SUN Hockey Pool

Game over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:03 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Stephane Yelle, Flames.

2. Marc Denis, Blue Jackets.

3. Jarome Iginla, Flames.

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TURNING POINT:

Four minutes after the Blue Jackets tied the contest, Flames captain Jarome Iginla provided the play a real leader gives at the right time. Upon grabbing the puck, he drove around one defenceman and carried the play all the way to the net. Although Marc Denis made the stop, Daymond Langkow buried the rebound.

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BIG SAVE:

Early in the second period, Dion Phaneuf stripped Nikolai Zherdev of the puck and sent Jarome Iginla on a breakaway. Marc Denis blocked Iginla's wrister from the slot only to see the rebound bounce right back to the Flames sniper. But Denis reached back with his trapper to make a huge stop.

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HARD HIT:

Give Andrew Ference credit for ensuring he made the play but the Flames defenceman paid a price. With Manny Malhotra bearing down, Ference chipped the puck forward in the corner before taking a big thumping that sent him to the ice.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Daymond Langkow's goal and assist came from driving to the net and paying a price, exactly what's expected from any player in the Sutter system.

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SCRATCHES:

Calgary LW Jason Wiemer was taken out of the lineup in favour of F Byron Ritchie. D Robyn Regehr (knee) is out.

For the Blue Jackets, LW Rick Nash (ankle) and D Rostislav Klesla (stress fracture) were joined by LW Jaroslav Balastik and G Martin Prusek.

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BURNING QUESTION:

How long until the Flames' feeble powerplay costs them a game? Calgary failed to score in eight extra-man opportunities.

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WHAT IT MEANS:

Flames get in the win column and take a lot of pressure off themselves.

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NOTEWORTHY:

Due to the demand for tickets in Calgary, the Flames have opened the other side of the upper level of the Saddledome, named the Ultimate Fan Zone, for October's games. Tickets are available only via the Internet (Ticketmaster.ca). Should demand warrant it, they will be on sale in future months ... Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash was honoured for winning the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2003-04. He shared the goal-scoring award with Jarome Iginla and Ilya Kovalchuk.

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NEXT GAME: CALGARY FLAMES AT DETROIT RED WINGS

TOMORROW AT 2 P.M., TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960


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