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Canucks 3, Flames 2

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:39 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 3, Flames 2
Vancouver Canucks 3, Calgary Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -Alex Burrows' first goal in 48 games was a memorable one.

Burrows scored on a beautiful individual effort Tuesday night and the Vancouver Canucks held off the Calgary Flames 3-2 for their season-best fourth consecutive victory.

Trevor Linden and Brendan Morrison also scored for Vancouver, which has won all four games in the streak against Northwest Division opponents.

"That's been our Achilles' heel until now, one we've been criticized for - and rightly so. But now we're finally starting to get things going," Linden said.

The Canucks are one point behind first-place Minnesota and one ahead of Calgary.

Burrows got his first goal since March 27, 2006, at 15:29 of the second period to give Vancouver a 3-1 lead. Darting down the wing on a 2-on-1, he eluded Mark Giordano's diving swipe, patiently waited for goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to go down and then reached back and tucked the puck inside the post as he skated past the net.

"I thought I was going to shoot it, or go to my backhand maybe and try to roof it, but there was nothing there and I was lucky to be able to jam it in," Burrows said. "It's a good goal for me to get, especially with the bounces I've been getting lately."

The pretty effort earned praise from his teammates, too.

"A great goal," said Morrison, who added an assist. "He showed a lot of patience and some pretty nice hands there.

"It was a big boost for our team."

Matthew Lombardi scored twice for the Flames, who lost for only the second time in their past 14 home games - both to Vancouver.

"We didn't come out prepared," Lombardi said. "They came out ready to play and we let them take it to us. We weren't ready and it showed."

In front of a boisterous, sellout crowd of 19,289, the teams played for the fifth time in 25 days. It was an emotional and physical game that included several skirmishes.

"Everybody knows that when you come in here, it's going to be a really intense game," Burrows said. "We know they're a really good team and we need everyone in this locker room to bring everything to the table and work hard to beat them."

Roberto Luongo made 27 saves for Vancouver, the biggest being a spectacular glove stop on Byron Ritchie after he was set up for a one-timer by Kristian Huselius on a 2-on-1 rush with 6 minutes left.

Vancouver led 2-0 after 20 minutes, but Lombardi cut Calgary's deficit to 3-2 after two periods.

He made it 2-1 six minutes into the second on his fourth short-handed goal. Sent in alone by Huselius, Lombardi fended off a diving backcheck by Kevin Bieksa, cut across the front of the Vancouver net and neatly pulled the puck around Luongo. Lombardi is one short-handed goal behind Pittsburgh rookie Jordan Staal, who leads the NHL.

After Burrows put Vancouver back in front by two, Lombardi pulled Calgary within a goal again at 17:23 when he burst down the wing and whipped a high shot past Luongo from 20 feet out.

Linden opened the scoring at 7:54 of the first period, one-timing Morrison's centering pass after Lombardi coughed up the puck behind the Flames net.

Morrison made it 2-0 four minutes later when Sami Salo's shot from the blue line hit Rhett Warrener's skate and sharply caromed out to Morrison at the side of the scrum, who was left with an open net.

Vancouver finished 1-for-10 with the man advantage while Calgary was 0-for-6. But Lombardi's concern was the amount of time the Flames spent playing short-handed.

"It impacts the flow of our game," he said. "They get on the power play moving the puck around, our guys on the (penalty kill) are out there a lot and getting tired while the other guys are sitting on the bench and are not getting the opportunity to get going."

Kiprusoff had 28 saves for Calgary. He has given up three or more goals in eight of his past nine starts.

Notes: The Flames and Canucks meet just twice over the final three months of the season - Feb. 3 in Calgary and March 31 at Vancouver. ... Vancouver RW Markus Naslund has gone 15 games without a goal. With 100 power-play goals, he is three from moving past Tony Tanti into top spot on the Canucks' career list. ... Calgary D Andrei Zyuzin was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. ... Vancouver improved to 16-5-1 when scoring first.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:54
VAN
Trevor Linden (5) Snap shot - ASST: Brendan Morrison (12)
1 - 0 VAN
11:57
VAN
PPG - Brendan Morrison (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Sami Salo (11), Markus Naslund (16)
2 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
06:00
CGY
SHG - Matthew Lombardi (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (14), Roman Hamrlik (11)
2 - 1 VAN
15:29
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Marc Chouinard (2), Kevin Bieksa (13)
3 - 1 VAN
17:23
CGY
Matthew Lombardi (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Mark Giordano (4), Kristian Huselius (15)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
04:01
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Hooking against  Jarome Iginla
08:05
CGY
Byron Ritchie  Interference against  Marc Chouinard
11:02
CGY
Stephane Yelle  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
14:45
CGY
Kristian Huselius  Diving against  Willie Mitchell
14:45
VAN
Willie Mitchell  Hooking against  Kristian Huselius
18:35
VAN
Daniel Sedin  Hooking against  Dion Phaneuf
2nd Period
01:24
CGY
Jamie Lundmark  Too many men/ice - bench
04:33
CGY
Mark Giordano  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
06:50
CGY
Roman Hamrlik  Hooking against  Jan Bulis
08:18
VAN
Roberto Luongo  Tripping against  Kristian Huselius
10:52
CGY
Chuck Kobasew  Hi-sticking against  Kevin Bieksa
12:38
VAN
Lukas Krajicek  Hooking against  Daymond Langkow
17:23
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Fighting (maj) against  Andrew Ference
17:23
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Slashing against  Andrew Ference
17:23
CGY
Andrew Ference  Misconduct (10 min) against  Kevin Bieksa
17:23
CGY
Andrew Ference  Fighting (maj) against  Kevin Bieksa
17:23
CGY
Andrew Ference  Instigator against  Kevin Bieksa
17:23
CGY
Andrew Ference  Instigator - face shield against  Kevin Bieksa
20:00
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Jan Bulis
3rd Period
02:22
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Too many men/ice - bench
08:55
VAN
Markus Naslund  Holding against  Dion Phaneuf
11:38
CGY
Jeff Friesen  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
14:40
VAN
Jan Bulis  Hooking against  Mark Giordano
19:43
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Tripping against  Robyn Regehr
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 29TOI: 59:58
Saves: 27EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 2PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .931SH: 6 - 7
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 29TOI: 59:04
Saves: 26EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0