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NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary



(Friday, October 16th)

Final Score: Calgary 5, Vancouver 3

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Brian McGrattan and Dustin Boyd each had a goal and an assist, as the Calgary Flames hung on to beat the Vancouver Canucks, 5-3, in a battle between these two Northwest Division foes at the Saddledome.

Dion Phaneuf, Nigel Dawes, and Curtis Glencross each had a goal for the Flames, who snapped a three-game skid. Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 26-of-29 shots for the victors.

"I thought we played a pretty good game here tonight," Calgary head coach Brent Sutter said. "The emotion level was there, the intensity level was there."

Christian Ehrhoff, Mikael Samuelsson, and Rick Rypien each scored a goal for the Canucks, who won their third consecutive game. Roberto Luongo turned aside 14-of-19 shots in defeat.

"They had one of the strongest starts I've seen this year," Vancouver head coach Alain Vigneault said.

Down 5-0, the Canucks finally got on the board at the 6:55 mark of the third. Rypien collected the puck behind the Calgary goal before firing an weird- angled shot that went over Kiprusoff's right shoulder and into the upper right-hand corner of the net.

Samuelsson's power-play goal with 2:58 left cut the deficit to 5-2. Steve Bernier hit Samuelsson with a pass in front of the net, and Samuelsson fired a shot into a half-empty net.

Just 41 seconds later, Ehrhoff lit the lamp on the power play to make it a two-goal game. Ryan Kesler dropped a pass off to Ehrhoff, whose wrister from the left circle beat Kiprusoff.

Despite the late scare, Calgary was able to hold on for the win.

The Flames used a short-handed goal from Glencross at the 7:18 mark of the first period to ignite the offense. Jay Bouwmeester's pass to Glencross set up a breakaway, and Glencross took full advantage by firing a wrister past Luongo.

Calgary used a power-play goal from Dawes at the 10:50 mark of the first to take a 2-0 lead. Mark Giordano's shot from the left point deflected off Dawes' stick and past Luongo.

The Flames built a comfortable 3-0 margin when Phaneuf's one-timer from the right point found the back of the net at the 6:38 mark of the second.

A Boyd score at the 9:16 mark and a McGrattan goal with 8:27 left made it a 5-0 game heading into the final stanza.

Game Notes

The Flames beat Vancouver, 5-3, on October 1 this season at the Saddledome ...Michael Grabner, the 14th overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, had an assist in his NHL debut for Vancouver...The Canucks host the Wild on Saturday, while the Flames host the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

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