Flames 3, Canucks 2

Associated Press | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:49 AM

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - 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."

Notes: Aliu, born in Nigeria, drew the starting assignment for the Flames on a line with Cammalleri and Matt Stajan. ... It was the first time this season that the Canucks have lost when leading heading into the third period. Vancouver dropped to 31-1-2 when lead after two periods.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:36VAN SHG - Alexandre Burrows (28) ASST: Dan Hamhuis (32) 1 - 0 VAN
2nd Period
3rd Period
01:27CGY Michael Cammalleri (19) ASST: Jay Bouwmeester (23), Akim Aliu (1) 1 - 1 Tie
09:02CGY Curtis Glencross (26) ASST: NONE 2 - 1 CGY
16:23CGY Michael Cammalleri (20) ASST: Lee Stempniak (14), Mark Giordano (18) 3 - 1 CGY
16:49VAN Jannik Hansen (16) ASST: Kevin Bieksa (35), Dan Hamhuis (33) 3 - 2 CGY
Three Stars of the Game
Michael Cammalleri
Michael Cammalleri
G: 2Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:10
Alexandre Burrows
Alexandre Burrows
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 21:24
Cory Sarich
Cory Sarich
G: 0Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 0PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 17:34
Penalty Summary
1st Period
04:25VAN Samuel Pahlsson  Tripping against  Akim Aliu
10:39CGY Tim Jackman  Holding against  Henrik Sedin
12:16CGY Lance Bouma  Slashing against  Dan Hamhuis
2nd Period
06:59VAN Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Curtis Glencross
08:59VAN Maxim Lapierre  Hooking against  Curtis Glencross
09:31CGY Mark Giordano  Slashing against  Ryan Kesler
16:39CGY Jarome Iginla  Cross checking against  Ryan Kesler
18:40CGY Matt Stajan  Cross checking against  Kevin Bieksa
3rd Period
07:26VAN Maxim Lapierre  Roughing against  Akim Aliu
07:26CGY Akim Aliu  Roughing against  Maxim Lapierre
10:44VAN Kevin Bieksa  Hooking against  Tim Jackman
11:40CGY Curtis Glencross  Roughing against  Samuel Pahlsson
11:40VAN Samuel Pahlsson  Roughing against  Curtis Glencross
18:26CGY Blake Comeau  Tripping against  Jannik Hansen
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/60/4
Faceoff Wins2826
Blocked Shots911
Penalty Minutes1216
2D. HamhuisD0212024:57
3K. BieksaD0102224:23
5M. GragnaniD00-20012:18
6S. SaloD0012020:31
7D. BoothL0002014:48
14A. BurrowsR10-13021:24
17R. KeslerC0016020:24
20C. HigginsL0002015:15
21M. RaymondL0000011:14
23A. EdlerD00-21025:39
25A. EbbettC0001011:14
26S. PahlssonC0003412:46
29A. RomeD0000012:09
32D. WeiseR000107:17
33H. SedinC00-23220:27
34B. BitzR0000010:30
36J. HansenR1004013:35
40M. LapierreC00-12412:28
35C. Schneider2528.89358:41
4J. BouwmeesterD0100025:50
5M. GiordanoD0114225:37
6C. SarichD0021017:34
10B. ComeauL0002213:13
12J. IginlaR00-11216:43
13O. JokinenC00-12014:04
15T. JackmanR00-1028:48
16T. KostopoulosR00-12012:09
18M. StajanC0024217:14
19B. JonesC0011019:23
20C. GlencrossL1003217:36
22L. StempniakR0112012:25
23S. HannanD0000017:18
29A. AliuR0110210:34
33A. BabchukD00-10014:12
44C. ButlerD0002017:28
57L. BoumaC00-11211:08
93M. CammalleriL2023015:10
34M. Kiprusoff3234.94160:00