Vancouver
Canucks
42-32-8
Calgary
Flames
46-25-11

22 SOG
31 SOG
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game recap

Canucks 2, Flames 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 2, Flames 1
Vancouver Canucks 2, Calgary Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Crippled by an injury-riddled defense and a jet-lagged offense, the Vancouver Canucks showed their resiliency.

Markus Naslund and Anson Carter scored second-period goals nine seconds apart to lead the Canucks to a 2-1 win over Calgary on Tuesday night, moving Vancouver into a tie with the Flames atop the Northwest Division.

Calgary led 1-0 and seemed to be controlling the play when the complexion of the contest quickly changed.

At 18:20, Steve McCarthy's pass to Brendan Morrison at the Flames blue-line caught Calgary on a line change. Morrison then chipped the puck to Naslund, who broke in alone and fired a high shot past Miikka Kiprusoff.

"Auld (Vancouver goalie Alex Auld) was yelling at me to throw the puck up and I just turned my head before I got it and passed it up to Mo," said McCarthy. "I've certainly been on the other end when you're tired and you're trying to get off the ice.

"It was a great play by Alex to communicate."

Just nine seconds later, Bryan Allen and Olympic goal medalist Daniel Sedin combined to spring Anton Carter for his 22nd of the season. Carter beat Kiprusoff with a shot from the top of the faceoff circle.

That's all the offense Vancouver needed as Auld stopped 30 shots to improve to 26-16-3.

"We weren't initially supposed to be up but after Naslund scored, our line usually does a pretty good job of applying pressure on our shifts and I think (coach Marc) Crawford wanted to maintain that pressure," said Carter.

Vancouver (34-21-5) has won three straight versus its division rival after losing the first four meetings of the season.

Robyn Regehr scored the lone goal for Calgary (33-18-7).

"I don't know if we were waiting around for the usual suspects to try and get us going or what," Regehr said. "But winning games for us is about being strong in our own zone, being physical, and having different guys step up and provide timely offence for us and that didn't happen tonight."

Fresh from Sweden's gold medal victory over Finland on Sunday, the weary Sedin twins flew 12 hours to get from Stockholm to Calgary, arriving less than four hours before the opening faceoff.

Daniel Sedin said they kept their shifts short.

"We had to, we were dying out there," he said. "I got tired more quickly than usual but it was a great win and it feels great to be back."

Auld was busiest in the second stopping all 14 shots he faced as Vancouver took the lead despite being outshot 14-7.

"One of those games where we had a chance to go up two goals but just didn't do it," said Calgary forward Darren McCarty. "We had shots and chances but our urgency in front of the net just wasn't good enough."

Vancouver's defense was missing four regulars with Sami Salo (shoulder) and Mattias Ohlund (ribs) joining Ed Jovanovski (groin) and Nolan Baumgartner (ankle) on the sidelines.

Among those playing defense were Tomas Mojzis and Sven Butenschon, who both were recalled from Manitoba of the AHL on Monday.

"You go down the list and everyone stepped up and played beyond what they've been used to in terms of minutes and different situations," said Auld. "McCarthy was exceptional, Allen was great playing more of a defensive role, everyone played so well."

Kiprusoff stopped 20 shots to drop to 29-15-7.

Regehr opened the scoring on the power play at 8:53 of the first.

Notes: Calgary D Bryan Marchment was back in the lineup after missing 16 games with a knee injury. Marchment's return, along with the acquisition of D Cale Hulse from the Columbus Blue Jackets, resulted in the Flames returning D Mark Giordano back to Omaha (AHL). Recalled on Sunday, Giordano was only in town for two practices. ... Vancouver C Brendan Morrison has no goals in 12 games while Calgary LW Tony Amonte is scoreless in 13 games. ... Calgary's record against divisional opponents dropped to 14-6-2 while Vancouver's improved to 10-11-4.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:53
CGY
PPG - Robyn Regehr (5) ASST: Kristian Huselius (22), Jordan Leopold (12)
1 - 0 CGY
2nd Period
18:20
VAN
Markus Naslund (27) ASST: Brendan Morrison (31), Steve McCarthy (4)
1 - 1 Tie
18:29
VAN
Anson Carter (22) ASST: Daniel Sedin (36), Bryan Allen (10)
2 - 1 VAN
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:40
CGY
Chris Simon  Fighting against  Wade Brookbank
02:40
VAN
Wade Brookbank  Fighting against  Chris Simon
03:51
CGY
Bryan Marchment  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
07:24
VAN
Markus Naslund  Delay of game
10:43
CGY
Shean Donovan  Roughing against  Matt Cooke
11:43
VAN
Jarkko Ruutu  Charging against  Rhett Warrener
11:43
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Jarkko Ruutu
12:36
VAN
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference against  Andrew Ference
17:14
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Trevor Linden
17:51
CGY
Andrew Ference  Roughing against  Henrik Sedin
17:51
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Roughing against  Andrew Ference
2nd Period
00:46
VAN
Matt Cooke  Interference against  Andrew Ference
01:56
VAN
Steve McCarthy  Delaying Game - Puck over glass
03:12
CGY
Daymond Langkow  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Matt Cooke
03:39
VAN
Tomas Mojzis  Tripping against  Stephane Yelle
07:16
CGY
Rhett Warrener  Holding against  Jarkko Ruutu
12:10
CGY
Marcus Nilson  Hooking against  Anson Carter
14:32
CGY
Shean Donovan  Holding against  Steve McCarthy
20:00
CGY
Chris Simon  Roughing against  Jarkko Ruutu
3rd Period
06:39
VAN
Jarkko Ruutu  Charging against  Stephane Yelle
15:19
CGY
Darren McCarty  Roughing against  Anson Carter
15:19
VAN
Jarkko Ruutu  Interference against  Darren McCarty
15:58
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Hooking against  Ryan Kesler
goalie stats
Alex Auld
Alex Auld
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .968SH: 2 - 2
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 22TOI: 58:58
Saves: 20EV: 11 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1