NEXT GAME: TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AT FLAMES,
FRIDAY AT 7 P.M., S'NET
SUN THREE STARS:
1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames. Several highlight saves among his 35.
2. Kyle Calder, 'Hawks. The most dangerous forward from start to finish.
3. Darren McCarty, Flames. Twice turned the tide of the game.
Nearing the midway point of the third period with the score even, Darren McCarty beat 'Hawks defenceman Jassen Cullimore to a potential icing, won the battle along the end boards and passed to a wide-open Matthew Lombardi at the front of the net for the game-winner.
A cross-ice pass had Tuomo Ruutu ready to strike gold in the third period only to be denied as Miikka Kiprusoff came across the crease.
In the first period, Bryan Marchment stepped up and drilled new 'Hawks forward Radim Vrbata in the neutral zone. It set the tone for several bone-crunchers.
Jarome Iginla had his best game in weeks. On top of his goal, the Flames captain had three hits and three takeaways.
Darren McCarty and Matthew Barnaby didn't get majors but did duke it out. Give the decision to McCarty, who was trying to spark his listless teammates. Late in the first period, Dion Phaneuf danced with Mark Bell. Score it a draw.
CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee), LW Tony Amonte (ribs), D Rhett Warrener (ribs) and C Stephane Yelle (foot).
BLACKHAWKS -- C Mikael Holmqvist, C Andy Hilbert and D Todd Simpson were sat, while D Brent Seabrook (knee), G Nikolai Khabibulin (groin) and RW Eric Daze (back) were all out.
Why has the injury bug suddenly hit the Calgary Flames?
WHAT IT MEANS:
A gritty win, No. 3 in a row, with one more game at the 'Dome before the Flames begin a stretch with nine of 11 on the road.
After taking a late hit from Tuomo Ruutu early in the first period, Marcus Nilson was on the ice for a few minutes and then headed to the dressing room. He didn't return.