NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary
(Thursday, November 8th)
Final Score: Vancouver 3, Calgary 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Alexandre Burrows' second period goal proved to be the game-winner, as the Canucks held off a late surge from the Calgary Flames to win, 3-2, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Brendan Morrison and Byron Ritchie scored for Vancouver, which has won two straight and improved to 6-2-0 on the road. Roberto Luongo finished the game with 36 saves.
Anders Eriksson and Owen Nolan each had a goal for the Flames, who have been outscored 15-5 during their current four-game losing streak. Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves in the loss.
The game remained scoreless in the first, but the Canucks erupted for three goals in the second to take a 3-0 lead.
Morrison got things started on the power play, when he was left alone at the side of the cage. Daniel Sedin circled behind the net and threaded a beautiful pass that Morrison one-timed past Kiprusoff at the 2:32 mark.
Ritchie's sharp angle wrister was stopped by Kiprusoff, but he couldn't control the puck and it trickled across the goal line with 12:02 remaining.
Burrows capped the scoring 16 seconds later off a horrid Flames' turnover. David Hale's attempted clearing pass was intercepted by Trevor Linden. Linden skated towards the goal, but he partially fanned on the shot. Luckily, Burrows picked up the loose disc and tucked it through the five-hole of Kiprusoff.
"They (Vancouver) scored a couple of quick ones," said Flames center Craig Conroy. "We have to battle and work, just keep it simple."
Calgary stormed back in the third, scoring two goals in a span of 33 seconds.
On the power play, Eriksson crept in from the right point and drilled a feed from Kristian Huselius into the back of the net at the 9:44 mark.
Calgary continued to hound the Canucks and Nolan scooped up a rebound and roofed the puck over a sprawling Luongo to make it a 3-2 game.
Late in regulation, the Flames pulled Kiprusoff in favor of an extra attacker, but failed to score.
"I thought we were excellent for the first 39 minutes," said Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault. "We were playing really well, the way we have to play, and then got into penalty trouble, but Lui (Luongo) came up really big."
Vancouver has won six of eight and 10 of the last 14 meetings and is 13-4-2 in its last 19 at Calgary...Vancouver improved to a perfect 5-0-0 against the Northwest Division...Flames center Daymond Langkow left in the second period after he was checked into the boards by Vancouver's Matt Cooke with what the team called an upper-body injury. He did not return.
11/09 00:57:17 ET