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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59