NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary
(Saturday, January 3rd)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund scored the first of three second period goals for Vancouver, lifting the Canucks to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.
Alexander Auld was solid in net while stopping 31-of-32 shots he faced. Magnus Arvedson and Brent Sopel also scored for the Canucks, who improved to an impressive 8-1-1 in their last 10 road tilts.
Chris Clark scored for the Flames and Jamie McLennan made 24 saves in the losing effort. But it was not enough to help Calgary record its first win in three games (0-2-1).
With just 33 seconds remaining in the opening period, Flames sniper Jarome Iginla was taken down on a breakaway, setting up the most exciting play in hockey, the penalty shot. Iginla skated in patiently but Auld did not flinch, and Iginla lost his edge as he attempted to make his move. His shot slid wide of the net and the game remained scoreless after one period of play.
Vancouver took advantage of the Flames' missed opportunity with three tallies in the second stanza. Naslund recorded the game's first goal after McLennan allowed a long rebound. Naslund collected the puck in the slot and maneuvered around the goaltender for his 20th goal of the season at 6:04 of the middle period.
Arvedson doubled the Canucks' advantage almost eight minutes later when he posted his first goal in 25 games. Almost three minutes after Arvedson's tally, with 3:05 to play in the second, Sopel stationed himself in front and re-directed a pass from Henrik Sedin to give Vancouver a 3-0 lead heading into the final period.
Iginla missed on another quality scoring chance late in the second period when his breakaway attempt sailed over the crossbar.
The Flames pressured relentlessly in the third period, but could only post one goal to spoil the shutout. Clark scored the goal for Calgary with just under 17 minutes left in the game. Martin Gelinas had the puck behind the net and sent a pass in front that hit off Canuck defenseman Marek Malik's skates in front. The puck went right to Clark at the right doorstep and he slammed the puck into the net to make it 3-1.
But Auld would not allow another goal despite being harassed for most of the third period. He stopped seven of the eight shots he faced in the final period to allow Vancouver to escape with the victory.
Naslund has five goals and four assists in his last 10 games...Calgary has just 10 goals in its last eight games...McLennan started his second consecutive game in place of injured starter Miikka Kiprusoff (knee)...The Flames allowed three goals for the first time in 16 games.
01/04 01:08:03 ET