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Game over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:38 PM ET

NEXT GAME: FLAMES AT PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

TUESDAY AT 5 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

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SUN THREE-STAR SELECTION:

1. Kristian Huselius, Flames. Three assists in his Flames debut.

2. Daymond Langkow, Flames. A pair of goals when his team needed them.

3. Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins. Kept his team in the game.

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TURNING POINT:

Daymond Langkow's two goals within a couple of minutes of each other early in the third period broke open what was a tied contest after 40 minutes.

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BIG SAVE:

Take your pick, seeing as both goalies bailed out their defences on several occasions. Among Miikka Kiprusoff's best came just after the Flames opened the scoring, denying Mario Lemieux on a bang-bang play from the doorstep.

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HARD HIT:

Only a couple of minutes into the game, Sidney Crosby drove to the net with the puck and was steered into the end boards and slammed by Robyn Regehr. Crosby gingerly made his way to the bench but returned and showed his magic.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Jordan Leopold bounced back from an 11-minute performance Thursday night in Detroit with a very strong effort on the Flames blueline.

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SCRATCHES:

Flames: Matthew Lombardi (ankle) was joined by D Bryan Marchement, C Jason Wiemer and C Craig MacDonald.

Pens: F Ziggy Palffy (groin), F John Leclair (hip flexor) joined a Pens injured brigade that also includes LW Andre Roy (fractured orbital bone) and RW Michel Ouellet (back spasms). D Lyle Odelein was a healthy scratch.

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BURNING QUESTION:

What prevented the Flames from putting in a full 60 minutes against a struggling Penguins squad that could have been easily beat with an early jump?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

Vancouver has a game in hand but Calgary vaults over the Canucks for top spot in the Northwest Division with a 16-9-3 record.

The Flames also won in Pittsburgh for the first time since Feb. 12, 1989, snapping a lengthy 0-10-2 dry spell.

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NOTEWORTHY:

Newly acquired Kristian Huselius made his debut wearing No. 20 and started on a line with former Panthers teammate Marcus Nilson and Jarome Iginla ... In his previous 13 games against the Penguins, Huselius had amassed seven goals and 11 assists ... Mark Recchi played his 1,200th NHL clash ... Mario Lemieux said he'd like to see refs become a little more vigilant again: "It's not the same game we saw the first few weeks of the season."

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UP NEXT:

Calgary at Philadelphia Flyers, Tuesday 5 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN 960.


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