Bourque scores 3 goals, Flames beat Sens 6-3

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CALGARY, Alberta (AP)—Rene Bourque is fitting in perfectly with the Calgary Flames after three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Bourque scored three goals for his first NHL hat trick, and the Flames beat the Ottawa Senators 6-3 on Saturday night.

“The puck was going in for me tonight,” said Bourque, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound former Wisconsin star who had 10 goals in 62 games last season for Chicago. “It’s a good feeling. I’ll take what I can get and hopefully they keep going in for me.”

Andre Roy, Adrian Aucoin and Todd Bertuzzi added goals, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 27 saves for Calgary. The Flames have earned points in seven straight games (4-0-3) to open a three-point lead over Vancouver atop the Northwest Division.

Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza and Alexandre Picard scored for Ottawa, 0-9-2 in its last 11 road games and 0-2-0 on its eight-game trip.

“We’re obviously not happy where we are right now, but I thought we played a pretty decent hockey game aside from a couple of breakdowns,” Spezza said. “But everything they shot went in there once they got the lead.”

After Phillips and Spezza gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead in the second period, Bourque tied it with goals in a 58-second span. Bourque’s third goal of the game and 14th of the season made it 5-3 with 5:35 left in the third period.

“He’s a goal scorer,” Aucoin said. “That release. His strength. He doesn’t get knocked off the puck too easily. I played with him in Chicago and I’ve always known how well he can shoot the puck. He’s a big guy and he skates really well.”


Bourque had a career-high 16 goals as a rookie in 2005-06 with Chicago. … Ottawa C Cody Bass did not return after appearing to have injured his shoulder during a first period fight with Calgary’s Eric Nystrom. … With Ottawa D Anton Volchenkov (upper body) sidelined, D Brian Lee was recalled from Binghamton (AHL). … Kiprusoff is 4-0-0 against Ottawa.

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Goals: 3
Assists: 0
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Goalie Team Shot Save
Alex Auld Ott 41 36
Miikka Kiprusoff Cgy 30 27


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