Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Jarome Iginla, Flames: Two goals and a fight to spark his team.

2. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames: Stayed focused and was stellar when called upon.

3. Shean Donovan, Flames: Got the Flames off on the right foot with the game-opening goal.

TURNING POINT:

Jarome Iginla's giftwrapped powerplay goal less than a minute into the second period gave the Flames a critical two-goal lead, a big edge when you consider how strong their defensive play was and how G Miikka Kiprusoff was performing.

BIG SAVE:

Early in the third period, Scott Young's long point shot was deflected by Keith Tkachuk but Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff stuck out his leg in time to make the clutch stop that prevented the visitors from pulling within one.

HARD HIT:

Flames D Rhett Warrener, while his team was shorthanded, plastered Blues D Kevin Dallman into the boards right in front of the Flames bench.

UNSUNG HERO:

Flames D Jordan Leopold was a workhorse, logging more than 24 minutes of ice time, during which he registered four hits, five shots on goal and three blocked shots.

SCRATCHES:

FLAMES -- D Roman Hamrlik (hand) was joined by F Byron Ritchie, D Bryan Marchment and F Jason Wiemer.

ST. LOUIS -- F Petr Cajanek (wrist), D Bryce Salvador and D Dennis Wideman were out of the lineup. Back home with injuries were D Eric Brewer (shoulder), G Jason Bacashihua (shoulder), F Jeff Hoggan (collar bone) and F Jamal Mayers (foot).

BURNING QUESTION:

Is this a game that Jarome Iginla will use to become a dominating force down the stretch?

WHAT IT MEANS:

With Vancouver losing to the Predators, the Flames once again have top spot in the Northwest Division all to themselves, with two games in hand on a Canucks team two points back.

NOTABLE:

Calgary held the Blues to two shots on goal in the first period, the second time this season that's been done.


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