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Joni Ortio records first NHL shutout as Flames down Canucks 1-0

  • Calgary Flames defenseman Raphael Diaz (33) tries to clear Vancouver Canucks right wing Zack Kassian (9) from in front of Flames goalie Joni Ortio (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    Calgary Flames defenseman Raphael Diaz (33) tries to clear Vancouver Canucks right wing Zack Kassian (9) from in front of Flames goalie Joni Ortio (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)  (The Associated Press)

  • Linesmen Don Henderson and Lonnie Cameron try to stop Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) and Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) from fighting during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    Linesmen Don Henderson and Lonnie Cameron try to stop Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) and Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows (14) from fighting during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)  (The Associated Press)

  • Calgary Flames center Markus Granlund (60) and teammate Kris Russell (4) try to clear Vancouver Canucks right wing Derek Dorsett (51) and center Bo Horvat (53) from in front of Flames goalie Joni Ortio (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

    Calgary Flames center Markus Granlund (60) and teammate Kris Russell (4) try to clear Vancouver Canucks right wing Derek Dorsett (51) and center Bo Horvat (53) from in front of Flames goalie Joni Ortio (37) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)  (The Associated Press)

Joni Ortio made 36 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading the Calgary Flames past the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Saturday night.

Mikael Backlund scored in the first period for Calgary and Ortio made it stand in his first start of the season to help the Flames snap a three-game losing streak.

The 23-year-old Finn was recalled from the AHL's Adirondack Flames this week after Karri Ramo went down with an upper-body injury and came in having played just nine NHL games before Saturday.

The Flames came in having lost nine straight against Vancouver (0-6-3), and hadn't beaten the Canucks since a 4-2 victory on March 3, 2013, at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Eddie Lack stopped 22 shots for Vancouver, which has dropped two straight after going 5-1-1 in its previous seven outings.