NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver
(Tuesday, April 7th)
Final Score: Vancouver 4, Calgary 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Mattias Ohlund scored twice and Roberto Luongo was dazzling with 46 saves, as the Vancouver Canucks defeated Calgary, 4-1, to pull into a tie with the Flames for first place in the Northwest Division.
Rick Rypien and Henrik Sedin also found the net for the Canucks, who snapped a three-game losing streak and denied Calgary an opportunity to secure its first division crown in three years.
Both clubs have 96 points and two games remaining. However, the Flames currently own the tie-breaker because they have two more wins.
Jarome Iginla lit the lamp for Calgary, which has dropped three of five. Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 stops in the loss.
Even though they were outshot 21-9 in the opening 20 minutes, the Canucks had a 1-0 lead. Rypien took a drop pass from Ryan Johnson, drifted into the right circle and fired a shot earmarked for the top shelf with 2:39 remaining.
Calgary pulled even in the second period. Luongo pushed away a shot to the left corner, where Mike Cammalleri threw the puck to the slot. Olli Jokinen couldn't put it home, but Iginla was on the doorstep and tucked the puck between the post and right skate of the Vancouver netminder with 5:16 left.
Ohlund restored the lead just 22 seconds later when he unleashed a slap shot from the left point that went through a maze of bodies and beat Kiprusoff along the ice.
The Swedish defenseman struck again on the power play, letting fly anther rocket from the point with 5:09 remaining in the third period.
Sedin sealed Calgary's fate with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the contest.
Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler recorded two assists...Vancouver won four of six meetings with the Flames this season...Calgary was 0-for-6 on the power play.
04/08 02:29:16 ET