Nine years after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, Danny Taylor finally earned his first NHL win. Making just his second NHL start...
CALGARY, Alberta — Nine years after being drafted by the Los Angeles Kings, Danny Taylor finally earned his first NHL win.
Making just his second NHL start, Danny Taylor stopped 29 shots to backstop the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night.
“I’m a big visualizer so I’ve seen it a few times in my head,” said Taylor, who was chosen by the Kings in the seventh round, 221st overall, of the 2004 draft. “To actually go through it, it’s pretty cool. I’m very happy obviously. A lot of credit has to go to the guys in front of me. They played so well. They cleared a lot of rebounds.”
Calgary coach Bob Hartley was pleased to see Taylor bounce back with a great effort after allowing four goals on 37 shots during a 4-0 road loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in his first NHL start on Feb. 18.
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Jarome Iginla scored the winner at 12:36 of the third period to lead the Flames to the victory.
After scoring just once in his first 16 games of the season, Iginla has five goals in the past four contests.
Mike Cammalleri scored two goals for the Flames, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Jannik Hansen had a goal and an assist for the Canucks, who have lost three of four. Chris Higgins also scored for Vancouver, which beat Los Angeles 5-2 at home on Saturday night.
“I don’t think it’s a game that got away,” Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault said. “I’m really proud of the way that we competed and battled tonight. We never used excuses, went out and played really hard, and in my opinion we deserved a better outcome.”
Roberto Luongo made 21 saves for Vancouver.
Due to a snowstorm, the Canucks didn’t even arrive at the Calgary airport until 3:30 p.m., just 2 ½ hours before game time.
Blackhawks extend points streak
DETROIT — Patrick Kane had a couple of shots that simply could not be stopped.
Just like the Chicago Blackhawks.
Chicago extended its NHL-record season-opening points streak to 22 games when Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation and the Blackhawks earned an extra point when the star forward scored the only goal in a shootout of a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
“Just amazing what’s going on,” Kane said.
Corey Crawford finished with 32 saves to help Chicago win its ninth straight game.
• Still headache-free and with his short-term memory completely returned, Evgeni Malkin went through a full-contact practice with many of his Pittsburgh Penguins teammates.
Malkin, who has missed the past four games due to a concussion, said he “felt pretty good” immediately after the workout at a suburban rink.
• The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Harry Zolnierczyk four games for charging Ottawa defenseman Mike Lundin on Saturday.