Flames torch Ducks to gain position

Posted: Monday, February 02, 2004

CALGARY, Alberta With their recent collapse against Chicago still fresh in their minds, the Calgary Flames were determined not to let a lead slip away again.

Chris Clark had his first career two-goal game Sunday and the Flames held on for a 6-4 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

''We were ahead last game against Chicago too so we knew what we didn't want to do and that was let up,'' Clark said about Friday's 5-3 loss after the Flames blew a two-goal lead. ''We knew we had to keep the hammer down, keep pushing ahead, don't let up at any point.''

Calgary moved back into playoff position in the Western Conference, jumping past the St. Louis Blues and into a tie for seventh with the Los Angeles Kings, who are in Calgary on Tuesday.

Anaheim outshot Calgary 24-22, but neither starting goaltender Martin Gerber (five saves on eight shots), nor his replacement Jean-Sebastien Giguere (11 saves on 14 shots) could shut down the Flames.

Martin Gelinas, Craig Conroy, Shean Donovan, and Dean McAmmond also scored for the Flames, who won at home for just the third time in 10 games.

Sergei Fedorov had a goal and three assists to lead Anaheim. The Ducks also got goals from Petr Sykora, Vitaly Vishnevski, and Vaclav Prospal.

Bruins 4, Penguins 1

BOSTON Glen Murray scored three goals in a game for the fifth time in his NHL career, and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Sunday.

All of his goals came in the third period. Murray has scored six of the last seven goals for the Bruins, and has the game-winning goal in each of the last three games.

The Bruins have won three straight games and are unbeaten in their last four.

Murray's 19th goal of the season came on a power play, when he wristed the puck into the net from the left side. It tied the game at 1-1.

He broke the tie when he powered the puck into the net from just in front of Penguins goalie Sebastien Caron.

Murray's third goal, an empty netter, came with one minute left in the game. Brian Rolston scored his 15th goal of the season, also an empty netter, with 23 seconds remaining.

Aleksey Morozov gave the Penguins the lead on a power play in the first period. His sixth goal of the season came on a rebound of his own shot.

Canadiens 6, Blackhawks 4

MONTREAL Niklas Sundstrom had a goal and two assists, and the Montreal Canadiens spoiled Chicago coach Brian Sutter's 1,000th regular-season game.

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