Calgary finally found a way to beat divisional rivals Vancouver at the ‘Dome for the first time this season. In the fifth of eight games against the Canucks, Calgary needs to win the next three to tie the head-to-head record. Another low scoring affair saw Calgary come out hard for most of the game although they went down first off of Vancouver’s first shot on a broken 3-2 break.
Kiprusoff had his usual ‘ever other game’ on night, and along with stellar penalty killers, the Flames earned their victory. Nolan and Kristian Huselius scored to earn the Flames (19-14-7) their second consecutive win.
The Flames shut out the Vancouver power play in four chances, which Kiprusoff said was one of the keys to the victory.
Although the Flames came out hitting in the first they didn’t register a shot until 10 minutes in. However, during the ensuing PP Calgary tied the game when Nolan took a cross-crease pass from Langkow and roofed a shot past Luongo from a tough angle.
With 1:05 left in the second, Langkow kicked a rebound to the side of the net where Huselius was waiting to bury it behind Luongo.
Kiprusoff then stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period to preserve the victory for Calgary and improve his record to 19-12-7.
Next up: New York Weds at home and then San Jose Thursday in SJ. Godard suited up today again and the team won. Yelle replaced Primeau too.