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Flames 3, Canucks 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 1:49 AM

Associated Press

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

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -Calgary Flames forward Jamie Lundmark had a couple of unique scouting advantages on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.

For starters, Lundmark has spent most of the season with the Flames' American Hockey League affiliate in nearby Abbotsford, where he is inundated with coverage of the Canucks.

Add in insight from new Calgary goalie coach Jamie McLennan, who backed up and befriended Luongo with the Florida Panthers, and Lundmark knew exactly what he wanted to do.

After tying it midway through the second period, Lundmark scored the winning shootout goal by skating in slowly on Luongo before lifting a backhander over his blocker to give the Flames a 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Saturday night.

"Being in Abbotsford, the Canucks games are on all the time so you pick a little up and do a little bit of scouting," said Lundmark, who was called up Friday. "Our goalie coach does some scouting for us here, too, so I talked to him before the game and asked him to do on shootouts. So I had a plan going in, and it worked."

Nigel Dawes and Olli Jokinen also scored in the shootout for the Flames, but so did Vancouver's Kyle Wellwood and Mason Raymond. That set the stage for Lundmark to win it.

"I was going a little slower than I wanted but I wanted to just fake shot, make a move and go backhand and it worked," said Lundmark, who banged a bouncing puck in off a defender's leg to tie the game.

Rene Bourque also scored in regulation to help the Flames move into first place in the Northwest Division, one point ahead of Vancouver and Colorado.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 19 shots in regulation and overtime, and made the only save of the shootout by turning away Ryan Kesler's low shot as the Flames snapped a two-game losing skid. According to Calgary coach Brent Sutter, Kiprusoff was being distracted by a laser pointer throughout the game.

"We could see it shining on his mask the whole night," Sutter said. "It was brought to the attention of the refs and security, and it's hard to believe that can go on for 60 minutes in a hockey game and it's not located."

Daniel Sedin and Mikael Samuelsson scored in regulation for the Canucks, who lost for just the second time in nine games (7-0-2). Roberto Luongo made 38 saves before being beaten on all three shots in the shootout.

"We're disappointed with the loss obviously, but we found a way to get it to overtime," Luongo said. "So the game was right there for us.

The Flames were coming off a 3-2 home-ice loss to Columbus on Friday night that left Sutter seething, and playing their fourth game in five nights. But with the Northwest Division lead on the line, Calgary outshot Vancouver 14-5 in the first period, 26-11 through 40 minutes, and 40-21 overall.

Three Stars
Jamie Lundmark

Scored once in regulation, and again in shootout to hand the Flames the division title. Logged just 18:34 of ice time but managed to make a mark on the game for the Flames.
1 Goal, 0 Assists, -1, 2 Shots, 1 shootout goal

Roberto Luongo

Stopped 38 pucks in the face of near constant pressure from aggressive Flames forwards who camped in his crease all night. Zero for three in the shootout.
38 saves, 3 for 3 in the penalty kill

Rene Bourque

Scored just the one goal and had four hits. The flames dominated with an aggressive team forecheck and Bourque was the best of the bunch putting on-going offensive pressure on the Canucks.
1 Goal, 0 Assists, 5 shots

"It was important to get our game back to where we like after not playing up to our standards," Sutter said. "We played with an energy level I like to see."

The Canucks, already missing top-four defenseman Kevin Bieksa, lost blue-liners Sami Salo and Aaron Rome on Thursday night during a 4-0 win over Phoenix. That forced them to dress rookie Evan Oberg for his first NHL game and veteran Brad Lukowich for his first game with Vancouver after spending the entire season in the AHL.

Calgary took advantage of the defensive shake-up with several early odd-man chances. Bourque, who was robbed by Luongo on an early power play, beat him high on a partial breakaway to open the scoring midway through the first period.

But the Flames couldn't extend the lead. Olli Jokinen hit the post, and Jarome Iginla was stopped on a 2-on-1 before Samuelsson tied with 5:51 left in the first. Mason Raymond, who hit the post on an early 2-on-1, had his wraparound go off a defenseman's skate right to Samuelsson in the slot for an easy goal.

Daniel Sedin put the Canucks ahead after a pretty pass from twin brother Henrik 4:41 into the second period.

Lundmark tied it 5 minutes later.

"It's good to contribute anytime I'm up," Lundmark said.

NOTES: Henrik Sedin's assist extended his point streak to nine games (5 goals, 13 assists) and increased his NHL-best total to 62. Samuelsson has a seven-game points streak (5 goals, 7 points) since reacting angrily to being left off the Swedish Olympic team. ... Canucks forward Alex Burrows failed in his bid to become the first NHL player to score three goals in three straight games, but extended his point streak to five games with an assist. ... Salo, whose eye was swollen shut after getting clipped by a teammate's stick, isn't expected to be out long.


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scoring summary
1st Period
09:36
CGY
Rene Bourque (16) ASST: Cory Sarich (3), Daymond Langkow (18)
1 - 0 CGY
14:09
VAN
Mikael Samuelsson (15) ASST: Mason Raymond (14), Ryan Kesler (29)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
04:41
VAN
Daniel Sedin (12) ASST: Henrik Sedin (42), Alexandre Burrows (18)
2 - 1 VAN
09:54
CGY
Jamie Lundmark (2) ASST: Olli Jokinen (21)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDVANCGY
1K. WellwoodN. Dawes
2R. KeslerO. Jokinen
3M. RaymondJ. Lundmark
penalty summary
1st Period
00:45
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Elbowing against  David Moss
14:26
CGY
Robyn Regehr  Tripping against  Daniel Sedin
17:21
CGY
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Rypien
17:21
VAN
Rick Rypien  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
2nd Period
09:50
CGY
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Rick Rypien
09:50
VAN
Rick Rypien  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
12:08
VAN
Shane O'Brien  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
15:34
CGY
Dion Phaneuf  Roughing against  Ryan Kesler
15:34
VAN
Ryan Kesler  Roughing against  Dion Phaneuf
17:03
CGY
Mark Giordano  Slashing against  Alexandre Burrows
20:00
CGY
Mark Giordano  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mason Raymond
20:00
VAN
Mason Raymond  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mark Giordano
3rd Period
07:17
VAN
Tanner Glass  Boarding against  Nigel Dawes
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Miikka Kiprusoff
Miikka Kiprusoff
23-11-5
SA: 21TOI: 65:00
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .905SH: 0 - 0
Roberto Luongo
SA: 40TOI: 64:57
Saves: 38EV: 36 - 38
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .950SH: 0 - 0