SUN THREE STARS:
1. Marcus Nilson, Calgary -- His hard work at both ends of the ice paid off with the winning goal bouncing in off his noggin in the third.
2. Steve Reinprecht, Calgary --Scored the tying goal by collecting a rebound and kicking the puck up to his stick
3. Bryan Berard, Columbus -- Assisted on the Blue Jackets goal.
Steve Reinprecht's pretty tying goal in the third period gave the Flames and their fans new life.
Jarome Iginla had an empty net to shoot at during a powerplay in the first period. Goaltender Marc Denis stretched back to get a piece of Iginla's misplaced backhand attempt to keep the game scoreless.
Manny Malhotra smacked Tony Amonte to the ice early in the first period as the Flames veteran reached for a puck after dangling it past a Jackets defender.
Jarome Iginla's point streak came to an end but it wasn't for a lack of trying. He played an aggressive game and set an up-tempo pace.
Darren McCarty and Jody Shelley went at it near centre ice with less than five minutes left in the opening period. Shelley, who is listed at 6 ft. 4 in., 230 lb., nailed McCarty (6 ft. 1 in., 215 lb.) with a hard first punch but the gritty Flames winger held his own the rest of the way. In another mismatch, Byron Ritchie went toe-to-toe with Steven Goertzen after the Jackets d-man nailed Dion Phaneuf with a shoulder. Ritchie fell early but quickly bounced back up for more.
Now that Marcus Nilson has his first goal of the season, how long before Jordan Leopold pots one?
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Flames have their first winning streak of the campaign.
Defenceman Robyn Regehr suited up for his first regular-season game.
NEXT GAME: VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT FLAMES
TOMORROW AT 8 P.M., TV: CBC, RADIO: FAN 960