NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver
(Friday, December 23rd)
Final Score: Calgary 6, Vancouver 5 (SO)
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Steven Reinprecht scored two third period goals and added the decisive shootout tally, as the Calgary Flames edged the Vancouver Canucks, 6-5, at General Motors Place.
Reinprecht was Calgary's first shooter and skated in on Alex Auld, lifting a backhand over his outstretched pads for the 1-0 edge in the shootout.
"I just made a move and tried to get the puck up," said Reinprecht. "Fortunately for me, it went in."
After Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi of Vancouver shot the puck wide on their attempts, Tony Amonte gave the Flames the extra point, faking a backhand shot and then tucking the puck just inside the left post.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves on the night for the Flames, who pulled out a victory for the first time in their last three games.
Naslund netted two goals and Brendan Morrison had four assists for the Canucks, who have lost four games in a row. Vancouver is 0-1-3 in the first four games of a six-game homestand. Auld allowed five goals on 37 shots in defeat.
"We'll have to be better, we'll have to be more intense," Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford. "We'll have to be more detailed in our execution throughout the game."
Early in the third period, with the score tied up at 2-2, Anson Carter tucked home a loose puck in front to give the Canucks the lead with the power-play tally.
The lead was short-lived as Reinprecht struck for two goals in less than one minute. His first goal came after Auld gambled on playing a loose puck about 10-feet from his crease. Auld went to clear the puck, but it caromed off Reinprecht, who controlled the disc and shot it into the empty net. Seconds later, Reinprecht re-directed Jordan Leopold's shot from the point for a power-play goal and 4-3 edge.
The Canucks fought right back, tying things up at 4-4, with defenseman Bryan Allen scoring on a long shot from the point with Naslund providing a screen.
Just 29 seconds later, Jarome Iginla poked home a rebound at the left side of the net to give the Flames a 5-4 edge.
With 2:11 to play in regulation, Naslund one-timed a feed from Bertuzzi in the slot, past Kiprusoff's left shoulder, tying things up at 5-5 and sending the game into overtime. Bertuzzi had three helpers on the night.
In the extra session, the Canucks had a power play, but were unable to get any quality scoring chances.
"We were down pretty much the whole night and ended up getting a point out of it," said Naslund. "That being said, it's always frustrating to lose in a shootout."
After a scoreless opening period, Calgary grabbed a 1-0 lead at 4:47 of the second. Allen turned the puck over in his own end, creating a 2-on-1 down low with Amonte dishing the puck to Chuck Kobasew, who beat Auld over his right shoulder.
The Flames responded less than a minute later with a power-play goal from Jarkko Ruutu.
With 3:31 remaining in the second, Chris Simon stole the puck at the blue line and raced in on goal, firing the puck high, glove side for his first goal in 16 games.
Naslund tied things up at 2-2 after beating Kiprusoff on his short side with a wicked wrist shot from the left faceoff circle with 1:12 left in the second.
Calgary has won all three meetings with the Canucks this season...Reinprecht has five points in his last three games...Naslund now has a five game point streak and reached the 20-goal plateau for the seventh straight season. He also has 28 career goals against the Flames, the most against any opponent...Calgary was 1-for-6 on the power play while the Canucks went 3-of-10 with the man advantage.
12/24 02:01:42 ET