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Canucks 6, Flames 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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Canucks 6, Flames 2
Calgary Flames 2, Vancouver Canucks 6


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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Desperate to end a four-game slide and get back into the playoff picture, the Vancouver Canucks turned to their veterans.

And they certainly responded.

Captain Markus Naslund tied the game with 41 seconds left in the first period and former captain Trevor Linden broke it open with two goals 5 minutes apart early in the second period to lead Vancouver to a 6-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night.

"Our key veterans, our guys that are used to this pressure, to these high-stake games, are the ones that made the difference," Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said. "Those guys have got to come up and be difference makers in games, and tonight they stepped up and they got it done."

It was no coincidence, Vigneault added, that they did so from within a few feet from the net, starting with Naslund diving headfirst to knock in a loose puck.

"That's how you score the goals; you go to the tough areas," Vigneault said. "You've got to go there and a lot of times you've got to take a lot of abuse."

Matt Pettinger added another second-period goal, and Brad Isbister scored 52 seconds into the third as Vancouver snapped a four-game losing streak and regained control of its playoff destiny.

Sami Salo also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 27 saves for the Canucks, who moved one point ahead of ninth-place Nashville and two behind the seventh-place Flames.

All three teams have three games left in the regular season.

“We got to take it one game at a time; we know that if we take care of business we will be there at the end,” said Roberto Luongo. “We did a good job tonight and now we got to refocus tomorrow and get ready for the next one, we got three to go and it starts with the next one.”

"I don't think you're ever as good as you seem to be and I don't think you're as bad as you might be," Linden said of a recent slump that included blowing a two-goal lead in Calgary. "Maybe as bleak as things looked in certain games, you're not that far off. I think that was the case. It's so competitive night in and night out. Our guys were sound tonight and we have to build off it."

After fighting back from a pair of first-period deficits, Linden gave the Canucks their first lead 1:53 into the second. He was left alone in front to take Byron Ritchie's pass, pulling the puck to his forehand before lifting it over a sprawling Miikka Kiprusoff. Rookie Alexander Edler swept a loose puck off the goal line on a Calgary power play three minutes later, and Linden doubled the lead at 6:49 after a rebound bounced off Kiprusoff and onto his stick in front of an empty net.

It was the first two-goal game since Feb. 25, 2003, for Linden, a 19-year NHL veteran who has been a healthy scratch 23 times this season.

"It feels nice to contribute offensively in a big game," Linden said. "I didn't know what I was supposed to do. It's been a while since I was first star."

Linden's second goal finished off Kiprusoff, who was replaced by Curtis Joseph after giving up four goals on 13 shots.

"He was left defenseless," Calgary coach Mike Keenan said. "They run him over in the first period when (Naslund) scored the goal and knocked his facemask off, so if they're not going to protect him, I'm going to get him out of there at that point in the game, when it was pretty much decided."

3 STARS
Trevor Linden
Recorded two goals scoring back-to- back to give the Canucks the lead in the second period.
Markus Naslund
Turned in an inspired performance tucking home the tying goal late in the first.
Kevin Bieksa
Led all defencemen with a TOI of 25:01 and recorded 3 assists in the victory as a plus-2.

It was a tough night all around for the Flames, who started without top center Daymond Langkow after the death of his father-in-law, and lost second-line center Craig Conroy to a torso injury in the first period.

After losing at home to Edmonton the night before, Calgary jumped out to an early lead after Luongo came well out to challenge a shot from the right point and didn't get back to the other side to stop David Moss's deflection 1:13 in.

A penalty on Calgary for too many men allowed Salo to tie it on a point shot Kiprusoff never saw, but Vancouver gave that back with two straight penalties at the end of the period.

Matthew Lombardi, who replaced Langkow on the top line, scored on the second with 1:08 left, tapping in Jarome Iginla's pass with Luongo looking the wrong way trying to fish his stick out of the net after Iginla ran him over.

Naslund tied it again 27 seconds later, diving to poke in a loose puck sitting in the crease after Daniel Sedin's two-on-one shot trickled through Kiprusoff.

