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RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

DETROIT -- Eerie similarities, different result.

Like their last venture to the Motor City, the Flames were in a deep hole after the first period thanks to the potent Red Wings powerplay.

However, unlike that thrashing from early October, Calgary regrouped, stuck with the game plan and completed a comeback -- a 3-2 win GM/head coach Darryl Sutter chalked up to resiliency.

"That's our team. That's what we're about," Sutter said. "Every time somebody tries to count us out, we show we're pretty good at showing the other side of it."

You don't erase a two-goal deficit against Detroit without deserving to and the Flames were full marks for their effort before a sellout gathering of 20,066 at the Joe Louis Arena.

Daymond Langkow and Chuck Kobasew each converted setups from each other to erase the 2-0 deficit in the second period. Calgary was so dominant in the frame that they outshot Detroit 18-5.

Langkow, who snapped a six-game goal drought by netting only his second goal in 21 games, said there were no "Win it for the Gipper speeches" to spark them.

"It was the same old stuff, 'Stay positive' and 'Stay with it,' " he said. "We needed a little bit more from everybody and got that.

"The first period, obviously we didn't play the way we can but we didn't play terrible.

"We were undisciplined and took penalties and any time you take penalties against these guys, they make you pay.

"We knew where we were at and knew we could win the hockey game."

Tony Amonte delivered the deciding strike 19 seconds into the third period.

A surprised recipient of a Mathieu Schneider giveaway at the Flames blueline, Amonte ended the long breakaway with a textbook deke on rookie goaltender Jimmy Howard.

"He skated over it and I figured there'd be another guy back but the only guy back there was Rhett (Warrener) coming out of the box. He was yelling for me to go," Amonte said. "We watched a bit of video before the game to know what (Howard) was all about and just picked a spot. It didn't seem like there was much room, so I tried a deke on him and got lucky."

Calgary's record improves to 15-9-3.

Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom provided Detroit's scoring, netting powerplay goals in the opening frame.

Miikka Kiprusoff, busy in the first period and the final minute, stopped 19 shots for the win.

Howard, making only his second career start, made 33 saves for the Wings, who fall to 18-7-2.

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CALGARY FLAMES: 3

DETROIT RED WINGS: 2


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