Flames-Canucks: Calgary's Struggles Continue Against Vancouver
The Calgary Flames had their six-game road winning streak snapped on Thursday night, falling 5-3 to the Vancouver Canucks.
The Flames are now winless in four attempts against the Canucks this season.
The Flames led early on a power-play goal by captain Jarome Iginla. The edge was short-lived, as Vancouver scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead after the first period of play.
Two quick tip-in goals by Craig Conroy and Matthew Lombardi midway through the second period knotted up the game. After a questionable elbowing penalty by Robyn Regehr, the Swede connection of the Sedin twins and Marcus Naslund produced the Canucks' fourth goal.
The Canucks' power-play unit finished 2-5 on the night.
After a rebound goal by Taylor Pyatt, Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled just under seven minutes into the third.
Calgary appeared to cut the score to 5-4 in the final period, but after a video review the goal was waved off on an apparent Mark Smith high stick.
Because of the energy shown by the Primeau-Yelle-Smith line, Calgary's top line saw minimal action late in the third. Things got a little edgy near the end of the game after a big hit on David Hale by Matt Cooke, but the Canucks ultimately sailed to the 5-3 victory.
These two teams will hook up again in Calgary on New Year's Eve.
Notes: Vancouver is now 10-2-3 against the Northwest Division this season...Enforcer Eric Goddard was not in the lineup for the Flames against their Northwest rivals.
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