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Salo's OT goal gives Canucks second straight win over Flames

Dec 28, 2006 - 8:36 AM
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- When the Calgary Flames have turned up the offense of late, it usually resulted in a victory. Sami Salo made sure that trend came to an end.

Ryan Kesler tied the game with just over 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period and Salo netted the winning goal 2:46 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks completed a home-and-home sweep of the Flames with a 6-5 triumph.

Calgary entered Wednesday with a 4-4-0 mark over its previous eight games. While scoring just once in each of the four losses, the Flames netted at least five tallies in the victories. They again reached the five-goal mark in this one, overcoming a 4-2 deficit in the third period to take the lead but faltering in the end.

After Daymond Langkow's power-play goal with 4:47 to go in the third gave Calgary a 5-4 edge, Vancouver recovered from the outburst. With a scramble taking place in front of Miikka Kiprusoff, Kesler chipped the loose puck over the goaltender's left shoulder for his fifth tally of the season.

"It's a huge positive, getting that huge goal from Kes," Vancouver's Brendan Morrison said. "It was good that we didn't just pack it in when we went down in the third. But we're still a little disappointed that we blew two two-goal leads at home. We tried to protect the lead instead of going after them."

In the extra session, Salo unleashed a one-timer from above the left faceoff circle that deflected off the stick of Calgary's Chuck Kobasew and between the pads of Kiprusoff, giving Vancouver its second win in as many nights against its Northwest Division rival.

"It really felt good," Salo said. "Mattias (Ohlund) gave me the puck and I just tried to shoot it at the net and it seemed to go in off of their guy. This win is huge. Last night's win wouldn't have meant anything if we had lost tonight."

Matt Cooke had a goal and an assist and defenseman Ohlund set up three tallies for the Canucks, who improved to 7-1 in games decided after regulation - with the loss coming in a shootout - and 1-8-0 when allowing four or more goals.

"You had two of the top goaltenders in the league (in Kiprusoff and Roberto Luongo) facing each other tonight and they were both off their games," Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. "But you got to see some more goals, and I guess that's more exciting for the fans. For a Canuck fan, it was a good win."

Kristian Huselius notched his seventh career two-goal game and second this season and David Moss netted his third tally in as many NHL games for Calgary, which lost its third in a row.

"It was a big point for us, but you're not satisfied with losing a hockey game," Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf said. "We showed lots of spirit coming back. You play a team in their building and come back like we did, that's definitely a positive."

"At the end of the day, our team showed some character coming back from a two-goal deficit twice on the road," Calgary coach Jim Playfair said. "You always want to get a point, so we have to leave here recognizing that we got a point."

After halting a three-game skid with a 3-1 victory at Pengrowth Saddledome on Tuesday, the Canucks took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

At 2:32, defenseman Kevin Bieksa unleashed a wrist shot from the right point during a power play that got through a crowd and hit the left goalpost. Daniel Sedin was there to tap in the loose puck for his 13th goal of the season.

With 6:21 to go in the session, Henrik Sedin received a cross-slot pass from his twin brother on a 2-on-1 rush and beat Kiprusoff from the left side for his fifth tally.

"The first period was a good period," Henrik Sedin said. "I don't know what happened, but we let them in the game again. We can't let that happen, they're a good team."

Byron Ritchie and Huselius scored 65 seconds apart midway through the second period to draw Calgary even, but Cooke ended a 25-game goalless drought at 14:09 with his second of the campaign and Morrison netted Vancouver's first shorthanded tally this season less than three minutes later to restore the Canucks' two-goal lead.

"It's been a long time coming, but I felt a lot better the last 10 or 12 games and I felt like I was getting into the areas that I needed to get to," said Cooke, who scored for the first time since October 25. "Tonight was just a result of keeping it simple."

The Flames stormed back early in the third on goals 81 seconds apart by Huselius and Moss, then moved ahead on Langkow's fourth in six games.

"We showed a lot of character coming back from two two-goal deficits, but it's tough because with four minutes left, we got the lead. We couldn't close the deal."

"Obviously, there were a couple mistakes there, but they're a strong team there," Vigneault said. "We beat them last night in their building and we knew they were going to come hard. ... Was I surprised that they came back? No."








