SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

NEXT GAME: BLUE JACKETS AT FLAMES

TOMORROW AT 7 P.M., TV: S'NET, RADIO: FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Dion Phaneuf, Flames.

2. Rhett Warrener, Flames.

3. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames.

TURNING POINT:

A first-period goal while on the powerplay, something sorely lacking in the Flames repertoire all season, proved to be the difference. Dion Phaneuf's blast late in the opening frame was not only the game winner but also a huge confidence booster.

BIG SAVE:

With Calgary shorthanded and holding a two-goal lead midway through the third period, Miikka Kiprusoff made a clutch stop blocking Marc Chouinard's deflection of a Filip Kuba point shot.

HARD HIT:

Rhett Warrener must have had something in his Wheaties. First, the Flames defenceman decked Matt Foy just outside the blueline and then drove Stephane Veilleux hard into the boards.

UNSUNG HERO:

Flames RW Chuck Kobasew should have been rewarded with more thanks to the way he used his speed to create several scoring chances for himself and his linemates.

FIGHT CARD:

Jason Wiemer and Minny's Scott Ferguson duked it out early in the second period, with Wiemer landing way more punches. Give the Flame the decision.

Later in the period, Calgary's Steve Montador and Kyle Wanvig dropped the gloves, with neither landing any real punches.

Upset over a hit from behind, Tony Amonte came to his feet and went right after the culprit, Nick Schultz. Though Schultz's gloves came off first, Amonte was given an instigator penalty in the scrap that he won.

SCRATCHES:

D Robyn Regehr (knee), C Matthew Lombardi (ankle), LW Chris Simon (rib cage muscle) and D Bryan Marchment (undisclosed) didn't play for Calgary.

Minnesota went without RW Marian Gaborik (hip flexor), C Mikko Koivu (knee), D Alex Henry (groin) D Daniel Tjarnqvist and LW Andrei Nazarov.

BURNING QUESTION:

Can the Flames beat Columbus tomorrow for their first back-to-back wins of the season?

WHAT IT MEANS:

The end of a three-game losing skid and a perfect way to start a critical month, in which the Flames play 10 of 13 games at home.

NOTEWORTHY:

Before the game, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla was honoured for winning the October segment of the Molson Cup standings and donated his $1,000 to Doctors Without Borders. Runner-up Miikka Kiprusoff gave $500 to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation ... Calgary product Kyle Wanvig, playing a NHL game for the first time in his hometown, had about 30 friends and family on hand to lend their support ... Calgary's maligned powerplay has scored in seven straight games.


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