Final

Series (Game 6 of 8)

Series tied 4-4

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
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Flames1
Game 2: Monday, November 7th
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Flames4
Game 3: Friday, December 23rd
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SO
Canucks5
Game 4: Monday, December 26th
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Canucks1
Game 5: Saturday, January 7th
Flames3Final
OT
Canucks4
Game 6: Friday, February 3rd
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Flames1
Game 7: Tuesday, February 28th
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Flames1
Game 8: Saturday, April 8th
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OT
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Canucks 3

(31-18-5, 67 pts)

Flames 1

(30-17-7, 67 pts)

9:00 PM ET, February 3, 2006

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
VAN 0 2 13
CGY 1 0 01

R. Kesler (Canucks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

D. Sedin (Canucks - LW): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

M. Lombardi (Flames - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

Three straight: Wins for Canucks, losses for Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Anson Carter and the Sedin twins took care of most of the offense while scrappy Ryan Kesler provided the spark the Vancouver Canucks needed.

Henrik Sedin scored a goal and had an assist and Daniel Sedin added three assists as the brothers led Vancouver to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

Carter also had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which moved past Calgary and into first place in the Northwest Division.

"They're playing really well," Kesler said. "They're fun to watch out there and it helps our team a lot when we have a line going like that."

Kesler scored the game-winning goal on a feed from Daniel Sedin late in the second period, but it was a spirited first-period fight with Flames captain Jarome Iginla that brought the Canucks to life.

"I didn't know he was a fighter, but I guess he proved me wrong," said Kesler, who didn't mind sitting for five minutes with Iginla. "I'm a third-liner and he's a superstar. The trade-off was definitely in favor of us."

Vancouver coach Marc Crawford earned his 400th NHL win.

"He did really well in that [fight]," Crawford said of Kesler. "I thought he played a heck of a game as well. When you get those types of efforts, it's really pleasing for the team."

Vancouver's Alex Auld, who stopped 28 shots, thought the fight gave the Canucks a boost.

"That was huge," Auld said. "He stepped up in a huge way tonight with that fight and a big goal."

It was the third straight victory for the Canucks, who lost the first three games of a seven-game road trip that wraps up Saturday night in Edmonton.

Iginla scored for the Flames, who lost their third straight game.

"Chin up. Let's go," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. "This doesn't change anything. Remember I said from the outset, the team we need to stay with and now that we really need to stay with is Vancouver."

On the heels of a pair of lackluster shootout losses to the St. Louis Blues and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Flames came out strong against their divisional rivals.

On his first shift, Iginla tipped a point shot by Robyn Regehr on net, but Auld stopped it.

The Flames took a 1-0 with just 8.8 seconds left in the first period when Iginla blasted a point shot that trickled through Auld's legs during a two-man advantage.

"He got a good shot away on the five-on-three and I just couldn't squeeze it," Auld said.

Vancouver had a chance to tie the game early in the second when Alexandre Burrows was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a partial breakaway by Flames defenseman Rhett Warrener.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped Burrows to preserve the lead for a while longer.

Iginla said Calgary has to find was to generate more scoring chances.

"Offensively, we're not going as well as we can as a group," he said. "We've got to score more than one goal. Kipper's played so well for us and tonight again, they were some chances and it's a combination of putting one more of those in but also getting more chances."

The Canucks tied the game when Carter picked up a loose puck in the slot and snapped a quick wrist shot past Kiprusoff during a Vancouver power play.

Kesler then put the Canucks up 2-1 with a wrist shot with 46 seconds to play in the second period.

In the third, Daniel Sedin spotted Henrik open in the slot and made a perfect cross-ice pass to his brother, who blasted the puck into the top corner over Kiprusoff's shoulder.

Kiprusoff made 19 saves.

Game notes


Mike Leclerc, acquired in a trade on Wednesday, made his debut in a Flames uniform and started on a line with Iginla and Matthew Lombardi ... The previous five games between the Flames and Canucks were all decided by one goal, with Calgary winning five in a row before a 4-3 overtime loss in Vancouver on Jan. 7.

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