GAME AT A GLANCE
CALGARY — After a rough first period that saw two Canucks goals in a span of 12 seconds, the Flames rebounded and scored three unanswered goals to win the game and sole possession of the Northwest Division. Jarome Iginla
got the Flames on the scoreboard early in the second period. Adrian Aucoin’s shot from the blue-line was stopped by Roberto Luongo but Daymond Langkow picked up the rebound and tapped it across the crease to a waiting Iginla. His 49th of the season came at 2:11.
The third period saw the Canucks get caught up in penalty trouble. After being called for too many men on the ice, Taylor Pyatt took down Iginla and was sent to the box for hooking. The first five-on-three didn’t result in any goals but shortly after the initial penalty expired, Alex Burrows knocked the net off its moorings and gave the Flames another five-on-three power play.
The two-man advantage didn’t last for long. Daymond Langkow put home his 29th of the season with a tip-in from Alex Tanguay
. With Flames swarming the net, Tanguay slid the puck right through to Langkow, who was waiting right in front of the net. The goal came just 21 seconds into the five-on-three power play, at 10:46.
“It’s such a tough play for the goaltender. I’ve got the puck and I’ve got different options. I don’t think he had much of chance to react to it,” said Tanguay.
Dion Phaneuf scored the game winner 41 seconds later, taking a stretch pass from Adrian Aucoin and blasting it over Luongo’s shoulder. The Canucks were in the middle of a line change at the time, giving Phaneuf just enough time and space to get in the zone and shoot. After the game, Phaneuf said that he knew where he wanted to put the puck when he received the quick pass.
“I tried to beat him up top, he came out and luckily I got it up over him,” said Phaneuf.
The Pengrowth Saddledome exploded into cheers after the go-ahead goal and Phaneuf credited the fans for being a motivator.
“We’ve got some of the best fans in the league and for them to cheer the way they do and as loud as they get, it’s great support and we’re very lucky to have it.”
The first period wasn’t as kind to the Flames as the following two. They were outshot 21-7, the most shots they’ve given up in a period all season, and gave up two goals. The Canucks dominated the period and after the first 20 minutes had finished, it looked like Vancouver were going to have another win in the season series.
Iginla said that the team was too tentative in the first frame but thought the team rebounded well after several big penalty kills at the end of the first period.
“We got some big kills to give ourselves a chance to stick with it. We were on the body and we just kept coming.”
The only fight of the night came just five seconds into the game. Jim Vandermeer was put on the point for the third game in a row and dropped the gloves with Taylor Pyatt as soon as the puck dropped. The fight was long and both men landed several hard shots before being pulled apart.
The Flames meet the Canucks once more this season, on April 5th, in Vancouver.