NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary|
(Tuesday, March 25th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Vancouver 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Dion Phaneuf's third-period goal proved to be
the game-winner, as the Calgary Flames rallied to down the Vancouver Canucks,
3-2, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow each registered a goal and an assist for the
Flames, who leapt over idle Minnesota for first place in the Northwest
Division. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 32-of-34 shots to pick up the win.
"We have to make sure we're on our game," Calgary's Alex Tanguay said
referring to the tight race in the division.
Markus Naslund and Daniel Sedin tallied for the Canucks, who remained tied
with idle Colorado for seventh place in the Western Conference. Roberto Luongo
surrendered three goals on 40 shots in defeat.
"To win in this league, you have to play 60 minutes," Vancouver coach Alain
Vigneault said. "We played 20 (tonight)."
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Flames were awarded a 5-on-3 power play
for 1:11 after Alex Burrows joined Taylor Pyatt in the penalty box at the
Calgary knotted the score at two when Langkow stationed himself in the low
slot, angled his stick perfectly and redirected Tanguay's pass in
behind Luongo with 9:14 remaining.
Phaneuf lit the lamp 41 seconds later to give the Flames a 3-2 lead. As
Burrows continued to stew in the box, the Flames caught the Canucks in a
bad line change as Adrian Aucoin sent a long, lead pass to Phaneuf at the
offensive blue line. The rugged defenseman then took a few strides before
unleashing a hard slap shot from the top of the left circle that beat Luongo
high on the short side.
Owen Nolan was called for hooking with 2:02 left in regulation and Vancouver
pulled Luongo to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but wasn't able to net the
Vancouver thoroughly dominated the opening frame, outshooting Calgary 21-7.
Naslund made it 1-0 on the power play. Brendan Morrison kept in Cory Sarich's
clearing attempt at the blue line and quickly dished to Alexander Edler, whose
one-timer from the point was stopped by the left pad of Kiprusoff. The
Vancouver captain then collected the rebound and buried it in the back of the
net at the 9:29 mark of the first period.
Sedin found the twine behind Kiprusoff 12 seconds later to give the Canucks a
The Flames took control in the second period, firing 18 shots on goal while
limiting the opposition to three. Iginla put Calgary on the board when he
stormed the net and jammed home a loose puck at 2:11.
Burrows played in the 200th game of his NHL career...Aucoin reached the 300-
point plateau with his assist on the game-deciding goal...Vancouver lost a
game in regulation for the first time when leading after two periods
(26-1-1)...Calgary has won four straight and seven of its last nine at
home...Vancouver visits Colorado on Wednesday...Calgary hosts Edmonton on
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