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Canucks Down Flames in Overtime

Posted 11 Oct 2007 — by admin
Category Loss, Overtime, Vancouver Canucks, division


Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Sarich A:Huselius, Lombardi

2nd Period
VAN: Ohlund A:Kelser, Morrison
VAN: Naslund A:Kfajicek, Luongo
VAN: Shannon A: Sedin, Sedin

3rd Period
CGY: Langkow A: Tanguay, Erkisson
CGY: Langkow A: Tanguay, Iginla

VAN: Sedin A: Ohlund, Naslund

Another Win for the Flames in Vancouver

Posted 01 Apr 2007 — by admin
Category Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win, division, home


Seeing the Colorado Avalanche so close behind has scared the Calgary Flames into playing their best hockey of the season.

Daymond Langkow had a goal and two assists, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves as the Flames moved closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Kristian Huselius had a goal and an assist, and Craig Conroy also scored as Calgary remained seven points ahead of Colorado for the final Western Conference playoff spot. The Flames have won six straight since Colorado closed within four points two weeks ago, and can clinch by beating the Avalanche in Calgary on Tuesday, one of two remaining head-to-head matchups.

“The big thing is Colorado is right there so it feels like playoff time already,” Conroy said.

The Flames had lost five of six before the recent turnaround. They were also one of the worst teams on the road, but have now won a season-high four straight away from home.

“We knew we were in a tight spot and battling for a playoff position, and fortunately we were able to pick up our game,” Langkow said. “It’s because we’re playing a lot better defensively.”

Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund made it close as the Canucks outshot Calgary 18-3 in the third period before losing in regulation for just the second time in 15 games (11-2-2). Still, they remained three points ahead of Minnesota atop the Northwest Division.

“Obviously they’re battling for their lives right now and I think we came out a little flat to start the game and they were hungrier than us,” said Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who made 15 saves.

Morrison ended Kiprusoff’s shutout bid 6:37 into the third, and Naslund pulled the Canucks within one by scoring a controversial power-play goal with 3:54 left.

With the puck lying on the goal line during a wild scramble, Naslund appeared to miss it with a lunging attempt with his stick. It went in as he jammed at it with his glove. Replays showed the puck didn’t go over the line until a diving Kiprusoff hit it with his blocker.

The Flames goalie made up for it by robbing Daniel Sedin from the top of the crease with 6.8 seconds left to preserve the win.

“It was pretty tough third period, we took too many penalties,” Kiprusoff said. “We can’t do that this time of year but have to be happy. It’s a big two points for us. Every game for a long time now has been big, and we still need to win.”

Both teams were missing key defensemen. The Canucks continued to play without top-three defenders Sami Salo (groin) and Mattias Ohlund (elbow cut), while second-year Flames standout Dion Phaneuf missed a second straight game with the flu.

Their absence certainly didn’t take any emotion out of the game. Calgary captain Jarome Iginla and defenseman Willie Mitchell dropped the gloves for a spirited scrap during a post-whistle line change just 2:34 in, sparking a melee that featured lots of pushing and left the ice littered with equipment.

“That’s why he’s our captain,” said Langkow, who opened the scoring a minute and a half later. “It was definitely an emotional boost for us.”

Langkow set up Conroy for a tap-in on a short-handed 2-on-1 1:31 into the second, and Huselius made it 3-0 on a power play at 3:58, setting up Iginla in the slot.

“The first 25 minutes we had some pretty bad breakdowns in our own zone and it’s tough to come back from 3-0,” Luongo said.

Kiprusoff continued a stellar stretch at the other end. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner has stopped 175 of 184 shots during the six-game winning streak. He got a shoulder on Naslund’s shot during a 2-on-1 and stopped Daniel Sedin in tight early.

Kiprusoff also got help from defenseman Andrei Zyuzin, who got a stick on Naslund’s wraparound toward an empty net. Matt Cooke beat him from in close midway through the second but hit the post with a shot.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Langkow (32) A: Huselius

2nd Period
CGY: Conroy (13) A: Langkow, Regehr
CGY: Huselius (33) A: Iginla, Langkow

3rd Period
VAN: Morrison (20) A: Cooke
VAN: Naslund (23) A

Flames Keep Streak Going in Minnesota

Posted 01 Apr 2007 — by admin
Category Minnesota Wild, Road, Win, division, home


Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames have found some consistency down the stretch, and there’s no better point in the season for it.

Iginla scored his first hat trick of the season to move Calgary closer to clinching the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and the Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday.

“Those are the kind of things you expect Jarome to do,” teammate Craig Conroy said.

Daymond Langkow also scored in a three-goal first period for Calgary, which stunned Minnesota and goalie Niklas Backstrom with two scores in the first 80 seconds. Backstrom saw only two shots before Wild coach Jacques Lemaire called timeout and replaced him with Josh Harding.

Flames All-Star Miikka Kiprusoff, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s most outstanding goaltender, was once again hard to beat.

After stopping all 38 shots he faced in regulation and overtime in a shootout win against Minnesota here two days before, Kiprusoff made 23 saves in Calgary’s fifth straight victory. The last three of those have been on the road, where the Flames brought only 11 wins – second-fewest in the league – into the game.

