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NHL Game Summary - Ottawa at Calgary



(Saturday, December 27th)

Final Score: Calgary 6, Ottawa 3

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Rene Bourque registered his first career hat trick in Calgary's 6-3 win over the Senators, as Ottawa was dealt its 11th consecutive road loss.

Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and an assist for the Flames, who won for the fourth time in five contests. Andre Roy and Adrian Aucoin also lit the lamp, while Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 27 shots.

The Flames, who turned a 2-0 deficit into a lead by scoring three times in a 2:07 span of the second period, beat the Senators for a fourth straight time.

"It's a good feeling," said Bourque. "The puck was going in for me tonight. Once I got that first one we got a lot of turnovers, odd-man rushes and we got the ball rolling."

Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza and Alexandre Picard had the goals for Ottawa, which has dropped seven of nine overall. Alex Auld gave up five goals on 41 shots.

"Every time we seemed to make mistakes they seemed to be in the back of the net," said Spezza. "When you're losing games it's hard to get out of it. Obviously, we're not happy where we are right now, but we played pretty hard. We have to find a way to start getting some wins and get above .500 on this trip."

The Senators, who played the second of eight straight on the road, haven't won an away game since October 30 against the Florida Panthers. They won't return to Scotiabank Place until January 10 to play the New York Rangers.

Despite this being a nine-goal contest, neither team scored in the first period but Phillips and Spezza netted goals 7:20 apart in the second.

The game then changed in favor of the Flames thanks to Bourque, who had two goals in a span of 58 seconds. His first of the night came at 10:05 on a wraparound, and he scored again on a shot from above the left circle.

It became 3-2 Calgary when Adam Pardy directed a cross-ice pass to Roy, who was alone at the right side of the net for the tap-in.

Ottawa tied the game on Picard's power play tally 8:15 into the third when he lifted the puck from the high slot past a screened Kiprusoff, but the Flames responded 44 seconds later. Mike Cammalleri faked a shot from the right circle and passed to the lower left circle for a successful one-timer from Aucoin.

Bourque completed his hat trick with 5:35 remaining on a give-and-go with Daymond Langkow. Bourque had the disc along the left boards and passed to Langkow behind the net, and Bourque then scored from in front for his 14th marker of the season.

Bertuzzi scored into an empty net with 1:16 left.

Game Notes

Ottawa was 1-for-4 on the power play, while Calgary was 0-for-4...The Senators continue their swing at Vancouver Sunday...The Flames host Minnesota Monday...Flames general manager Darryl Sutter announced that the organization has suspended forward Dan Ryder for violation of team rules and conduct detrimental to the best interests of the team. The suspension was made effective December 22nd.

12/28 02:49:08 ET

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