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game recap

Flames 3, Canucks 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:15 AM

- CalgaryFlames.com

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Flames 3, Canucks 2
Vancouver Canucks 2, Calgary Flames 3
Three Stars of the Game
Mike Cammalleri
1st
Mike Cammalleri
C
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:10
Alexandre Burrows
2nd
Alexandre Burrows
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 21:24
Cory Sarich
3rd
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:34

CALGARY, AB --   Michael Cammalleri and the Calgary Flames took a meaningless game against the Vancouver Canucks very seriously.

"Regardless of the lack of implications in the standings, it's like anything that a competitive person does whether you're playing a ping pong game or anything else," Cammalleri said. "It's just you like to win and you like to win against your rivals."

Cammalleri scored twice in the third period in the Flames' 3-2 comeback victory Thursday night to reach the 20-goal plateau for the fifth time in his 10-year NHL career.

"Tonight you got the fans that kind said, `We're with you no matter what,' and the die-hards really came out," said Cammalleri, noting that he also saw a large number of Vancouver fans in the stands. "Actually, you could sense the atmosphere. It was more of an upbeat atmosphere. These fans were awesome tonight. They didn't get down on us. We were down and we were able to come back and win it for them."

Curtis Glencross also scored in the third period for the Flames.

Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen scored for Vancouver. The Canucks had their winning streak snapped at seven, and missed a chance to take a lead over the New York Rangers for the top spot in the overall standings. The Rangers lost 5-2 at Pittsburgh.

"It's definitely frustrating," Canucks goalie Cory Schneider said. "We could've gained some ground for first place, but we've had it taken out of our hands now."

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 32 shots for Calgary, and Schneider made 25 saves.

The Flames tied it at 1 at 1:27 of the third period when Cammalleri backhanded a rebound up and over Schneider. Jay Bouwmeester took the initial shot on goal from the point. Akim Aliu also drew an assist on the goal in his first NHL game.

"It doesn't mean much in the standings for us, but it means a whole lot to me to show myself for next year," Aliu said.

Glencross then jumped on a turnover by Henrik Sedin in the slot and wired a shot past Schneider for his 26th goal and first in 12 games. Cammalleri added his 20th with 3:37 to go.

"They came hard in the third and they put pucks towards the net and got second chances," Schneider said. "It's uncharacteristic of us to give up a lead like that. I've got to make a couple more saves."

Just 26 seconds later, Hansen scored to pull the Canucks to within a goal.

Burrows opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 4:36 of the first. He has 28 goals.

"Obviously, at 1-0 we had some opportunities to get the second goal and we didn't," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "That power play had the opportunity to score for us. It didn't. Sometimes that happens. We'll just have to start another streak."

scoring summary
1st Period
04:36
VAN
SHG - Alexandre Burrows (28) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (32)
1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
01:27
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (19) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (23), Akim Aliu (1)
1 - 1 Tie
09:02
CGY
Curtis Glencross (26) ASST: NONE
2 - 1 CGY
16:23
CGY
Mike Cammalleri (20) ASST: Lee Stempniak (14), Mark Giordano (18)
3 - 1 CGY
16:49
VAN
Jannik Hansen (16) ASST: Kevin Bieksa (35), Dan Hamhuis (33)
3 - 2 CGY
penalty summary
1st Period
04:25
VAN
Samuel Pahlsson  Tripping against  Akim Aliu
10:39
CGY
Tim Jackman  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
12:16
CGY
Lance Bouma  Slashing against  Dan Hamhuis
2nd Period
06:59
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Curtis Glencross
08:59
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Hooking against  Curtis Glencross
09:31
CGY
Mark Giordano  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
16:39
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Cross checking against  Ryan Kesler
18:40
CGY
Matt Stajan  Cross checking against  Kevin Bieksa
3rd Period
07:26
VAN
Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Akim Aliu
07:26
CGY
Akim Aliu  Roughing against  Maxim Lapierre
10:44
VAN
Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Tim Jackman
11:40
CGY
Curtis Glencross  Roughing against  Samuel Pahlsson
11:40
VAN
Samuel Pahlsson  Roughing against  Curtis Glencross
18:26
CGY
Blake Comeau  Tripping against  Jannik Hansen
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
Cory Schneider
20-8-1
SA: 28TOI: 58:41
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 34TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .941SH: 1 - 2