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Game over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:43 AM ET

NEXT GAME: BOSTON BRUINS AT CALGARY FLAMES

SATURDAY AT 8 P.M., TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960

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SUN THREE STARS:

1. Daymond Langkow, Flames

2. Tony Amonte, Flames

3. Ray Emery, Senators

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TURNING POINT:

Calgary F Tony Amonte's 400th NHL goal knotted the game with 7:20 to play in regulation, salvaging a critical point that allowed the Flames to stay ahead of Vancouver atop the Northwest Division.

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BIG SAVE:

G Miikka Kiprusoff had to be sharp when both D Andrew Ference and F Jarome Iginla chased F Daniel Alfredsson, allowing the Sens captain to feed giant d-man Zdeno Chara for a short breakaway. Chara lumbered in on Kiprusoff with five minutes to play in the second period but the Flames netminder got his body in front of the shot.

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HARDEST HIT:

Senators D Anton Volchenkov hammered F Kristian Huselius into the corner seven minutes into the opening period. Huselius turned away from the check at the last minute and went face-first into the glass.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Speedy Flames F Shean Donovan looked determined to make something happen in the third period. His long pass to a wide-open Tony Amonte on the Sens goalmouth in the third sent the game to OT.

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FIGHT CARD:

None.

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SCRATCHES:

* CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee) is out indefinitely. F Jason Wiemer and F Craig MacDonald were healthy spectators.

* OTTAWA -- D Wade Redden (knee) is close to returning but sat out. F Martin Havlat (shoulder) hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

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BURNING QUESTION:

Why haven't these guys all learned to keep their sticks below their waists? The number of stick-related penalties was atrocious.

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WHAT IT MEANS:

The Flames jump back into the Northwest Division lead and can take pride knowing their defensive scheme is capable of shutting down the most potent of offences.

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NOTEWORTHY:

The Senators are averaging 4.4 goals per game, two more than the Flames.


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