VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Jarome Iginla scored the winning goal,
but goalie Roman Turek won the game for Calgary.
Iginla broke a tie just 28 seconds into the third period and Turek made 13
of his 32 saves in the final period as the Flames rallied to beat the Vancouver
Canucks 3-2 on Wednesday night.
``He won that game for us,'' Iginla said of Turek.
Turek preserved the victory with a sliding glove save off Brendan Morrison
from close range on a power play with 2:22 to play. But it was his desperation
stop on Todd Bertuzzi that changed the game around late in the first period.
With Vancouver already leading 2-0, Turek sprawled across the crease to get
his stick on Bertuzzi's rebound chance. Toni Lydman cleared the loose puck out
of the Calgary crease and Conroy scored at the other end 10 seconds later.
``It could have been 3-0, but he made that save and we went right back, and
that was a huge momentum turner,'' Iginla said.
Chuck Kobasew tied the game on a power play in the second period and Iginla
added the winner early in the third. The Flames moved into a fifth-place tie
with Dallas in the Western Conference.
Sami Salo and Jarkko Ruutu scored for the Canucks, who remained two points
behind Colorado and Detroit for first place in the Western Conference.
``We probably got what we deserved tonight,'' said Canucks coach Marc
Crawford. ``Hopefully we can take a night like this and chalk it up to
experience. We've still got some growing to do and some maturing to do as a
With 26 games left, Calgary is poised to end its seven-year playoff drought
_ the longest active streak in the NHL.
``We got a lot of games left, but I think we are in the best position we
have been the last seven years,'' said Turek, who was also at his best.
The win was just his fourth in 10 starts since returning from a knee injury
that sidelined him for most of the first three months of the season. It came
after being booed regularly by Calgary fans since his return.
``I think that was one of my best performances so far,'' said Turek.
Iginla's performance was just one of several stellar showings lately. The
Flames' captain, who also assisted on Craig Conroy's goal in the first period,
skated out of the corner and wired a low wrist shot that beat Dan Cloutier to
the short side and bounced in off the post.
Iginla also scored twice in Calgary's 5-2 victory over Atlanta one night
earlier and has eight of his team-best 27 goals in the last six games. He is
fourth in NHL goals, four behind Columbus' Rick Nash and three behind Canucks
captain Markus Naslund.
``That's a goal that the Jarome Iginlas and Markus Naslunds score. Bottom
line: It was a great play,'' Calgary coach Darryl Sutter. ``He's learning and
he's come a long way in terms of showing his teammates how to win.''
Vancouver jumped to a 2-0 lead after Calgary ran into penalty trouble midway
through the first period.
Dean McAmmond received four minutes _ two for interference and another two
after arguing the call _ and Rhett Warrener was whistled for slashing Todd
Bertuzzi in front of the net. That gave Vancouver a two-man advantage for a
full two minutes.
Salo sent a one-timer past Turek from the point at 11:40 and Ruutu's shot
from the edge of the crease bounced up and over Turek just as the last penalty
``You can t give Vancouver a 5-on-3 for that long,'' Iginla said.
Cloutier finished with 26 saves, including a great pad save off Martin
Gelinas after he came out of the penalty box and skated in on a breakaway.