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Canucks blow out Flames 7-2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Canucks blow out Flames 7-2
Vancouver Canucks 7, Calgary Flames 2

There's something about playing in Calgary that brings out the best in Vancouver's Mason Raymond.

The native of nearby Cochrane, Alta., had his second career hat trick on Wednesday night -- scoring at even strength, shorthanded and on a power play -- and added an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks rout the Flames 7-2 for their third win in a row.

"Maybe it's the home-cooked meal," said Raymond, who has both of his hat tricks in Calgary.

The four points are a career high for Raymond, who now has 7 goals in 23 games this season. He completed this one by scoring with 4:23 to play to make it 6-2.

"It's a lot of fun playing in front of your friends and family," Raymond said. "The team played really well and I had some good bounces tonight."

Daniel Sedin, Jeff Tambellini, Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 18 saves as the Canucks improved to 13-7-3 and moved a point ahead of Colorado for the Northwest Division lead.

"As far as doing the right things at both ends of the rink, I think we are doing that right now," coach Alain Vigneault said. "Offensively we're generating and creating grade-A scoring chances and defensively we haven't been giving up much, so hopefully we'll continue here as we move on to Chicago."

Raymond's biggest goal came 1:03 into the third period, when he beat Miikka Kiprusoff with the Canucks playing shorthanded and protecting a one-goal lead. Vancouver then scored three more goals to blow open what had been a tight game through two periods.

Alex Tanguay and Tim Jackman scored for Calgary, which has five of its last seven at home.

"Seven goals... that's a pretty good kick at home," Flames coach Brent Sutter said. "What stings more is the way we handled our third period. That's unacceptable. That tells you that we have a lot of work to do. That is what bothers me more than anything."

The Flames seemed to have momentum heading into the third period after killing off a five-minute penalty. Calgary's Curtis Glencross drew a major and a game misconduct for cross-checking defenseman Keith Ballard in the face late in the second period. The Flames survived the lengthy penalty kill against the NHL's top-ranked power play to keep the score at 3-2 after two periods.

"You're in the game when it's 3-2 and with all the situations that occurred going into the third period, the cards were laid out for us to rise to the occasion," Sutter said.

After Burrows made it 5-2, Sutter showed his frustration putting out five defenseman -- Jay Bouwmeester, Brendan Mikkelson, Robyn Regehr, Anton Babchuk and Cory Sarich -- for the final 30 seconds of a third-period power play.

"We weren't doing anything on it," Sutter said. "I didn't think our forwards were working very hard on it. The first unit went out there and they never spent any time in the offensive zone whatsoever so I thought I'd give the defensemen an opportunity."

Material from team media and wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
02:00
VAN
Mason Raymond (5) ASST: Andrew Alberts (4), Ryan Kesler (6)
1 - 0 VAN
08:51
VAN
Jeff Tambellini (4) ASST: Alexander Edler (14), Mason Raymond (10)
2 - 0 VAN
10:01
CGY
Tim Jackman (3) ASST: Mark Giordano (9), Cory Sarich (5)
2 - 1 VAN
2nd Period
03:05
VAN
PPG - Daniel Sedin (14) ASST: Ryan Kesler (7), Henrik Sedin (26)
3 - 1 VAN
06:22
CGY
Alex Tanguay (7) ASST: Matt Stajan (14), Jarome Iginla (11)
3 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
01:03
VAN
SHG - Mason Raymond (6) ASST: Manny Malhotra (8)
4 - 2 VAN
06:16
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (4) ASST: Henrik Sedin (27)
5 - 2 VAN
15:37
VAN
PPG - Mason Raymond (7) ASST: Mikael Samuelsson (11)
6 - 2 VAN
17:56
VAN
PPG - Dan Hamhuis (3) ASST: Jeff Tambellini (3), Raffi Torres (3)
7 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
02:02
VAN
Tanner Glass  Fighting (maj) against  Tim Jackman
02:02
CGY
Tim Jackman  Fighting (maj) against  Tanner Glass
04:42
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
17:40
CGY
Tom Kostopoulos  Interference against  Jannik Hansen
2nd Period
00:40
VAN
Raffi Torres  Hooking against  Cory Sarich
02:30
CGY
Mikael Backlund  Holding the stick against  Manny Malhotra
10:24
CGY
Jay Bouwmeester  Interference against  Tanner Glass
14:06
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Game misconduct against  Keith Ballard
14:06
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Cross checking (maj) against  Keith Ballard
20:00
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Hi-sticking against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
07:32
VAN
Keith Ballard  Hi-sticking against  David Moss
11:05
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hooking against  Alexandre Burrows
14:02
CGY
Mark Giordano  Holding the stick against  Alexander Edler
17:07
CGY
Tim Jackman  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
17:07
CGY
Tim Jackman  Roughing against  Kevin Bieksa
17:07
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Roughing against  Tim Jackman
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
SA: 20TOI: 59:50
Saves: 18EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 36TOI: 59:47
Saves: 29EV: 14 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 16
SV%: .806SH: 2 - 3