“It was important game for us as far as getting things back on track. It didn’t start the way we wanted but I thought our team showed a lot of resolve and our second goal I thought was big goal for us as far as sticking with what we had to do,” said Coach Alain Vigneault. “Trevor getting his two goals in the second period gave us the lead and we never looked back from there, so it was a pretty solid effort from the whole group tonight.”

Tonight's game marked Vancouver's 39th win of the season as well as defencemen Mike Weaver's first point of the year, and first as a Canuck.

I haven’t really thought about points as I’m the last guy to read the stat sheet. - Mike Weaver
“I don’t really look for points but it’s great to get it out of the way, its great to contribute especially when we needed some goals,” said Weaver. “Points are not my thing; my things are concentrating on getting the first pass out of the zone, and making it nice and crisp. And that’s what I’ve done all year,  I haven't really thought about points as I'm the last guy to read the stat sheet."

Notes: Langkow is expected to return for Tuesday night's game in Edmonton. ... Canucks D Mike Weaver recorded first point of the season on Linden's second goal. ... After traveling for their last 11 games, including a pair of one-game homestands, the Canucks close out the season with three more at home, including a rematch with the Flames on Saturday, the last game of the regular season for both teams.


scoring summary
1st Period
01:13
CGY
David Moss (3) ASST: Wayne Primeau (5), Cory Sarich (5)
1 - 0 CGY
11:54
VAN
PPG - Sami Salo (8) ASST: Henrik Sedin (59), Kevin Bieksa (7)
1 - 1 Tie
18:52
CGY
PPG - Matthew Lombardi (14) ASST: Jarome Iginla (45), Dion Phaneuf (41)
2 - 1 CGY
19:19
VAN
Markus Naslund (25) ASST: Daniel Sedin (44), Kevin Bieksa (8)
2 - 2 Tie
2nd Period
01:53
VAN
Trevor Linden (6) ASST: Byron Ritchie (8)
3 - 2 VAN
06:49
VAN
Trevor Linden (7) ASST: Mike Weaver (1), Henrik Sedin (60)
4 - 2 VAN
12:16
VAN
Matt Pettinger (6) ASST: Ryan Shannon (8), Taylor Pyatt (21)
5 - 2 VAN
3rd Period
00:52
VAN
Brad Isbister (6) ASST: Ryan Kesler (15), Kevin Bieksa (9)
6 - 2 VAN
penalty summary
1st Period
07:18
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Brad Isbister
07:18
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Jarome Iginla
07:18
VAN
Brad Isbister  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
07:18
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Roughing against  Matthew Lombardi
07:18
CGY
Matthew Lombardi  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
07:18
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
07:18
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Brad Isbister
08:56
VAN
Henrik Sedin  Hooking against  Robyn Regehr
10:21
CGY
Wayne Primeau  Too many men/ice - bench
12:40
CGY
Dustin Boyd  Hi-sticking against  Alexandre Burrows
16:17
VAN
Alexander Edler  Holding against  Wayne Primeau
18:23
VAN
Byron Ritchie  Slashing against  Anders Eriksson
2nd Period
04:20
VAN
Sami Salo  Tripping against  Dustin Boyd
07:31
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Elbowing against  Ryan Kesler
15:33
VAN
Taylor Pyatt  Hooking against  Robyn Regehr
3rd Period
02:16
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Willie Mitchell
04:40
CGY
Cory Sarich  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
05:08
VAN
Sami Salo  Holding against  Wayne Primeau
06:59
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Henrik Sedin
06:59
CGY
Cory Sarich  Roughing against  Henrik Sedin
06:59
CGY
Cory Sarich  Misconduct (10 min)
07:40
VAN
Trevor Linden  Hooking against  Anders Eriksson
17:11
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Cross checking against  Jarome Iginla
17:11
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
17:11
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Roughing against  Alexandre Burrows
17:11
CGY
Jarome Iginla  Misconduct (10 min)
17:11
VAN
Alexandre Burrows  Misconduct (10 min)
19:14
CGY
Jim Vandermeer  Cross checking against  Byron Ritchie
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
Curtis Joseph
SA: 20TOI: 33:11
Saves: 18EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .900SH: 2 - 2
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
SA: 13TOI: 26:46
Saves: 9EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .692SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 29TOI: 59:52
Saves: 27EV: 17 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .931SH: 5 - 5