Vancouver at Calgary

Canucks fend off Flames with three-goal second period


CALGARY, Alberta -- A rare offensive contribution from Vancouver's fourth line turned out to be the difference Thursday night.

Byron Ritchie and Alex Burrows scored 16 seconds apart as the Canucks built up a 3-0 lead and then withstood a furious Calgary rally in the third period to hang on for a 3-2 victory against the Flames.

"It's a great feeling," said Ritchie, whose first goal of the season came against his former team of the past two seasons. "We know we have to chip in more often then we have. It was nice to do that tonight and help the team."

After a scoreless first period, Vancouver took control in the second, scoring three times in less than six minutes.

Brendan Morrison opened the scoring on a power play at 2:32, neatly completing a tic-tac-toe passing play with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Ritchie put Vancouver ahead 2-0 at 7:58 on a harmless-looking wrist shot from a bad angle that Miikka Kiprusoff mishandled.

Only 16 seconds later, Calgary defenseman David Hale gave the puck away to Trevor Linden in front of the Flames' net. Linden then knocked it over to Burrows, who backhanded it into the low corner.

"We won two big games on the road in two hard buildings to win in," said Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, who made 36 saves.

Anders Eriksson and Owen Nolan scored for Calgary (6-7-3), which has lost four in a row.

"We're beating ourselves," said Eriksson. "We're not playing until we get our backs pushed up against the wall and we have nowhere to go, then we start playing the way we can."

Adding to the Flames' misery was the loss of Daymond Langkow. The center was knocked out of the game halfway through the second period, after he smashed his head into the glass on a check by Vancouver's Matt Cooke, who was penalized for boarding.


  • Calgary D Rhett Warrener (throat ailment) missed his third game in a row.
  • Jarome Iginla has no goals in his last eight games versus Vancouver.
  • Kiprusoff, New York's Henrik Lundqvist and San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov are the only three goalies that have started every one of their team's games.
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Roberto Luongo stops Matthew Lombardi in the third period to protect Vancouver's lead.  (AP)
Roberto Luongo stops Matthew Lombardi in the third period to protect Vancouver's lead. (AP)
Vancouver  (7-8-0) «0303
Calgary (6-7-3)0022
Three Stars
R. Luongo

Saves: 36
Save Pct.: .947
O. Nolan

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Eriksson

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
02:32Power Play - Brendan Morrison (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin
07:58Byron Ritchie (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Willie Mitchell, Aaron Miller
08:14Alexandre Burrows (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Trevor Linden
09:44Power Play - Anders Eriksson (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Kristian Huselius, Jarome Iginla
10:17Owen Nolan (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Dion Phaneuf, Matthew Lombardi
Penalty Summary
03:27Sarich, 2 min, Tripping
13:16Naslund, 2 min, Hooking
49.0Conroy, 2 min, Holding
04:34Nolan, 2 min, Slashing
09:16Phaneuf, 5 min, Fighting
09:16Phaneuf, 2 min, Roughing
09:16Ohlund, 5 min, Fighting
09:16Cooke, 2 min, Boarding
09:25Sedin, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
09:25Regehr, 2 min, Hooking
14:44Tanguay, 2 min, Holding the Stick
19:06Sedin, 2 min, Holding
02:31Hansen, 2 min, Tripping
06:48Weaver, 2 min, Holding
09:11Ohlund, 2 min, Holding
10:47Phaneuf, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Roberto Luongo59:33362
Miikka Kiprusoff59:08213
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Referees - Brad Meier, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Lyle Seitz
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