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Second helping for Flames

Flames' Lombardi (second from right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the Flames third goal...

Flames' Lombardi (second from right) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the Flames third goal on Nov. 29, 2008. (Jack Cusano/SUN MEDIA)

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:25 AM ET

The tribute to the 1980s included enough power pop to grow a mullet.

The Calgary Flames had just enough pop in their attack to make retro night the kind of party their faithful could enjoy.

Thanks to a 3-1 victory last night -- which really belied how one-sided the action was -- the Flames took both halves of their home-and-home series with the division rival Vancouver Canucks.

"We played hard," said Flames right winger David Moss. "Both nights, we played hard and were pretty disciplined. When we play our systems like that, it makes it tough on other teams."

Calgary (14-9-1) has won five of six to pull within a single point of the Canucks in the Northwest Division chase. The Flames won the first half of the series 4-3 in Vancouver two nights earlier.

A pre-game video montages showed plenty of great action from the '80s, with the likes of KISS' Heaven's On Fire to rile up the sellout crowd of 19,289 at the Saddledome.

The scoring was nothing like that era.

Much of the blame for that can be pinned on Vancouver goalie Cory Schneider, who stopped 28 shot in his NHL debut. Despite Calgary's edge in play, the Canucks were within one shot of drawing even until Matthew Lombardi iced the game with less than two minutes remaining.

"He played well for his first NHL game," said Moss, whose early third-period tally stood up as the game-winner.

"I think the more traffic we got, the harder it makes it on him, but he played well."

After a scoreless first period, the Flames took control with a one-sided middle frame.

The shot clock read 11-3 in the second period, but it took Daymond Langkow's deflection of a Dion Phaneuf wrister from the point on the powerplay with 38.4 seconds left in the period to finally crack the goose egg.

"We got better as the game went on," said Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr. "For the first half of the game, we had lots of missed opportunities, but the forwards worked really hard down low, and you saw their defence getting tired because they had to chase those guys.

"It was good to see we finally capitalized late in the second period."

Moss doubled the lead with a perfect shot six minutes into the third period. Sprung on a two-on-one, Moss looked like he was going to pass across to Langkow, but instead fired an off-wing wrist shot that beat Schneider's five-hole.

Kyle Wellwood pulled the Canucks within one with less than nine minutes remaining, but Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff shut the door in a 17-save performance.

Lombardi scored his second of the season by finishing off a two-on-one rush with Jarome Iginla.

"It was one of those games when both teams really wanted the points in a defensive battle," said Langkow.

"We got a few more shots, and were fortunate to get some goals and get the win."

Vancouver (14-8-2) started a seven-game road trip on a negative note. While the Canucks are embarking on a long trip, the Flames will enjoy a day off and relish a job well done in their last two outings.

"We lost a couple to them earlier in the year, so it's nice to get those points back," Langkow said. "The day off's going to be a whole lot better."

Next up for the Flames is a visit from the Dallas Stars Tuesday night.


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