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Calgary at Vancouver

Canucks 5, Flames 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Vancouver Canucks could have used a better start and a more solid middle.

Instead they settled on a strong finish, and that was enough to hand the Calgary Flames their first regulation loss this month.

Henrik Sedin scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period and Taylor Pyatt added an insurance goal 6:59 into the third, leading Vancouver to a 5-3 win over the Flames on Thursday.

"It was good for us to find a way to win against a hot team like Calgary," said Canucks captain Markus Naslund, who set up power-play goals by Henrik Sedin and Sami Salo to reach 800 NHL points.

Craig Conroy and Matthew Lombardi scored 1:54 apart to tie the game in the second period for the Flames. But with defenseman Robyn Regehr off for elbowing, Henrik Sedin completed a pretty passing play from twin brother Daniel and Naslund by one-touching the puck through Miikka Kiprusoff's legs from the top of the crease.

Pyatt made it 5-3 by jamming in a rebound after rookie Mason Raymond, who also scored the first goal, was stopped on a breakaway. That was it for Kiprusoff, who was replaced by Curtis McElhinney after giving up five goals on 20 shots.

"No, the defensive play wasn't spectacular but some nights your goalie has to participate in those situations and we didn't get it from, either," Flames coach Mike Keenan said. "I don't think Miikka would be very happy letting in five goals on 17 shots, so a change was necessary. It's pretty easy to state what happened. We had 32 shots on net and they had 20, and we lost the hockey game."

Daniel Sedin also scored as Vancouver improved to 9-0-2 in their last 11 at home and gave the Flames their first loss in seven on the road. Roberto Luongo made 29 saves for the Canucks, who have won all four games against Calgary this season, moving five points ahead of them atop the Northwest Division.

"It was a sloppy game, there was a lot of turnovers on both sides and fortunately we were able to get some goals," Luongo said.

Jarome Iginla had the other goal for the Flames, who lost for the first time in regulation in December, falling to 7-1-4. Calgary swept a six-game road trip -- becoming just the third NHL team to do so -- before losing their last two games at home in overtime. The Flames were looking to tie a franchise record with their seventh straight road win, and it looked good early.

Iginla opened the scoring on the power play six minutes in, ending his only two-game pointless skid this season. But the Canucks scored three before the period ended, starting with Raymond banging in his own rebound midway through.

"Guys like myself and some others got to come in and do that in order for us to win, said Raymond, who has three goals and seven points in eight games since being recalled from the AHL.

The Flames failed to capitalize on a four-minute power play shortly after that, and Sedin gave the Canucks the lead with 3:19 left in the period, spinning around Cory Sarich to the outside before trickling a 15-foot backhand through Kiprusoff's legs.

"My first thing, I said, 'What a goal, that's going to be a highlight goal,"' Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "Then I saw the replay and I said, 'Boy, that's a bad goal."'

Salo made it 3-1 with 39 seconds left when he blasted a power-play slap shot past Kiprusoff's glove for his first of the season.

"We started using Sami's shot, that's the key for our power play to open up all the other down-low plays," Naslund said after the Canucks, who had four power-play goals in nine games, converted two of their first three chances.

Conroy and Lombardi, on a power play, tied it on deflections, and Calgary limited the Canucks to two shots through the first 17 minutes of the second period. But Henrik Sedin scored on the third, and Raymond got behind the Flames defense for a second time to set up Pyatt's goal.

"It wasn't our best game, it wasn't my best game, either. If you let five goals in you haven't done your job," Kiprusoff said. "I'm not happy with that. I'd like to play better, but I can't do anything about it now."

Calgary appeared to close the gap three minutes later, when Sarich's point shot was knocked out of the air and past Luongo, but the goal was waved off because it appeared Mark Smith tipped it with a high stick.

Notes

Vancouver D Mattias Ohlund missed a second game with neck spasms. Checking C Ryan Kesler also sat out because he was still feeling lightheaded after taking a big hit in Colorado on Sunday. ... Calgary RW Owen Nolan returned after missing two games with a stinger. ... Last season, the Canucks emerged from the Christmas break last in the Northwest before using back-to-back wins over Calgary to jump-start a 32-8-6 run to the division title. ... Vancouver is 10-2-3 within the division this season. Calgary is 6-6-3.

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Scoreboard
Calgary (17-14-7)1203
Vancouver  (21-13-4) «3115
Three Stars
D. Sedin
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Raymond
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
T. Pyatt
VAN


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
05:52Power Play - Jarome Iginla (25), Tip-In. Assist: Dion Phaneuf, Adrian Aucoin
09:05Mason Raymond (3), Wrist Shot. Assist: Taylor Pyatt, Aaron Miller
16:41Daniel Sedin (16), Backhand Shot. Assist: Henrik Sedin
19:21Power Play - Sami Salo (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Alexander Edler, Markus Naslund
2ND PERIOD
06:04Craig Conroy (5), Tip-In. Assist: Robyn Regehr, Alex Tanguay
07:58Power Play - Matthew Lombardi (9), Tip-In. Assist: Adrian Aucoin, Robyn Regehr
17:05Power Play - Henrik Sedin (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Daniel Sedin, Markus Naslund
3RD PERIOD
06:59Taylor Pyatt (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mason Raymond, Jason Jaffray
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
15.0Regehr, 2 min, Hooking
05:23Mitchell, 2 min, Hooking
09:08Brown, 5 min, Fighting
09:08Smith, 5 min, Fighting
09:38Pyatt, 4 min, High-Sticking
18:47Primeau, 2 min, Hooking
2ND PERIOD
02:36Brown, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
06:39Burrows, 2 min, Cross-Checking
16:05Regehr, 2 min, Elbowing
3RD PERIOD
02:33Primeau, 2 min, Tripping
18:16Hale, 5 min, Fighting
18:16Cooke, 5 min, Fighting
19:10Sarich, 2 min, Interference
19:44Pyatt, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
 123T
Calgary1281232
Vancouver116320
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Miikka Kiprusoff46:59155
Curtis McElhinney13:0100
Roberto Luongo59:42293
Game Information
Attendance - 18630
Referees - Mick McGeough, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Vaughan Rody
 
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