Flames-Canucks: Calgary's Struggles Continue Against Vancouver

Chris GschwendtnerCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2007

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.