Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:16 AM ET

NEXT GAME: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS AT FLAMES

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

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Chuck Kobasew, Flames

2. Tony Amonte, Flames

3. Darren McCarty, Flames

TURNING POINT:

Chuck Kobasew's powerplay goal 16:41 into the second period gave the Flames the lead for the first time.

BIG SAVE:

With Calgary on the powerplay in the second period, Manny Legace rejected Flames F Daymond Langkow's blast from the point with his right pad and dragged the leg to keep the rebound from sliding past him.

Miikka Kiprusoff's blocker stop on Wings F Brendan Shanahan minutes later was worthy of the nod, too.

HARD HIT:

Flames F Shean Donovan was knocked flying when Wings D Jiri Fischer caught him with an open-ice hit near the red line in the second period.

UNSUNG HERO:

Flames F Daymond Langkow could easily have been named a game star.

His long pass in the first period sprang Tony Amonte for a breakaway leading to Calgary's first goal. It was arguably Langkow's best game while wearing the Flaming C.

FIGHT CARD:

None.

SCRATCHES:

* CALGARY -- F Matthew Lombardi (ankle) is out indefinitely. F Jason Wiemer, D Bryan Marchment and D Steve Montador were healthy observers.

* DETROIT -- D Jamie Rivers, D Brett Lebda and F Mark Mowers were forced to watch the action. D Niklas Krownwall (knee) is out indefinitely.

BURNING QUESTION:

Is there a hotter team in the NHL right now?

(The answer would be no.)

WHAT IT MEANS:

The streaking Flames tie the Calgary record of eight straight wins, two short of the franchise record set by Atlanta in 1978.

NOTEWORTHY:

Film director Ang Lee, who became a Flames fan while filming Brokeback Mountain around Calgary during the 2004 playoffs, took in last night's action ... A couple of streaks within the streak, F Jarome Iginla (4-7-11) and F Tony Amonte (2-3-5) extended their run of consecutive games with a point to five ... F Jason Wiemer's next point will be his 200th in the league.


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