Raymond stars in Canucks’ 7-2 win over Flames
CALGARY: Mason Raymond made himself right at home.
From nearby Cochrane, Raymond had his second career hat trick - scoring at even strength, short-handed and on a power play - and added an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks rout the Calgary Flames 7-2 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. His other hat trick also was in Calgary. "Maybe it's the homecooked meal," Raymond said. "It's a lot of fun playing in front of your friends and family. The team played really well and I had some good bounces tonight."
Daniel Sedin, Jeff Tambellini, Alex Burrows and Dan Hamhuis also scored, and Roberto Luongo made 18 saves. The Canucks improved to 13-7-3 and moved a point ahead of Colorado for the Northwest Division lead.
Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault praised the speedy Raymond-Tambellini-Ryan Kesler trio. "Obviously, (Raymond) had a real, huge night," Vigneault said. "That whole line tonight, it was intimidating as far as their speed and puck control. They made some great plays." Alex Tanguay and Tim Jackman scored for Calgary. The Flames have lost five of their last seven at home. -Ap