Flames defeat Canucks

Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the third period as the Calgary Flames rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday.

Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows

Vancouver Canucks' Alexandre Burrows

Calgary 3 Vancouver 2

CALGARY — Michael Cammalleri scored twice in the third period as the Calgary Flames rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday.

Curtis Glencross also scored for the Flames (36-29-16), who trailed 1-0 heading into the final period.

Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen scored for the Canucks (50-22-9), whose winning streak ended at seven games.

The Canucks missed out on an opportunity to move past the New York Rangers (51-23-7) and into top spot overall in the National Hockey League. The Rangers dropped a 5-2 road decision earlier in the evening to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 32 shots in the Calgary net to improve his record to 35-22-11.

Cory Schneider made 25 saves for Vancouver.

It took the Flames until just after the four minute mark to get their first shot on net, but it was a quality scoring chance. Anton Babchuk blasted a point shot that Matt Stajan tipped. Schneider made the initial save and then stopped the rebound as well.

Samuel Pahlsson took a tripping penalty on the play, but it was the Canucks who capitalized during the man-advantage situation for the Flames.

Vancouver defenceman Dan Hamhuis chipped the puck off the boards into the neutral zone to Burrows, who snuck in behind Babchuk for a clear-cut breakaway. Burrows made a quick move and then deposited a backhand shot into the net behind Kiprusoff to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead.

After being outshot 12-3 in the first period, the Flames put up a better fight in the second. Tom Kostopoulos nearly tied the game early in the second, but his backhand shot from the slot hit the post behind Schneider and deflected wide.

With Henrik Sedin in the penalty box for hooking, the Canucks nearly had their second short-handed goal of the game but Kiprusoff made a blocker save to stop Chris Higgins on his breakaway attempt.

With the Canucks on a power play late in the second, Kiprusoff stood his ground to make a chest save to turn aside a shot off the stick of Ryan Kesler.

The Flames then tied up the score at 1:27 of the third period when Cammalleri backhanded a rebound up and over Schneider and into the net. Jay Bouwmeester took the initial shot on goal from the point. Akim Aliu also drew an assist on the goal in his first career NHL game.

Glencross then jumped on a turnover by Sedin in the slot and wired a shot past Schneider for his first goal in 12 games before Cammalleri scored his second of the game at 16:23 to put the Flames up by a pair.

Just 26 seconds later, Hansen scored to pull the Canucks to within a goal but that’s as close as they would get.