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NHL: Calgary 3, Vancouver 1

Dec. 24, 2011 at 12:42 AM   |   Comments

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Curtis Glencross broke a scoreless tie 2:36 into the third period Friday and the Calgary Flames went on to down Vancouver 3-1.

Leland Irving, making only his second NHL start, won a goaltending duel with Roberto Luongo by making 29 saves.

Glencross scored his 14th goal of the campaign to give Calgary the lead and Mikael Backlund increased the Flames' advantage with 5:52 left in regulation.

Dan Hamhuis beat Irving with 3:01 to go, but Olli Jokinen clinched it by producing an empty-net goal for the Flames with 36 seconds to play.

Irving was called up when backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson suffered a knee injury. Irving made his NHL debut Dec. 16, and was credited with 39 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss to Florida.

Luongo stopped 28-of-30 shots for the Canucks, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. The Flames have won three in a row.

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