They reached 94 points and moved within four points of the Wild and further ahead of ninth-place Colorado, which had 85 points before a later game at Phoenix.

“We want to close it out. We want to earn our playoff spot,” Iginla said.

If they keep this up, they certainly will.

“This is the time of year you want to be playing sharp,” Langkow said.

Brent Burns and Mark Parrish scored power-play goals for Minnesota, which fell behind 3-1 on Iginla’s second goal with 12 seconds left in the first period and was stuck in a sluggish game of dump-and-chase for most of the evening.

Adam Hall had a prime chance to cut the lead to one in the closing seconds of the middle period when Parrish’s perfect pass found him on the edge of the crease, but Hall’s shot went wide right.

“It was a little bit of a bump in the road tonight,” Parrish said.

The Wild have been one of the NHL’s best teams over the past two months, highlighted by a nine-game winning streak that ended with that shootout defeat to Calgary. Lemaire, however, expressed mild concern this week about peaking too soon – wishing the postseason was beginning now.

Minnesota clinched the second playoff appearance in the franchise’s six seasons Tuesday when the Avalanche lost, and it was easy to see what Lemaire was worried about when Langkow and Iginla gave the Flames a 2-0 lead before most fans were settled in their seats.

“Now that we achieved a spot in the playoffs, maybe the guys feel we have a couple of games that we can play easier,” Lemaire said. “But it won’t work. It just won’t work.”

With his back turned to the goal, Langkow stretched his stick out with one hand and knocked a pass from Brad Stuart in with 62 seconds elapsed. Then 18 seconds later, Iginla’s snap shot from the right circle slid past Backstrom and prompted Lemaire to call timeout. He paced back and forth on the bench behind his players while barking at them during the break.

Backstrom, who won seven of the games during the Wild’s streak, has been one of the league’s best goaltenders since original starter Manny Fernandez got hurt in late January. This, obviously, was not one of those exemplary performances, but Backstrom was not necessarily at fault.

Lemaire conferred with assistant coach Mike Ramsey during the timeout and made the switch to preserve some of Backstrom’s confidence.

“I didn’t want him to be back there if we were going to be playing like this,” Lemaire said.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Langkow (31) A: Stuart, Lombardi
CGY: Iginla (35) A: Tanguay, Conroy
MIN: Burns (7) A: Gaborik, Bouchard
CGY: Iginla (36) A: Langkow

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
CGY:Iginla (37) A: Conroy, Tanguay
MIN: Parrish (18) A: Johnsson, Koivu

Iginla Leads Flames to Win over Canucks

Posted 10 Dec 2006 — by admin
Category Vancouver Canucks, Win, division, home


The Calgary Flames scored a pair of first-period power-play goals Saturday and held on to defeat the Vancouver Canucks 5-3 to tie a club record for consecutive home wins.

Kristian Huselius and Dion Phaneuf each tallied with the man advantage in the opening frame before Jarome Iginla and Matthew Lombardi extended the Flames’ lead to 4-1 with even-strength markers in the second.

“The first 40 minutes were good for us,” Iginla said. “We knew they played last night and we were trying to come out with some jump. We were able to stay on them and force them to take some penalties and that was huge momentum.”

After the Canucks made it interesting with goals by Jan Bulis and Kevin Bieksa in the third period, the Flames’ Alex Tanguay put the game out of reach with an empty-netter with 36 seconds left.

“It’s frustrating that we can come out and play a third period like we did but play the first two periods like we did as well,” said Vancouver centre Brendan Morrison.

“We knew these guys have been playing extremely well at home. For whatever reason, we weren’t moving our feet early on and because of that we were taking penalties.”

Vancouver starting goalie Roberto Luongo — who has appeared in 29 of his team’s 30 games — didn’t make it through the second period. Coach Alain Vigneault yanked him after the Lombardi goal, the Flames’ fourth on 24 shots.

Backup Dany Sabourin stopped all 13 attempts he faced in relief of Luongo.

Bieksa and Daniel Sedin each registered a goal and an assist for Vancouver (14-15-1), while Henrik Sedin had two assists.

Iginla had a pair of assists to go along with his goal for Calgary (14-10-3), which equalled a team record with its ninth straight win at the Saddledome.

During the run, the Flames have outscored opponents by a whopping 32-9.

“We’re a real confident group here,” said Lombardi of the six weeks of perfection at the Saddledome. “It’s a confidence we have right now in everybody and we’re obviously lacking a little of that on the road. We have to take that same mentality there.”

The Flames will try for their 10th consecutive home win Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild.

After that, Calgary — 3-7-3 on the road this season — heads to Vancouver to begin a six-game trip.


Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Huselius (10) A: Kobasew, Regehr
VAN: Sedin (9) A: Bieksa, Sedin
CGY: Phaneuf (6) A: Hamrlik, Iginla

2nd Period
CGY: Iginla (16) A: Tanguay, Langkow
CGY: Lombardi (9) A: Ritchie, Huselius

3rd Period
VAN: Bulis (5) A: Sedin, Sedin
VAN: Bieksa (5) A: Morrison
CGY: Tanguay (6) A: Iginla