Vancouver
Canucks
39-33-10
Calgary
Flames
42-30-10

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game recap

Canucks 3, Flames 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:48 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 3, Flames 2
Vancouver Canucks 3, Calgary Flames 2

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -A rare offensive contribution from Vancouver's fourth line turned out to be the difference Thursday night.

Byron Ritchie and Alex Burrows scored 16 seconds apart as the Canucks built up a 3-0 lead and then withstood a furious Calgary rally in the third period to hang on for a 3-2 victory over the Flames.

"It's a great feeling," said Ritchie, whose first goal of the season comes against his former team of the past two seasons. "We know we have to chip in more often then we have. It was nice to do that tonight and help the team."

Scoreless after the first period, Vancouver took control in the second, scoring three times in less than six minutes.

Brendan Morrison opened the scoring on a power play at 2:32, neatly completing a tic-tac-toe passing play with Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

Ritchie put Vancouver ahead 2-0 at 7:58 on a harmless-looking wrist shot from a bad angle that Miikka Kiprusoff mishandled.

Just 16 seconds later, Calgary defenseman David Hale gave the puck away to Trevor Linden in front of the Flames' net. Linden then knocked it over to Burrows, who backhanded it into the low corner.

"We won two big games on the road in two hard buildings to win in," said Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo, who made 36 saves.

Anders Eriksson and Owen Nolan scored for Calgary (6-7-3), which has lost four in a row.

"We're beating ourselves," said Eriksson. "We're not playing until we get our backs pushed up against the wall and we have nowhere to go, then we start playing the way we can."

Adding to the Flames' misery was the loss of Daymond Langkow. The center was knocked out of the game halfway through the second period, after he smashed his head into the glass on a check by Vancouver's Matt Cooke, who was penalized for boarding.

Notes: Calgary D Rhett Warrener (throat ailment) missed his third game in a row. ... Jarome Iginla has no goals in his last eight games versus Vancouver. ... Kiprusoff, New York's Henrik Lundqvist and San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov are the only three goalies that have started every one of their team's games.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
02:32
VAN
PPG - Brendan Morrison (6) ASST: Daniel Sedin (8), Henrik Sedin (11)
1 - 0 VAN
07:58
VAN
Byron Ritchie (1) ASST: Willie Mitchell (2), Aaron Miller (1)
2 - 0 VAN
08:14
VAN
Alexandre Burrows (2) ASST: Trevor Linden (2)
3 - 0 VAN
3rd Period
09:44
CGY
PPG - Anders Eriksson (1) ASST: Kristian Huselius (7), Jarome Iginla (13)
3 - 1 VAN
10:17
CGY
Owen Nolan (1) ASST: Dion Phaneuf (7), Matthew Lombardi (5)
3 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
03:27
CGY
Cory Sarich  Tripping against  Ryan Kesler
13:16
VAN
Markus Naslund  Hooking against  Craig Conroy
2nd Period
00:49
CGY
Craig Conroy  Holding against  Daniel Sedin
04:34
CGY
Owen Nolan  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
09:16
VAN
Matt Cooke  Boarding against  Daymond Langkow
09:16
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Fighting (maj) against  Dion Phaneuf
09:16
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Fighting (maj) against  Mattias Ohlund
09:16
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Mattias Ohlund
09:25
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Hooking against  Henrik Sedin
09:25
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Robyn Regehr
14:44
CGY
Alex Tanguay  Holding the stick against  Markus Naslund
19:06
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Holding against  Craig Conroy
3rd Period
02:31
VAN
Jannik Hansen  Tripping against  Dion Phaneuf
06:48
VAN
Mike Weaver  Holding against  David Moss
09:11
VAN
Mattias Ohlund  Holding against  Kristian Huselius
10:47
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Interference against  Brad Isbister
goalie stats
Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo
SA: 38TOI: 59:52
Saves: 36EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 12 - 13
SV%: .947SH: 5 - 5
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 24TOI: 59:08
Saves: 21EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1