Game over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:29 AM ET

NEXT GAME: MONTREAL CANADIENS AT FLAMES

THURSDAY AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

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SUN THREE STARS:

1. Daymond Langkow, Flames -- Goal and an assist.

2. Marian Gaborik, Wild -- Hauled down on two breakaways and was the most dangerous player.

3. Jarome Iginla, Flames -- Key goal part of a complete game.

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TURNING POINT:

Jarome Iginla's tie-breaking goal early in the third period, coming off hard work from himself and Matthew Lombardi.

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BIG SAVE:

Early in the second period, and with Calgary down a goal, Miikka Kiprusoff was staring at a wide-open Marian Gaborik in the slot. Kiprusoff made the clutch stop and, seconds later, Daymond Langkow tied the game.

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HARDEST HIT:

Rhett Warrner had Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard lined up in the neutral zone. The only problem is Boogaard has five inches and more than 50 lb. on the Flames defenceman. Warrener went crashing to the ice while Boogaard fell like a redwood.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Miikka Kiprusoff didn't have to make a ton of saves but was there when his team needed it, especially when the Wild had several powerplay chances through the first 40 minutes.

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FIGHT CARD:

Chris Simon duked it out with Derek Boogaard. Simon threw the only punches that connected -- three straight to the beak -- so give him the edge.

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SCRATCHES:

* CALGARY -- C Jason Wiemer was the lone scratch. D Roman Hamrlik (knee) is day-to-day, while D Bryan Marchment (knee) and C Byron Ritchie (knee) are out indefinitely.

* WILD -- D Brent Burns, RW Alexandre Daigle and D Alex Henry (healthy scratches).

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BURNING QUESTION:

Is that the end of prolonged losing skids for the Flames?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

The victory keeps the Flames ahead of the field in the ultra-tight Northwest Division standings.

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NOTABLES:

Brian Rolston's high stick to the mouth sent Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener to the dressing room minus a tooth midway through the second period. There was no penalty called.


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