SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:48 AM ET

GAME DAY

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Miro Satan, Islanders. Three points.

2. Dion Phaneuf, Flames. By far the best defenceman on the ice.

3. Trent Hunter, Islanders. Most effective player from start to end.

TURNING POINT:

While Calgary was on the powerplay, Jordan Leopold couldn't corral the pass at New York's blueline and hooked Arron Asham on the ensuing breakaway. Moments later, Mark Parrish potted the winner on the powerplay.

BIG SAVE:

A pretty three-way play off the rush saw New York's Oleg Kvasha move the puck to Alexei Yashin and then to Miroslav Satan for a golden chance in the slot. Miikka Kiprusoff came across in time to make the huge stop. For good measure, he denied Yashin on the rebound.

HARD HIT:

Jason Blake was battling for the puck along the end boards in Calgary territory when Dion Phaneuf drilled the Islanders winger.

UNSUNG HERO:

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro made his first game back from injury a happy occasion. Though not as busy as Miikka Kiprusoff, DiPietro shut the door when he needed.

FIGHT CARD:

Chris Simon and Eric Godard dropped the gloves in the first period. Score it a draw. They also went at it in the third period. Godard won.

BURNING QUESTION:

How have all those one-goal wins turned into one-goal losses?

WHAT IT MEANS:

A three-game losing streak for the first time this season since opening week.

NOTEWORTHY:

The Flames are now 5-2-1 against Eastern Conference foes ... Calgary is 7-4-2 when tied after two periods.

NEXT GAME: FLAMES AT MINNESOTA WILD

TOMORROW AT 6 P.M., TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960


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