NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary
(Saturday, February 3rd)
Final Score: Calgary 4, Vancouver 3
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Alex Tanguay had a goal and an assist to lead the Calgary Flames to a big 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Byron Ritchie, Daymond Langkow and Kristian Huselius each tallied a goal for the Flames, who have won their last three games. Miikka Kiprusoff made 25 saves in the win.
"We're playing really good and those were a big two points for us," said Tanguay. "We have to keep on winning if we want to stay ahead of the group and move up in the standings."
Taylor Pratt, Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin each had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have lost two of their last three games.
Vancouver opened up the scoring when Henrik Sedin found the back of the net for his seventh goal of the season with 6:42 to play.
Daniel Sedin increased the Canucks lead to 2-0 less than four minutes later with his 20th goal of the campaign.
Calgary got on the scoreboard in the second with a power play goal courtesy of Langkow just 3:54 into the frame.
The Flames tied the game when, on a 2-on-1, Jarome Iginla fed the disc under the stick of a Vancouver defenseman to Tanguay, who rifled a shot into the right corner of the net with seven minutes left in the second.
"Jarome made a nice play on the goal," said Tanguay.
Calgary took its first lead of the game 8:39 into the third period. Jeff Friesen blasted a shot from the top of the left circle that Luongo made a kick save on. The rebound bounced out all the way to the right circle and Mark Giordano blasted a shot that Ritchie tipped into the net for a 3-2 lead.
The Flames got some insurance when Huselius snapped a wrist shot from the top of the left circle through a screen and past Luongo for a 4-2 lead with 3:21 to play.
The goal proved fortunate as Vancouver got a goal to make it a 4-3 game when Sedin flicked a pass from the right side to the slot where it hit off the chest of Pyatt and into the net with 1:50 to play.
The Canucks, though, were unable to tie the game and Calgary grabbed first place in the Northwest Division, two points ahead of the Canucks and the Wild.
Vancouver next plays on Tuesday in Edmonton...Calgary hosts Chicago on Tuesday...Vancouver had won four straight against Calgary coming into the game...Calgary went 1-for-8 on the power play while Vancouver failed on its five chances...Huselius has a 12-game point streak with eight goals and 10 assists during the run.
02/04 01:27:00 ET