NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver
(Monday, December 26th)
Final Score: Calgary 2, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist and Robyn Regehr netted the decisive goal in the third period, as the Calgary Flames edged the Vancouver Canucks, 2-1, at General Motors Place.
The Flames grabbed a pair of victories in the two-game series at Vancouver. Calgary downed the Canucks 6-5 in a shootout on Friday night.
Jordan Leopold had two assists for the Flames, who have won all four meetings with the Canucks this season.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 16-of-17 shots in the victory.
Anson Carter scored the lone goal for Vancouver, which has dropped five in a row with all of those defeats coming by just one goal.
Alex Auld had 21 saves in defeat.
"The difference was the powerplay, their shots went in and ours didn't and that was the difference," said Vancouver head coach Marc Crawford. "We had a couple of opportunities in the third on the power play and Kiprusoff made some great saves. And we hit a couple of posts as well."
With the game all tied up at 1-1 in the final frame, Regehr gave the Flames the go-ahead goal at the 8:34 mark. On the power play, Huselius dished the puck to Regehr at the top of the left circle and he sent a blistering slap shot over Auld's right shoulder.
With 45.3 seconds left in regulation, Vancouver was awarded a power play, but failed to generate a shot on goal. The Canucks managed only three shots in the third stanza.
Huselius scored at 4:15 of the opening period notching a power-play goal. Daymond Langkow dashed into the Vancouver zone along the right boards and fed a pass to Huselius in the slot and he wristed a shot low, stick side past Auld for the 1-0 Calgary lead.
Midway through the second stanza, Canucks' center Brendan Morrison had a great chance to even the score but rang the puck off the crossbar during a two-man advantage.
At 5:58 of the third, Carter made it a 1-1 game with his 13th goal of the season. Daniel Sedin won a battle for a loose puck in the right corner and centered a pass to Carter at the left side of the crease and he one-timed the puck past Kiprusoff stick side.
The Flames have won five straight in the series and four in a row at Vancouver...Calgary was 2-for-8 with the man advantage and the Canucks went 0- for-4...Vancouver is 0-2-3 in the first five games of a current six-game homestand...Markus Naslund and Morrison each had five-game point streaks halted...Sedin has points in nine of the last 10 games.
12/27 01:48:03 ET