CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — Miikka Kiprusoff made 17 saves and
helped the Calgary Flames extend their winning streak to three
games with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
Daymond Langkow scored a power-play goal, while David Moss and
Matthew Lombardi also tallied for the Flames, who swept their
home-and-home series with the Canucks and won for the fifth time
in six contests.
Calgary handed Vancouver its first regulation loss in 11
contests with a 4-3 win on Thursday.
“These division games are always huge,” Moss said. “And in the
Northwest, things are so close and there is such an emphasis on
(getting points). We played hard tonight.”
Kiprusoff was denied of his third shutout of the season when
Kyle Wellwood cut Vancouver’s deficit to 2-1 with his ninth
tally of the season midway through the third period.
Recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on November
22, Corey Schneider turned aside 28 shots in his NHL debut for
the Canucks, who fell to 1-2-0 in three contests without injured
netminder Roberto Luongo.
“It was great to get the first one under my belt,” Schneider
said. “I didn’t get my back leg down (on the second goal), and
tried to slide across. It’s probably one I would like to have
back. But it didn’t turn out the way we wanted.”
Calgary was staked to a 1-0 lead when Langkow converted passes
from defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Todd Bertuzzi by firing a wrist
shot from the slot past Schneider with 39 seconds left in the
Moss added to Calgary’s lead 6:11 into the third, unleashing a
wrister from the left faceoff circle.
“I thought (Schneider) played solid and kept us in the game, but
they took over the in second period,” Vancouver coach Alain
Vigneault said. “I thought he gave us a chance to win. That
second goal I am sure he would like to have back.
“The power play is not working, that’s pretty obvious, and we’re
going to have to regroup on that. Give Calgary the credit on
that, they played hard.”
Moss has recorded points in three of his last four games.
“Right now (Moss) has a pace to his game,” Calgary coach Mike
Keenan said. “He was playing with Langkow and Bertuzzi tonight
and the team is coming together well defensively and they’re
gaining some confidence offensively.”
However, Vancouver halved its deficit when Jannik Hansen slid a
backhanded cross-crease pass to Wellwood, who wristed the puck
over the shoulder of Kirprusoff 5 1/2 minutes later.
Lombardi secured the victory with his second goal of the season
off a pass from captain Jarome Iginla with 82 seconds remaining
in the game.
“I thought we got better as the game went along,” Calgary
defenseman Robyn Regehr said. “We had some missed opportunities
later and it was good to see that we capitalized on the
opportunities at the end of the second period.”