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    FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 2 3 0 5
    VANCOUVER 2 2 1 1 6 FINAL IN OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) DANIEL SEDIN 13 (KEVIN BIEKSA, MATTIAS OHLUND)
    2:32
    VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (DANIEL SEDIN, TAYLOR PYATT) 13:39
    2ND PRD: CGY - BYRON RITCHIE 3 (TONY AMONTE, MARK GIO

    Dec 28 12:44 AM


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    CALGARY 5
    VANCOUVER 6
    OT: VAN - SAMI SALO 5 (MATTIAS OHLUND, DANIEL SEDIN) 2:46

    Dec 28 12:44 AM


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    CALGARY 5
    VANCOUVER 6
    OT: VAN - SAMI SALO 5 (MATTIAS OHLUND, DANIEL SEDIN) 2:46

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 28 12:44 AM


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    END OF THE 3RD GOING INTO OT
    1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 2 3 5
    VANCOUVER 2 2 1 5 GOING INTO OT
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) DANIEL SEDIN 13 (KEVIN BIEKSA, MATTIAS OHLUND)
    2:32
    VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (DANIEL SEDIN, TAYLOR PYATT) 13:39
    2ND PRD: CGY - BYRON RITCHIE 3 (TONY AMONTE, MARK GIORDANO) 8:55
    CGY - KRISTIAN HU

    Dec 28 12:36 AM
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    Flames vs. CanucksDec 28 12:36 AM


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    CALGARY 5
    VANCOUVER 5
    3RD PRD: VAN - RYAN KESLER 5 (MARKUS NASLUND, JAN BULIS) 16:20

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 28 12:29 AM


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    CALGARY 5
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: CGY - (PP) DAYMOND LANGKOW 13 (JAROME IGINLA, DION PHANEUF)
    15:13

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 28 12:27 AM


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    CALGARY 4
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: CGY - DAVID MOSS 3 (DUSTIN BOYD, STEPHANE YELLE) 2:12

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 28 12:01 AM


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    CALGARY 3
    VANCOUVER 4
    3RD PRD: CGY - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 13 (UNASSISTED) 0:51

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 11:58 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 2 2
    VANCOUVER 2 2 4 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) DANIEL SEDIN 13 (KEVIN BIEKSA, MATTIAS OHLUND)
    2:32
    VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (DANIEL SEDIN, TAYLOR PYATT) 13:39
    2ND PRD: CGY - BYRON RITCHIE 3 (TONY AMONTE, MARK GIORDANO) 8:55
    CGY - KRISTIAN HUSE

    Dec 27 11:39 PM


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    CALGARY 2
    VANCOUVER 4
    2ND PRD: VAN - (SH) BRENDAN MORRISON 9 (WILLIE MITCHELL, MATT COOKE)
    16:40

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 11:35 PM


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    CALGARY 2
    VANCOUVER 3
    2ND PRD: VAN - MATT COOKE 2 (TREVOR LINDEN, MATTIAS OHLUND) 14:09

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 11:28 PM


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    CALGARY 2
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: CGY - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 12 (RICHIE REGEHR, DAYMOND LANGKOW)
    10:00

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 11:20 PM


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    CALGARY 1
    VANCOUVER 2
    2ND PRD: CGY - BYRON RITCHIE 3 (TONY AMONTE, MARK GIORDANO) 8:55

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 11:17 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CALGARY 0 0
    VANCOUVER 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) DANIEL SEDIN 13 (KEVIN BIEKSA, MATTIAS OHLUND)
    2:32
    VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (DANIEL SEDIN, TAYLOR PYATT) 13:39
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    CGY 8

    Dec 27 10:46 PM


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    CALGARY 0
    VANCOUVER 2
    1ST PRD: VAN - HENRIK SEDIN 5 (DANIEL SEDIN, TAYLOR PYATT) 13:39

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 10:37 PM


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    CALGARY 0
    VANCOUVER 1
    1ST PRD: VAN - (PP) DANIEL SEDIN 13 (KEVIN BIEKSA, MATTIAS OHLUND)
    3:32

    Flames vs. CanucksDec 27 10:16 PM