004 criminal assault that ended rookie Steve Moore's career.
There was no moment of silence for Luc Bourdon, but there was a tearjerking video montage celebrating the life of the late Canuck blueliner who died in a May motorcycle crash. Tom Cochrane and fellow Red Rider Kenny Greer performed "Big League" acoustically, but omitted the "hit a truck doing 70 in the wrong lane to the Big League" line. The jersey Bourdon gave to a fan after his last game was presented to his family.