VANCOUVER, BC. -- With nothing on the line for the Calgary Flames and the scoring title in reach for Canucks Henrik Sedin, tonight's tilt was an emotional one. The Canucks pulled out all the stops tonight to give Henrik the push that might earn him one of the most exciting trophies ever. The Canucks responded to the electric crowd as they chanted "MVP MVP" all night long.
It didn't take long for the Canucks to get on the scoreboard as Rick Rypien fired one past Kiprusoff just 3:39 into the opening frame. It was then Kevin Bieksa getting on the board just four minutes and five seconds later making it a quick 2-0 game and handing Henrik Sedin his 109th point to tie Alex Ovechkin for the scoring title.
At 9:43, just 119 seconds later, Daniel Sedin added a third goal to the scoreboard handing his brother Henrik his second assist of the night to pass Ovechkin's total. At the other end, the Flames did not want to go to the dressing room down three goals- less than four minutes later, Niklas Hagman put the Flames on the board. He tossed one past Luongo giving the Flames some life.SECOND PERIOD
Hagman carried what momentum he gave the Flames at the end of the first into the second period and made it a 3-2 game in a hurry. Hagman picked up his 25th at 3:51 into the frame, silencing the fans and making it interesting. Matt Stajan
picked up his second assist of the game on the goal.
Ryan Kesler would answer back for the Canucks tallying his 25th on the year. Kesler picked up a nice deflection goal on Mason Raymond's shot to make it 4-2 Vancouver after 40 minutes.THIRD PERIOD
Daniel Sedin was the third period hero tonight stepping up for his brother Henrik. Daniel scored the Canucks fifth and sixth goals 20 seconds apart at 3:27 and 3:47 into the final frame giving Vancouver a 6-2 lead.
Daniel's hat-trick goal was the highlight reel goal and the turning point for the Calgary Flames. Daniel, alone in front of the net, dropped the puck through his legs and snapped one past a stunned Kiprusoff. Toskala would then step in to replaced Kiprusoff in net after the Canucks sixth of the night.
With under three to play in the Flames final game of their 2009-2010 season, Rene Bourque gave the Flames one last goal to make it 6-3 Canucks. Just when we all thought it was over, Kevin Bieksa got the last laugh, scoring just 28 seconds after Bourque.
Count 'em up.....10 goals is how this one would end and unfortunately for the Flames season, they did not finish on a winning note. They packed their bags on the regular season and head home to wrap things up in Calgary.
|GAME WINNER |
|Ryan Kesler picked up his 25th of the season at 6:17 of the second period. Kesler deflected the puck in front of the net from a Mason Raymond shot making it 4-2 Vancouver. |
|TURNING POINT |
|The Vancouver Canucks came out hard in the third period holding a 4-2 lead over the Flames but were not finished yet. Just 3:27 into the final frame, Daniel banked his second goal of the game handing his brother Henrik his third point of the game. 20 seconds later, Daniel yet again with a fancy highlight reel goal through his own legs and through the legs of Kiprusoff for a hat-trick night was the goal that opened the flood gates and put the Flames out of reach. Toskala stepped in to replace Kipper. |
|GAME NOTES-ROSTERS |
|Sitting out for Calgary was D Adam Pardy, F Brian McGrattan, F Christopher Higgins, F Curtis Glencross and F Daymond Langkow. The Canucks scratched Michael Grabner, Sami Salo, Shane O'Brien, Aaron Rome, Darcy Hordichuk and Tanner Glass. |
|TONIGHT'S DIGITS |
|83 - Ian White is dressing in his 83rd game of the season.....interesting. |
8- Daniel Sedin has eight game winning goals this season and has 44 career GWG only trailing Markus Naslund (49) in franchise history.
90- First time in franchise history that the Flames have 90 points and 40 wins and have missed the playoffs.
423 - Jay Bouwmeester holds the longest current ironman streak in the NHL at 423 games.
111- Henrik Sedin passes Pavel Bure for most points in Canucks history.
18:05- Henrik Sedin played 18:05 minutes after 40 minutes of play- the most on Canucks roster.
|"They were reving up and it's hard to see them getting excited. They were charged up and the Sedin's were flying trying to win that scoring title. They were very good and we weren't. It's a difficult end to a difficult season." - Jarome Iginla. |
"I expected a little bit more for the front of that jersey. That jersey means everything. A lot of guys didn't play very well tonight. Only one guy came ready to go tonight"- Coach Brent Sutter.
"I feel bad, every shot he had was a good scoring chance. One thing about Miikka, he lets it roll off his back nothing bothers him. If it were me I'd be mad but with him, he just takes it in stride."- Craig Conroy.
|HARDEST WORKING FLAMES |
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|Niklas Hagman |
With a pair of goals and 7 shots on net in 14:59 minutes of play.
| ||Rene Bourque |
Picked up the Flames third goal of the game late in the third and had seven shots on net.
| ||Matt Stajan |
Two assists tonight and three blocked shots in 16:08 minutes of play.
Author: Kristi Hennessy