SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK, CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Dion Phaneuf, Flames -- Two goals gives the rookie 14 on the season.

2. Dennis Wideman, Blues -- Blueliner had a goal and an assist.

3. Andrew Ference, Flames -- A goal, an assist and loads of ice time.

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TURNING POINT:

A penalty to Barret Jackman in overtime gave the Flames a golden chance, a four-on-three powerplay. Dion Phaneuf wired a one-timer slapshot for his second of the game to make the difference.

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BIG SAVE:

Early in the second period, while the score was tied, Blues forward Lee Stempniak deflected a Scott Young point shot but Calgary goaltender Brian Boucher stuck out his leg in time to make the clutch stop.

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HARD HIT:

St. Louis defenceman Matt Walker was closing in on a loose puck in the first period when Darren McCarty came barrelling into the picture and sent him crashing to the ice.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Goalie Brian Boucher made his first start with the Flames a success.

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SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- C Jason Wiemer sat along with C Byron Ritchie (knee), D Roman Hamrlik (hand) and D Bryan Marchment (knee).

BLUES -- The sick bay included D Eric Brewer (shoulder), RW Jamal Mayers (foot), RW Jeff Hoggan (collarbone), D Bryce Salvador (shoulder) and G Jason Bacashihua (shoulder). C Trent Whitfield and D Steve Poapst were iced.

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BURNING QUESTION:

What is it about the Blues that gives the Flames so much trouble?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary maintains its hold on top spot in the Northwest Division and it won't be relinquished before the break no matter what happens.

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NOTEWORTHY:

Brian Boucher made his Flames debut and started for the first time since Jan. 24. He did play one period in mop-up duty while still with Phoenix on Jan. 31 ... Mike Leclerc recorded his first point as a Flame by assisting Andrew Ference's second-period goal ... Calgary enters the break with 33 wins and 73 points after 57 games. Those are the third-best totals at that juncture of the season in franchise history. In 1988-89, the Flames had 38 wins and 84 points after 57 games, while they had 34 wins and 74 points in 1987-88 ... Shean Donovan's first-period assist leaves him one short for 100 in his career.

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NEXT GAME: VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT FLAMES

FEB. 28 AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960


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