Kiprusoff, Flames stymie Canucks

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CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- Miikka Kiprusoff made 17 saves and

helped the Calgary Flames extend their winning streak to three

games with a 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.

Daymond Langkow scored a power-play goal, while David Moss and

Matthew Lombardi also tallied for the Flames, who swept their

home-and-home series with the Canucks and won for the fifth time

in six contests.

Calgary handed Vancouver its first regulation loss in 11

contests with a 4-3 win on Thursday.

"These division games are always huge," Moss said. "And in the

Northwest, things are so close and there is such an emphasis on

(getting points). We played hard tonight."

Kiprusoff was denied of his third shutout of the season when

Kyle Wellwood cut Vancouver's deficit to 2-1 with his ninth

tally of the season midway through the third period.

Recalled from Manitoba of the American Hockey League on November

22, Corey Schneider turned aside 28 shots in his NHL debut for

the Canucks, who fell to 1-2-0 in three contests without injured

netminder Roberto Luongo.

"It was great to get the first one under my belt," Schneider

said. "I didn't get my back leg down (on the second goal), and

tried to slide across. It's probably one I would like to have

back. But it didn't turn out the way we wanted."

Calgary was staked to a 1-0 lead when Langkow converted passes

from defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Todd Bertuzzi by firing a wrist

shot from the slot past Schneider with 39 seconds left in the


Moss added to Calgary's lead 6:11 into the third, unleashing a

wrister from the left faceoff circle.

"I thought (Schneider) played solid and kept us in the game, but

they took over the in second period," Vancouver coach Alain

Vigneault said. "I thought he gave us a chance to win. That

second goal I am sure he would like to have back.

"The power play is not working, that's pretty obvious, and we're

going to have to regroup on that. Give Calgary the credit on

that, they played hard."

Moss has recorded points in three of his last four games.

"Right now (Moss) has a pace to his game," Calgary coach Mike

Keenan said. "He was playing with Langkow and Bertuzzi tonight

and the team is coming together well defensively and they're

gaining some confidence offensively."

However, Vancouver halved its deficit when Jannik Hansen slid a

backhanded cross-crease pass to Wellwood, who wristed the puck

over the shoulder of Kirprusoff 5 1/2 minutes later.

Lombardi secured the victory with his second goal of the season

off a pass from captain Jarome Iginla with 82 seconds remaining

in the game.

"I thought we got better as the game went along," Calgary

defenseman Robyn Regehr said. "We had some missed opportunities

later and it was good to see that we capitalized on the

opportunities at the end of the second period."


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