NEWS
12/07/2011 12:04 EST | Updated 02/05/2012 05:12 EST

Morrison has four points as Flames hold on for 7-6 win over Hurricanes

CALGARY - Brendan Morrison made the most of some unexpected playing time with the Calgary Flames.

Morrison had two goals and two assists as the Flames scored more than five goals for the first time this season, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 7-6.

A healthy scratch for the past five games, Morrison was inserted into the Flames' lineup when Curtis Glencross was scratched with the flu.

"It's nice to come in and contribute, I'm not going to hide that," said the 36 year old. "But the main thing is we won the game."

Stepping into Glencross' spot on left-wing on a line with Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen, Morrison registered his first four-point game since he had four assists for the Vancouver Canucks in a game in Calgary on Dec. 23, 2005.

Iginla had two goals and an assist, including the winner into an empty net, and Jokinen had three assists.

Carolina backup Mike Murphy took the loss in his first NHL appearance despite not allowing a goal. He came on to relieve starter Cam Ward in the third period and stopped both shots he faced, but was the goalie of record when Iginla scored his winning goal.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Murphy is the first goalie in NHL history to record a loss before allowing a goal.

It has been a tough season for Morrison. Off-season knee surgery sidelined him to begin the season. After playing eight games and collecting no points, he went back on injured reserve with the knee still feeling unstable.

He missed seven games before returning to the lineup for a pair of games before being banished to the press box.

"It was impressive," Iginla said. "He's always around, helping out the young guys, and staying positive. It