NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver
(Wednesday, February 11th)
Final Score: Calgary 3, Vancouver 2
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at GM Place.
Iginla added an assist and Roman Turek made 32 saves for the Flames, who have won two straight and are 3-1-1 in their last five. Calgary has won back-to- back games for the first time since January 3-6.
Craig Conroy and Chuck Kobasew also scored for the Flames, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
Sami Salo and Jarkko Ruutu scored for Vancouver, which played for the first time since the All-Star break and suffered its third loss in four games (1-2-0-1). Dan Cloutier finished with 26 saves in defeat.
Iginla snapped a 2-2 deadlock just 28 seconds into the third period with his 27th goal. He skated out of the left corner around Vancouver's Trevor Linden and through the left circle, then snapped a shot from the hash marks past Cloutier low on the stick side.
Turek made it stand up, stopping 13 shots in the third period. He denied Brendan Morrison with a great glove save from the doorstep with 2:22 to play.
"I thought the difference tonight was goaltending and special teams," said Flames head coach Darryl Sutter. "That's what we need from Roman to be successful."
The Canucks scored twice in a span of 2:02 in the first period to grab the early lead.
Salo blasted a shot from the top of the slot inside the left post on a power play for his sixth goal of the season at the 11:40 mark.
Ruutu made it 2-0 with 6:18 remaining in the period, knocking a shot past Turek off a feed from Daniel Sedin.
The Flames pulled within one with 2:08 left in the stanza. Iginla started the play by racing to a loose puck in the left corner. He fed a pass into the left circle for Steven Reinprecht, who found Conroy trailing the play. Conroy picked up the puck in the slot and snapped a shot inside the right post for his third goal.
"We let them back into the game at the end of the first period," said Canucks head coach Marc Crawford. "A very immature play, getting three guys caught deep. You never want to give a team life."
Kobasew netted his third at 8:43 of the second period on a power play to tie it. He was fighting Vancouver's Bryan Allen for the puck down the slot and eventually scored on a shot from the top of the crease.
Cloutier kept the Canucks ahead a few minutes later when he denied Martin Gelinas on a breakaway.
"The second period we were terrible, they were good," Crawford added. "In the third period we made one miscue and we probably got what we deserved."
Calgary was 1-for-5 on the power play after going scoreless in its 10 chances over the previous two games...Vancouver was also 1-for-5 with the extra skater...Reinprecht finished with two assists...Kobasew notched his first goal in 35 games, dating back to October 29 against Dallas...The road team is 11-1-3 in the last 15 meetings.
02/12 01:22:37 ET