CALGARY, Alberta (AP) – Tyler Myers scored two goals and helped in the first period when the Vancouver Canucks took the lead and beat Calgary Flames 5-2 on Sunday night.
Tanner Pearson also scored twice and Jake Virtanen had a goal to help Vancouver win his fifth straight run from Calgary and Arizona to second place in the Pacific Division. The Canucks are tied on points with the Coyotes, but have a game in hand.
Thatcher Demko, making his first match since December 7, with Jacob Markstrom starting the last nine games, finished with 23 saves to improve to 8-4-1.
Rasmus Andersson and Noah Hanifin scored for Calgary, who lost four at home. David Rittich was pulled after giving up three goals in seven kicks in the first 10:52. Cam Talbot finished with 19 defenses in relief.
Myers opened the scoring in a power play at 3:29, scoring his second goal of the season with a 55-foot kick that beat a partially displayed Rittich.
A little over three minutes later, Myers struck again from the same distance, again with a shot to the wrist, only this time there was no one in front, his shot crawling through the Flames goalkeeper's kicks. Myers equated his career with his fifth double-goal game.
Virtanen increased the lead to 3-0 when he returned to playing power. Flames entered the night with the second best penalty in the league, but Vancouver's fourth best power-play was 2-2 at first, when Virtanen's shot deflected off Calgary Travis Hamonic defender's bat.
That goal ended the night for Rittich, who was pulled for the second time this season.
Calgary finally entered the scoring with 1:24 remaining in the second period. While the teams played 4 against 4, Andersson jumped in a hurry and ordered a rebound from Sean Monahan's shot.
The Canucks restored their three-goal cushion at 6:14 on the third when Pearson picked up the puck in front, spun it around and shot over Talbot's shoulder.
NOTES: Miikka Kiprusoff, all-time leader in Flames victories, was present. Living in Finland since his retirement, he got a standing ovation when he was introduced and there were chants of "Kipper, Kipper". … Calgary, LW Sam Bennett, was a healthy scratch. He has no points in the last eight games. … Canucks scored 45 goals in the first period, which leads the NHL. The flames are the last with 24.
Canucks: Chicago host Thursday night to open a homeland of two games.
Flames: Chicago host Tuesday night before ending a three-game match against the New York Rangers on Thursday.
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