Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

NEXT GAME: BUFFALO SABRES AT FLAMES

TOMORROW AT 7 P.M., TV: NONE, RADIO: FAN 960

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Jarome Iginla, Flames. Two goals and an assist in a dominating performance.

2. Dion Phaneuf, Flames. Rookie defenceman keeps getting better and better.

3. Darren McCarty, Flames. Another great, gritty performance from the grinder.

TURNING POINT:

Taking advantage of a five-on-three powerplay, Daymond Langkow broke open what had been a tied game 15 minutes into the first period with a nifty deflection of Dion Phaneuf's point shot.

SAVE OF THE GAME:

Shortly after the Flames equaled the score 1-1 in the first period, Montreal forward Jan Bulis has a golden rebound chance.

He cut across the crease and sent a backhand on net only to watch Miikka Kiprusoff reach out and grab it with his trapper.

HIT OF THE NIGHT:

Calgary's Rhett Warrener set the tone early, corking Craig Rivet with a bone-crushing hit just outside the Flames blueline in the opening minutes.

It set the tone for a hard-hitting clash.

UNSUNG HERO:

Andrew Ference. Called out last week by GM/head coach Darryl Sutter, the defenceman set up the Flames first goal in a strong outing.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik (knee) is inching closer to a return but wasn't able to go after the morning skate, leaving C Jason Wiemer the lone healthy viewer. D Bryan Marchment (knee) and C Byron Ritchie (knee) remain sidelined indefinitely.

CANADIENS -- D Andrei Markov (shoulder), LW Tomas Plekanec (knee), LW Andrei Kastsitsyn and D Jean-Philippe Cote were all out.

BURNING QUESTION:

What will it take for the Flames to pull away from the pack in the division?

WHAT IT MEANS:

A key two points for Calgary in the tightly contested Northwest Division that had the top four squads in action.

Montreal failed to pull closer to a playoff spot and still trails Toronto, New Jersey and Tampa Bay.


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