NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver
(Thursday, December 14th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Calgary 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Henrik Sedin's fourth goal of the season was the difference, as the Vancouver Canucks slipped by the Calgary Flames, 3-1 at GM Place.
Mattias Ohlund and Brendan Morrison also scored for the Canucks, who have won four of six. Roberto Luongo stopped 21 shots in the win.
Matt Lombardi provided the only goal of the game for the Flames, who lost their second straight contest. Miikka Kiprusoff made 24 saves in a losing cause.
"I don't think we kept it as simple on the road tonight as we have to keep it," Flames head coach Jim Playfair said. "We turned a lot of pucks over and we gave up too many quality scoring chances."
The eventual game winner came with 2:29 left in the second period. Flames forward Jamie Lundmark's shot from the point went wide of the Canuck net, and the carom skipped out to Daniel Sedin on the right wing side.
He broke out on a 2-on-1 with his brother, and waited until he was at the edge of the right circle before dishing off to Henrik, who shoveled the pass into the net as Kiprusoff dove from post-to-post.
Morrison then gave the Canucks some breathing room at 8:40 of the third when he took Matt Cooke's cross-ice pass and buried a slap shot from the right circle off a 3-on-2 rush, and Vancouver led 3-1.
"It wasn't a pretty game but we needed it badly," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund. "We'd struggled against our own division and it was a key one for us."
Lombardi opened the scoring with a short-handed tally 1:09 into the second, as he chased down Jeff Friesen's center-ice dump in, broke toward the net from a sharp angle down the right side, and slipped the puck past Luongo's stick off the far post.
Ohlund evened things up 1:44 later, taking Naslund's cross-ice pass and beating Kiprusoff with a low shot from the top of the left circle.
Vancouver has won two of three thus far in the season series, with five more games to play...There were 21 penalties whistled in the game, 11 to the Canucks...Neither team scored with the man advantage -- the Flames came up empty in eight chances, the Canucks scoreless in seven...Vancouver had scored seven power-play goals in its previous three games...Calgary has dropped its last five games on the road.
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