NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Vancouver
(Saturday, April 5th)
Final Score: Calgary 7, Vancouver 1
Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla netted his 50th goal of the season and added two assists as the Calgary Flames crushed the Vancouver Canucks, 7-1, in the regular season finale for both teams at General Motors Place.
The win gives Calgary 94 points on the season and the team jumped over Colorado for the sixth spot in the Western Conference. However, the Avalanche have one game to play and will face Minnesota on Sunday.
Iginla finished the season with 98 points (50 goals and 48 assists), which is a new career high.
"The playoffs are obviously going to be another notch up, but it's good to go in rolling like this," Iginla said. "We haven't been playing our best hockey, but for some guys putting the puck in the net is always an added bonus."
Eric Nystrom had two goals and two assists while David Moss tallied a goal and an assist for the Flames, who won two of their last three games. Curtis Joseph stopped 27 shots in the win.
Byron Ritchie scored the lone goal for the Canucks, who dropped their final three games of the season. Roberto Luongo started in net, but was pulled after the first period as he gave up three goals on nine shots. Curtis Sanford finished the game between the pipes and allowed four goals on 19 shots.
The Flames drew a 1-0 lead just 1:33 into the contest as Nystrom grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone and, from the top of the left circle, let fly with a pass over to Moss, who snapped a wrister past Luongo.
Vancouver tied the game at the 8:42 mark of the first as Ritchie flicked a backhander from the low right circle that got past Joseph.
However, the Flames again took the lead just 23 seconds later. Matthew Lombardi had the disc behind the Vancouver net and centered it to Kristian Huselius, who one-timed the puck in.
Calgary padded its lead with 3:44 left in the first. Luongo attempted to clear a dump-in around the boards, but Moss intercepted it along the right boards and sent it across to Nystrom, who knocked the puck into the net before Luongo was able to get back into position.
Calgary took a 4-1 lead with 4:48 left in the second as Iginla flicked a shot on net that trickled past Sanford, and was tapped in by Dustin Boyd just as it was about to cross the goal line.
Alex Tanguay put the exclamation point on the win with his 18th goal of the season with half the period to play.
Iginla netted goal No. 50 of the season as he banged in a one-timer down low with 7:25 to play.
Nystrom scored the final goal of the game with just 1:42 to play.
The game was possibly the last for Markus Naslund as a member of the Canucks and could have been the final one in the NHL for Vancouver center Trevor Linden. Both will be free agents and Linden has a decision to make about his future, as the soon-to-be 38-year-old chooses between retirement or whether to return for a 20th season in the league.
"It's quite overwhelming, you know, overwhelming at the same time, not surprised," Linden said of the fans' approving reaction Saturday. "I've been treated incredibly by the city of Vancouver for a long time and the fans of the team. For someone who doesn't like attention it was a little difficult."
It is the second 50-goal season of Iginla's career...Vancouver won five of the eight games against Calgary this season...The Canucks went 39-33-10 this season, which is good for 10th place in the Western Conference.
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