SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:21 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Dion Phaneuf, Flames. Game-winning goal and a helper from the rookie.

2. Roman Hamrlik, Flames. Rebounded from a bad first few shifts with a goal and two assists.

3. Radim Vrbata, 'Hawks. Two points. An offensive bright light.

TURNING POINT:

Late in the first, Calgary was trailing by a pair when Roman Hamrlik's wrist shot from the top of the circle pulled the Flames within one goal.

BIG SAVE:

A neutral-zone turnover allowed Chicago's Andy Hilbert to speed away down the wing and fire a threatening shot on goal but Miikka Kiprusoff made the save and corralled the rebound attempt.

HARDEST HIT:

Jarome Iginla and Tyler Arnason were battling for the puck deep in Chicago territory when Iginla sent the 'Hawks forward flying backward with a hard shove.

UNSUNG HERO:

While Dion Phaneuf was in the sin bin and Robyn Regehr was being stitched, the remaining four defencemen did a masterful job killing a second-period penalty that kept the game tied. Not long after, the Flames pulled even.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- C Jason Wiemer sat. D Bryan Marchment and C Byron Ritchie (knee).

BLACKHAWKS -- C Mikael Holmqvist and D Todd Simpson joined RW Eric Daze (back), C Tuomo Ruutu (ankle) and G Nikolai Khabibulin.

WHAT IT MEANS:

An end to a two-game losing streak and a regained two-point bulge on Vancouver in the division.

BURNING QUESTION:

Has Calgary stopped playing down to their opponents? The Flames looked like a team that's 25 points ahead of the 'Hawks.

NOTABLE:

Chicago captain Adrian Aucoin left the game in the first period after appearing to injure his shoulder.

COMING IN:

St. Louis has dropped games to Phoenix and Dallas after stunning Vancouver 4-0 one week ago. This is the first of four meetings. Calgary won the last two clashes, both at the Savvis Center, late in the 2003-04 season ... Mike Sillinger is the hottest sniper in the NHL, with eight goals in a seven-game streak ... LW Keith Tkachuk, out since Dec. 17 with a broken finger, is day-to-day and is doubtful.

NEXT GAME: CALGARY FLAMES AT ST. LOUIS BLUES

TONIGHT AT 6 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960


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