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Flames spoils Wings' bid to pass Preds

Tuesday, 03.20.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Flames spoils Wings\' bid to pass Preds
By The Associated Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- Kristian Huselius scored a goal and set up another in the Calgary Flames' 2-1 victory over the Red Wings on Tuesday night.

Calgary snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Wings, who missed an opportunity to move past Nashville into first place in the Central Division and past Buffalo atop the NHL standings. The Flames are trying to hold off hard-charging Colorado at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race.

Their nine-point lead was trimmed to four in a week, but the victory pushed it back up to six.

Pavel Datsyuk's goal tied the score at 1-1 in the second period. (GettyImages)
Huselius broke a 1-1 tie at 17:34 of the second period while Calgary was enjoying its fifth consecutive power play, this one after Wings defenseman Andreas Lilja cross-checked Jeff Friesen.

Dion Phaneuf fired a slap shot high and wide, and Jarome Iginla nudged goalie Dominik Hasek while battling for position in front of the Wings net.

With Hasek lying flat on his back inside the net, Alex Tanguay got the rebound off the end glass and quickly zipped a pass across the slot to an open Huselius, who sent in a high shot that the 42-year-old goalie could only wave at.

Daymond Langkow also scored for Calgary, an NHL-best 29-7-2 at home.

Pavel Datsyuk scored the lone goal for Detroit, which dropped both games on its Western trip that started in Vancouver.

Detroit trailed 1-0 entering the second period but pulled even at 1:27 on Datsyuk's individual effort.

Carrying the puck down the wing, Datsyuk neatly sidestepped Craig Conroy, and whipped a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff high on the glove side. His 23rd goal extended his point streak to 11 games (four goals, 13 assists).

Calgary scored the lone goal of the first period, taking advantage of an opening-minute power play.

Phaneuf's wrist shot from the circle was stopped by Hasek, but the rebound went to Langkow on his backhand. He banked a shot off both goal posts and in for his 30th goal, the third Flames player to hit the mark -- joining Iginla (34) and Huselius (31). Buffalo is the only other team with three 30-goal scorers.

Kiprusoff with 30 stops. Hasek had 21.

GAME NOTES: Calgary's lineup was bolstered by the return from injury of three veterans -- Conroy (missed four games), D Rhett Warrener (three games) and C Stephane Yelle (two games). ... Flames rookie LW David Moss sat out with an undisclosed lower body injury. ... Detroit C Johan Franzen returned after a four-game absence. ... Todd Bertuzzi (back) is expected to make his Wings debut during Detroit's upcoming three-game homestand.

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