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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary



(Saturday, December 9th)

Final Score: Calgary 5, Vancouver 3

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla and Kristian Huselius each had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames downed the Vancouver Canucks, 5-3, at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Matthew Lombardi scored the eventual game-winning goal and Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26 shots for the Flames, who have won four of their last five games.

"I think it's definitely a positive when you face adversity and you can come out with the two points," said Flames center Byron Ritchie. "Still, we knew they were going to come hard in the third and they did that. They got a couple of goals and we stuck with it, kept plugging away and got the win."

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have dropped two of their last three. Roberto Luongo started in net, but was pulled after he let in four goals on 20 shots. Dany Sabourin finished in net and stopped all 13 shots he faced.

"We did a pretty good job of killing the penalties off," said Vancouver forward Brendan Morrison. "We slipped a bit in the second but we came back in the third. It's just frustrating that we could come back and play a third like we did and still lose."

The Flames grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Huselius grabbed a loose puck in the slot and snapped a backhander by the glove of Luongo for a power-play goal just 4:59 in.

Vancouver, though, tied the game with a power-play goal of its own. Henrik Sedin fired a pass from the outside of the right circle to the low left side where Kevin Bieksa one-timed it on net. Kiprusoff made the save, but the rebound went to the right side and Daniel Sedin banged it into the open net with five minutes left in the first.

Calgary, though, took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission when a shot from the top of the left circle by Roman Hamrlik tipped off of Dion Phaneuf and into the right corner of the net for a power-play tally with 1:57 left.

The Flames increased their lead in the second period when they lit the lamp twice.

Iginla made it a 3-1 game when he brought the puck from the low left boards out front and stuffed the puck past Luongo at the 6:06 mark.

A backhand pass by Ritchie to the low slot found Lombardi, who tapped it between the pads of Luongo halfway through the frame to make it 4-1.

Luongo was relived of netminding duties after the goal and Sabourin took over.

Kiprusoff stopped 11 shots in the second period.

Vancouver found some life in the third period and made the game interesting.

Less than six minutes in, Henrik Sedin sent a backhand pass from behind the net to Jan Bulis, whose one-timer from the low slot found the back of the net.

Kevin Bieksa's slap shot from the right point beat Kiprusoff for a power-play score to make it 4-3 with 9:19 to play.

The Canucks pulled their goaltender to try and net the equalizer, but Alex Tanguay iced the game with an empty-net goal.

Game Notes

The Canucks host Phoenix on Tuesday...Calgary hosts Minnesota on Tuesday...Henrik Sedin finished with two assists...Each time scored twice on the power play, with Vancouver having five opportunities and Calgary seven.

12/10 01:33:47 ET


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