Ray­mond stars in Canucks’ 7-2 win over Flames

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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