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Flames defenceman Adrian Aucoin, centre, celebrates his game winning goal with teammates Michael...

Flames defenceman Adrian Aucoin, centre, celebrates his game winning goal with teammates Michael Cammalleri, left, and Jarome Iginla during third period NHL hockey action against the Ottawa Senators in Calgary, Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008.

RANDY SPORTAK

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

The delivery was delayed a couple of sleeps, but Rene Bourque won't mind.

The winger unwrapped his first career hat-trick and led the Calgary Flames to their 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators last night.

In what appears destined to be his breakout campaign, Bourque had a career night. In fact, he could have had twice as many goals in a fantastic performance.

Amazing to think what could have been if the Flames (20-11-4) played the whole game like they did the final 30 minutes.

It took that long for them to hit high gear before finally catching fire against a struggling Senators club that's now lost 11 straight road games but put up a 2-0 lead midway into last night's contest.

Bourque started the comeback with a with a pair of tallies in less than a minute.

While the Flames were forechecking, Daymond Langkow knocked the puck loose from a defenceman and right to Bourque at the end boards.

He quickly headed around the net and stuffed a wraparound offering just inside the post before Sens goalie Alex Auld could close the hole with his skate.

"Once we got that first one, we started to outplay them," Bourque said. "We started to take the body and got a lot of pucks, turnovers, odd-man rushes. I guess that got the ball rolling and we went from there."

Only 58 seconds later, Bourque evened the affair with his second of the night.

The Senators' Jason Spezza was trying to break out of the zone but lost possession of the puck in the high slot, and it went right to Bourque.

His long wrist-shot appeared to go off a defender before changing directions and ending up in the cage.

The offensive outburst reached its apex when Andre Roy's second goal of the season put the Flames ahead.

Roy was parked at the far side of the net and in perfect position for the cross-crease feed from Adam Pardy and jammed home the bang-bang play.

The assist is Pardy's second career point.

The Sens managed to tie the game on Alexandre Picard's third-period powerplay tally, but that just set the stage for the Flames to finish the job.

Only 43 seconds after it became a 3-3 game, Adrian Aucoin one-timed Michael Cammalleri's cross-ice pass into the short-side top corner.

Bourque's hat-trick tally came when he finished a short passing play with Langkow for his eighth goal in 10 games.

"It was a fresh start for me. When I got traded (here from Chicago), it was a bit of a shock," Bourque said. "But coming to a team like Calgary that's been in the playoffs the last couple of years was a fresh start, I'm healthy finally and have confidence."

For the Sens (12-16-5), a chance to start climbing back into the playoff picture turned into yet another disappointing night.

After a scoreless first period, Chris Phillips gave the visitors the first lead of the night.

The big Calgary-born blueliner, who snapped a 58-game goal scoring drought on Thursday, fired a blast from the point that beat Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who was screened by Mike Fisher.

Spezza doubled the Sens' lead just before the Flames started to come back. After Dany Heatley forced a turnover at the hash marks, Spezza picked up the loose puck and snapped a top-shelf shot for his 14th of the season.

Todd Bertuzzi iced the game with an empty-netter.

Although the Flames fell behind, the blame can't be laid at Kiprusoff's feet.

In the first period, he made two highlight-reel saves on sniper Heatley, along with an acrobatic rebound stop on Brandon Bell in the second.

At the other end, Alex Auld stopped 35 shots for the Sens.

The Flames' homestand continues tomorrow night against the Minnesota Wild.


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