Mike Cammalleri had his first career hat trick and Curtis Glencross added his 3rd goal in 3 games to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks.
Cammalleri’s first goal of the game, the 100th of his career, went in off Canucks Defenceman Sami Salo’s skate. His next two goals were much prettier as he nailed two one-timers off 2 perfect passes from linemate Jarome Iginla. His hat trick goal gave the Flames their first lead of the game.
“The best feeling about this is the win,” said Cammalleri. “Maybe we didn’t say it out loud, but we were all thinking we need to win these two games to get back to where we want to be and you can’t win them both if you don’t win the first one.”
Curtis Glencross continued his hot streak with the game winning goal. He stole the puck from Alex Edler and broke in on Canucks goalie Curtis Sanford. He whipped a back-hander over Sanford’s shoulder to seal the win for the Flames, who have moved within 3 points of NW Division-leading Vancouver.
Flames Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was also in top form, turning away 27 of 30 shots to claim his 13th win of the season. He stopped a great chance from Jannick Hansen, and helped the Flames kill off a 5-on-3 powerplay.
This was the first regulation-time loss for the Canucks while facing their Northwest Division opponents.
The two teams will now head to Calgary for another matchup on Saturday night.