NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary
(Tuesday, February 28th)
Final Score: Vancouver 2, Calgary 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Markus Naslund and Anson Carter scored nine seconds apart late in the second period, as the Canucks started the post- Olympic break with a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Alex Auld stopped 30 shots for Vancouver, which won for the sixth time in its last nine games. The Canucks beat the Flames for a third straight time and moved into a tie with Calgary for first place in the tightly-packed Northwest Division, with Colorado one point back.
"We had to play a spirited game and the defense came up large," said Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford.
Robyn Regehr had the lone goal for the Flames, who had a three-game victory streak broken, although they hadn't played since February 10th against St. Louis. Miikka Kiprusoff made 20 saves.
"We came out pretty good and tried to establish a physical presence," said Calgary's Darren McCarty. "It's one of those games we had a chance to go up two goals, but didn't do it. It's frustrating."
Regehr scored at 8:53 of the opening period on the power play, while Naslund was in the penalty box for a delay of game call.
Naslund and Carter both lit the lamp in the final two minutes of the second to give Vancouver the lead. On the first goal, the Flames were slow on a line change, and the Canucks had an odd-man rush. Brendan Morrison passed the puck from above the left circle to a cutting Naslund, who streaked to the net for his 27th goal of the season.
After a scramble on the ensuing faceoff, Daniel Sedin dove for the puck at the offensive blue line for a pass to Carter in the right circle. Carter's wrist shot beat Kiprusoff high to the glove side.
The Canucks missed a chance to ice the win with 9 1/2 minutes left, but Jarkko Ruutu missed a breakaway chance with a backhand high over the net.
The Flames pulled Kiprusoff with just over a minute left, but couldn't generate a good scoring chance. Dion Phaneuf's shot from the left point was deflected before it reached the net, and Phaneuf lost the puck on a hard hit as he went into the Vancouver zone in the final seconds.
Morrison played in his 400th game in a Canucks uniform...This was the seventh of eight games between the two clubs. The Flames have already captured the season series between the two clubs having posted nine points (4-2-1) through the first six games. The final game between the two clubs is on Saturday, April 8th in Vancouver...The road team has won 15 of the last 22 meetings in this series.
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