NHL Game Summary - Vancouver at Calgary
(Monday, December 31st)
Final Score: Calgary 2, Vancouver 1
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Kristian Huselius' goal late in the second period was the game-winner as Calgary squeaked past Vancouver, 2-1, at Pengrowth Saddledome.
Owen Nolan also tallied for the Flames, who got 24 saves from Miikka Kiprusoff and beat Vancouver for the first time in five tries this season.
Daniel Sedin lit the lamp for the Canucks, who lost for the second time in their last seven. Roberto Luongo took the loss, giving up both goals on just 20 shots.
"Obviously we're not happy with the outcome of the game, but this team was here waiting for us, and we played a really smart road game," said Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault. "We played well enough to get something out of this, but you give credit to their goaltender."
Huselius notched his 18th goal of the season with 1:05 left in the second, burying a chance off a typically slick pass from Daymond Langkow, and the Flames kept that one-goal edge after 40 minutes.
Kiprusoff expertly made that margin stand up in the third period with 10 stops.
"For the most part, we kept it as ugly as we could, and hopefully we have the game plan to get them next time," said Flames forward Craig Conroy.
Vancouver took a 1-0 lead just 2:34 into the contest when Sedin took a pass in the slot from his brother Henrik on a 3-on-2 rush, and buried it for a goal.
Calgary responded at 11:27 as Langkow slid a cross-crease feed to Nolan for a goal from the inner edge of the left circle.
Vancouver had won eight of the last 10 over Calgary...Attendance was 19,289.
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