SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

NEXT GAME: CALGARY FLAMES AT N.Y. ISLANDERS

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

SUN'S THREE STARS:

1. PETR SYKORA, Rangers -- One goal, one assist, one heck of a Rangers debut.

2. HENRIK LUNDQVIST, Rangers -- Several key stops prevented the Flames from running away.

3. ROBYN REGEHR, Flames -- Did an amazing job shutting out Jaromir Jagr.

TURNING POINT:

With Calgary up 2-0 early in the second period, Henrik Lundqvist robbed Jarome Iginla from in close, a key stop that would have salted away the game.

Instead, the Rangers went up the ice and got on the scoreboard, which sent them off to the races.

BIG SAVE:

In the middle of the first period, Miikka Kiprusoff stopped the first shot during a Rangers powerplay and was in trouble while Steve Rucchin tried a wraparound, only able to desperately dive back. Fortunately for the Flames goalie, Roman Hamrlik reached out with his stick and whacked away the biscuit before it crossed the line.

HARD HIT:

Steven Reinprecht was working his way in front of the Flames bench and had his back to the wall when Ryan Hollweg came flying into him, nearly sending the Flames forward tumbling into his teammates' laps.

UNSUNG HERO:

Ville Nieminen. The former Flames pest was part of the comeback created by the momentum gained by New York's third and fourth lines. He also set up the game winner.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- C Jason Wiemer and D Richie Regehr were the healthy viewers, with D Bryan Marchment (knee) and C Byron Ritchie (knee) back in Calgary.

RANGERS -- C Blair Betts (knee) was joined by RW Colton Orr and LW Marcel Hossa.

BURNING QUESTION:

When does Jarome Iginla take over a game?

WHAT IT MEANS:

A second straight loss for the first time in more than two months. It also snaps Calgary's near perfect record against the east.

NOTEWORTHY

D Roman Hamrlik returned to the lineup after missing a dozen games due to a knee injury ... Despite nursing a sore foot from taking a Sami Salo slapshot on the laces, RW Darren McCarty played ... D Rhett Warrener played his 600th NHL game.


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