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Vancouver Canucks 3, Calgary Flames 1 FINAL @NHLdotcom

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Markus Naslund and Alex Auld made sure the Vancouver Canucks regained some ground they lost in the Northwest Division.

Naslund scored the first of Vancouver's three second-period goals and Auld made 31 saves to lead the Canucks to a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

Coming off a 4-2 loss Friday night to Colorado, the Canucks regained their six-point lead over the Avalanche and extended their advantage over Calgary to eight points.

"This was a key game, especially after (Friday) night's performance," Naslund said. "It was important for us to come out and play the way we're supposed to, and we did that."

Auld had redemption on his mind after allowing six goals in a home loss to Edmonton last Saturday.

He stopped all 24 shots through two periods against Calgary, only allowing Chris Clark's goal in the third after the Canucks were already up 3-0.

"I felt pretty good in there and that's a byproduct of how well the guys played," said Auld, who improved to 2-1-1. "I was able to see most of the shots and they were mostly perimeter shots."

Naslund's goal at 6:04 of the second, his 20th, opened the scoring.

Flames goalie Jamie McLennan failed to control Ed Jovanovski's harmless looking wrist shot from along the boards. The puck bounded off his stick straight out front to a streaking Naslund, who made a quick cut to his forehand and tucked the puck in.

Magnus Arvedson and Brent Sopel scored later in the second for Vancouver.

It was Vancouver's third and final trip this season to Calgary, where the Canucks are 7-0-2 in their last nine trips.

The Flames are winless in three overall (0-2-1).

The difference for Calgary game may well have been a pair of missed breakaways for captain Jarome Iginla -- one coming on a first period penalty shot.

He was awarded his fourth career penalty shot when he was knocked down from behind by Brent Sopel while on a breakaway with 33 seconds remaining in the first.

As Iginla slowly moved toward the net during the penalty shot, his skates slipped out from under him as he tried to make a cut to the middle resulting in the puck harmlessly rolling off his stick.

"I wanted to go in a little bit slower to change it up," said Iginla, 0-4 on penalty shots. "I've tried to go in fast, I've tried some different things. I haven't tried everything because I haven't scored yet."

Iginla's second-period breakaway also came at a pivotal time with Vancouver leading 1-0 and on a power play. But as he came in alone, he fired over the end glass and into the safety net.

"I'll be thinking about those, no question," Iginla said.

Vancouver doubled its lead at 13:53 of the second on Arvedson's first goal in 26 games.

The game began with rugged Vancouver newcomer Wade Brookbank, making his Canucks debut, fighting Flames enforcer Krzysztof Oliwa. Brookbank threw a punch that knocked Oliwa to the ice.

"I'm hoping he is going to stick here because in certain games, there is need for an enforcer," Naslund said. "I haven't seen him play enough to know what type of player he is but obviously he's real tough."

The last time the teams met, Flames defenseman Denis Gauthier was suspended two games for a knee on Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo.

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