SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

NEXT GAME: FLAMES AT PHOENIX COYOTES

THURSDAY AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Dion Phaneuf, Calgary -- Blasted winning goal past a helpless Alex Auld.

2. Jarome Iginla, Calgary -- He got a lucky goal but added a helper on Dion Phaneuf's winner.

3. Markus Naslund, Vancouver -- Chipped in a pair of goals

TURNING POINT:

D Dion Phaneuf's powerplay goal late in the third during a two-man advantage was the difference.

BIG SAVE:

F Jarome Iginla set up F Tony Amonte from behind the net late in the opening period, looking to go ahead 2-0. But Canucks goaltender Alex Auld got his left pad on Amonte's hard one-timer to keep the hard-luck Flames forward off the scoresheet for another period. Miikka Kiprusoff had a similar save early in the second, snapping his left pad out to turn away a quick shot by Canuck F Anson Carter.

HARD HIT:

F Darren McCarty rattled the boards and riled the fans when he drilled Canucks D Steve McCarthy into the corner early in the game.

UNSUNG HERO:

D Roman Hamrlik's slapshot to tie the game 2-2 in the third made up for a couple of defensive lapses.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- F Matthew Lombardi (ankle) is out indefinitely. F Chris Simon (torso strain) and D Bryan Marchment (ribs) are day-to-day. D Steve Montador was a healthy observer.

VANCOUVER -- F Matt Cooke (jaw), F Tyler Bouck (groin) and F Jason King (concussion) are out indefinitely. G Dan Cloutier (concussion) is day-to-day.

BURNING QUESTION:

Has the Vancouver/Calgary rivalry surpassed the Battle of Alberta in intensity?

WHAT IT MEANS:

The Flames (8-7-2) rise above the .500 mark after sweeping a four-game homestand.

NOTEWORTHY:

Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff was named NHL defensive player of the week yesterday. He had three wins and two shutouts, posting a 0.33 GAA and .984 save percentage. Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson had 11 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in three games to earn offensive honours ... Todd Bertuzzi's first goal in 10 games ended Kiprusoff's shutout streak after 122 minutes 31 seconds.


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