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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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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