NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary
(Sunday, December 27th)
Final Score: Vancouver 5, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Mason Raymond scored the last three goals of the game for his first career hat trick, helping the Vancouver Canucks rout the Calgary Flames, 5-1, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
The 24-year-old Raymond is in his third season in the league, and prior to Sunday's game already had career highs in goals and points. His natural hat trick gives him 17 goals this season and increased his point total to 29.
"It's exciting, it's something I'll always remember," Raymond said. "It's good to get those two points, and that's big for us."
Henrik Sedin and Kyle Wellwood also scored for the Canucks, who have won three in a row. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves in the victory.
Miikka Kiprusoff allowed four goals on 13 shots in the first period for Calgary, while Curtis McElhinney made 15 saves the rest of the way. Jarome Iginla had the lone goal, as the Flames lost for the sixth time in their last seven games (1-4-2).
Iginla netted his 20th goal of the season 7:15 into the game, but the Canucks poured in five consecutive goals on the way to the win.
Sedin's slap shot at 8:31 of the first period evened the game, and Wellwood followed with a score just 34 seconds later to make it a 2-1 contest.
Raymond then iced the game with his hat trick. He scored on a tip-in and a wrister only 34 seconds apart late in the first period, then beat McElhinney 12:31 into the middle frame while skating on the power play.
Luongo stopped 24 shots in the last two periods to preserve the victory.
The Canucks play at Phoenix on Tuesday, while the Flames will try to snap their three-game slide Monday at Edmonton.
12/28 02:01:24 ET