Daniel Sedin has 3 points in Canucks' 4-3 win

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Sunday, March 13, 2011; 1:09 AM

CALGARY, Alberta -- NHL leading scorer Daniel Sedin had two goals and an assist in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night.

In a clash between the league's top two teams since Christmas, the game took on a playoff feel. It was especially important for the Flames, who are locked in a desperate fight for a postseason spot in the congested Western Conference.

Vancouver entered with a 16-point lead over the second-place Flames in the Northwest Division and seven-point edge on Philadelphia for first in the league.

The Canucks took a 4-3 lead with 16 seconds left in the second period when their No. 1-ranked power play struck for the second time in two chances.

Ryan Kesler beat Alex Tanguay on a faceoff in the Flames end, drawing the puck back to defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. Ehrhoff's shot through a crowd caromed sharply off Kesler in front and went right to Sedin, who scored his second goal of the period.

Sedin's 37th goal was a career high, topping the 36 he scored in the 2006-07 season.

It was the third assist of the period for Ehrhoff, whose three-point night tied a career high.

Kesler and Alex Burrows also scored for Vancouver (45-16-9). The win capped off a 5-0 road trip for the Canucks, who have regained their form after alternating wins and losses through most of February.

Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan and David Moss had goals for the Flames (36-26-9), who lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time since Jan. 3 and 5.

The Flames are in the top eight in the West, but barely. Nashville is ninth, one point back with two games in hand. Two points back with three games in hand are the 10th-place Anaheim Ducks.

Calgary's best chance to tie the game in the third came late in the period, but the Flames couldn't capitalize with the man advantage.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla led a 3-on-1 rush earlier in the period, but his centering pass caromed off the skate of Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and slid harmlessly into the corner.


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