Calgary at Vancouver

Flames burn stumbling Canucks with late goal

CBS wire reports

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Calgary Flames are on another November winning streak.

Jarome Iginla sparked a comeback with a goal and an assist, and Kristian Huselius scored with 3:32 left to rally the Flames to 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.

Rhett Warrener also scored and Alex Tanguay added two assists as Calgary won its fourth straight game. Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves for the Flames, who are back at .500 after starting the season 3-7-2. Calgary was 4-7-2 in October last season before eight straight victories in November sparked a Division title.

"It does feel similar to last year," Iginla said. "It took us a while to kind of find what style of game we were going to play and how we were going to have success. It just seems we're skating a lot better, a lot more aggressive. And once again Kipper is playing unbelievable, which is the number one reason why we got on a roll last year and again this year."

Kiprusoff was back in goal one night after a 37-save shutout to end Anaheim's NHL-record of 16 games with at least a point to start a season. After getting beat twice in the first period against Vancouver, he stopped the final 16 shots, including several great saves off Markus Naslund.

"We had a lot of chances to get the third one and instead they ended up tying it," Naslund said.

Kiprusoff got a bit of a break when Marc Chouinard hit the inside of the post less than a minute before Iginla put Calgary on the board, and again when Matt Cooke hit the post on a spinning backhand from the side of the net with 26 seconds left.

"A big turning point was Kipper playing unbelievable in the second to keep us in there and when (Chouinard's shot) went off the post it was a big boost," Iginla said. "It could have been 3-0, but we found a way to come back and win."

Sami Salo and Taylor Pyatt scored power-play goals in the first period for the Canucks, who have lost five of six. Roberto Luongo, pulled during Thursday's 6-0 loss to Anaheim after giving up three goals on nine shots, finished with 18 saves.

"We should have had two points out of this game," Luongo said. "Unfortunately that last goal is the perfect shot under the bar so it's a tough break."

Huselius scored the winner, one-timing a backhand shot through a screen, over Luongo's glove, and just under the cross bar after Matthew Lombardi skated around defenseman Lukas Krajicek and dropped the puck into the slot. But the game started to turn after Cooke hammered Iginla midway through the second. The hit, delivered just after Iginla took a shot, sparked Calgary's captain.

"I didn't see him coming, he hits hard, and he got me good there," said Iginla, who challenged Cooke twice, but said he didn't have a problem with the hit. "It was clean, but it doesn't make you feel good. I don't know if you want to say it woke me up, but it definitely gets you more into it."

Five minutes later, Iginla skated through Krajicek and Mattias Ohlund and beat Luongo with a backhand. He was back at it early in the third, beating Krajiceck behind the Vancouver net before slipping the puck into the slot for Tanguay, who found Warrener cutting in alone on the backdoor for a one-timer through Luongo.

"Iggy had a couple of shifts where he took over and that was the difference," said Warrener, adding his first goal of the season was sweeter because it came after a giveaway led to the Canucks second goal. "It was nice to get that back I wasn't feeling too good, but the forwards made a nice play to just get it out there an I kind of whacked at it like I always do and it went in."

Vancouver's power play came into the game ranked 26th in the league at 11.3 percent and mired in a 2-for-26 skid. But Salo, back after missing three games with a sprained knee, one-timed a slap shot from the point that deflected off several Flames sticks on the way past Kiprusoff midway through the period.

Pyatt added his team-high eighth goal with just over 1 minute left in the first.


  • Iginla has a five-game point-scoring streak, with three goals and four assists during the stretch.
  • Vancouver (8-9-1 overall) is now 1-5-1 against Northwest Division teams.
  • Kiprusoff (15 of 16) and Luongo (17 of 18) have both started all but one of their team's games this season.
  • Canucks F Jan Bulis, who signed a one-year, $1.3-million contract this summer, was a healthy scratch.
  • Morrison, who centered the Canucks top line most of the last four years, was demoted to the left wing on the fourth line.
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Robyn Regehr and the Flames overcome the Canucks' early  offense to win and reach .500.  (Getty Images)
Robyn Regehr and the Flames overcome the Canucks' early offense to win and reach .500. (Getty Images)
Calgary  (7-7-2) «0123
Vancouver (8-9-1)2002
Three Stars
J. Iginla

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Naslund

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 0
M. Kiprusoff

Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .929

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Scoring Summary
10:18Power Play - Sami Salo (4), Slap Shot - Assists: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
18:52Power Play - Taylor Pyatt (8), Wrist Shot - Assists: Brendan Morrison, Matt Cooke
15:15Jarome Iginla (9), Backhand Shot - Assists: Alex Tanguay, Rhett Warrener
05:29Rhett Warrener, Snap Shot - Assists: Alex Tanguay, Jarome Iginla
16:28Kristian Huselius (4), Backhand Shot - Assist: Matthew Lombardi
Penalty Summary
01:54Sedin: High sticking - 2 min.
06:44Santala: Tripping - 2 min.
09:21Lombardi: Holding - 2 min.
14:27Langkow: Kneeing - 2 min.
18:12Kobasew: Boarding - 2 min.
06:23Cooke: Cross Check - 2 min.
08:46Coulombe: High sticking - 2 min.
15:34Ritchie: Holding - 2 min.
08:03Zyuzin: Boarding - 2 min.
16:46Phaneuf: Holding - 2 min.
Miikka Kiprusoff59:59262
Roberto Luongo57:54183
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Line Judges - Mike Cvik, Don Henderson
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