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Power play lifts Flames over Wings

Tuesday, 04.17.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Power play lifts Flames over Wings

By The Canadian Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames breathed life into their playoff hopes with a 3-2 win over the Red Wings on Tuesday.

Detroit still leads the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series 2-1 heading into Thursday's Game 4 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

But after getting badly outplayed in the opening two games of the series in Detroit, the Flames regained some confidence with the victory and maintained their reputation of being tough to beat in their own arena.

Jarome Iginla scored the game-winner at 9:21 of the third period. Matthew Lombardi and defenseman Mark Giordano scored power-play goals.

Kris Draper scored twice for Detroit and Daniel Cleary had two assists.

The fire alarm at the Saddledome went off five minutes into the third period, but no one in the sold-out building was about to leave with the score 2-2.

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff got far better support from his defense than he did in the first two games at Joe Louis Arena, where he faced 97 shots.

He stopped 28 shots for the win while Detroit counterpart Dominik Hasek made 25 saves.

Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi appeared in first playoff game since May 8, 2003, with the Vancouver Canucks.

The big forward, who had sat out the three previous games with a concussion, had regular work on Detroit's power play and Detroit's fourth line.

Calgary's defense was better Tuesday, limiting shots on their goalie to 30 and not allowing the Wings to slip behind them as easily as they had in Detroit.

The Flames also weren't in the penalty box as much as they were in Detroit, although they did have to kill off a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Wayne Primeau early in the first period.

Iginla was much criticized for mustering only two shots on goal in the first two games of the series. He hit the post during a Calgary power-play with about six minutes left in the first period.

But he redeemed himself with the game-winner in the third. The Flames' captain streaked down the wing, got a step on Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom and wired a shot over Hasek's shoulder.

Giordano scored in his NHL playoff debut with a power-play goal at 4:43 of the second period that deadlocked the game 2-2. His shot from above the faceoff circle beat a screened Hasek stick side.

Draper's second of the game 39 seconds into the period was due to some hard work by Cleary. He sent Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf flying into the corner and lost his helmet in the process, but Cleary recovered the puck behind the goal-line and sent it out to Draper in front of the net to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Calgary led for the first time in the series on Lombardi's power-play goal at 9:20 of the second period, but Draper evened it up just over two minutes later.

Draper got his stick on a rebound off a sharp-angled shot by Cleary to beat Kiprusoff stick side at 11:30 of the second period.

Lombardi and Alex Tanguay combined on a give-and-go at 9:20 of the second. Lombardi drove the net and deflected Tanguay's centring pass by Hasek.

GAME NOTES: Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr (knee) was a scratch. Playfair hopes to have him in the lineup in Thursday's Game 4. Giordano took Regehr's place in the lineup . . . . Flames defenseman Rhett Warrener gushed blood from his mouth at the end of the first period when he was struck in the face by the puck on a Henrik Zetterberg shot. Warrener returned to the ice midway through the second period . . . A pane of glass behind Kiprusoff was shattered by a shot from Chris Chelios with 10 seconds left in the second period. The remaining time was added to the third.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89