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Game over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

NEXT GAME: NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT FLAMES

TUESDAY AT 7 P.M., TV: PAY-PER-VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960

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SUN'S THREE STARS:

1. G Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- Stole the show with a 10-save burst while shorthanded in the first.

2. F Chris Simon, Flames -- Scored the winning goal in the first.

3. F Jarome Iginla, Flames -- Critical insurance marker late in the third highlighted a strong two-way effort.

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TURNING POINT:

With the Sharks enjoying a 5-on-3 advantage in the first period, Miikka Kiprusoff made six great saves -- stopping Patrick Marleau twice and Jonathan Cheechoo on another hard slapper -- to help the Flames keep their 1-0 lead. It seemed to deflate the potent Sharks.

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HARD HIT:

The Flames hit the trifecta midway through the first period. Stephane Yelle kicked things off with a shoulder-to-shoulder check that rocked d-man Tom Preissing in the corner. Seconds later, Dion Phaneuf sent big Steve Bernier flying on the opposite side, then Jason Wiemer sent Christian Erhoff over the Sharks bench to cap things off.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Chuck Kobasew was a bundle of energy while playing on a line with Stephane Yelle and Marcus Nilson. He also drew a couple of penalties with his hard work.

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SCRATCHES:

* CALGARY -- D Roman Hamrlik (hand), F Kristian Huselius (flu), F Byron Ritchie and D Cale Hulse.

* SAN JOSE -- F Scott Parker (head), D Rob Davison and D Jim Fahey.

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BURNING QUESTION:

When will Jordan Leopold, who seems to be making an effort to step up his offensive game, finally break the goose egg in his goal column?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

The Flames take a two-point lead over Vancouver in the tight Northwest Division and put a little more space between themselves and the Colorado Avalanche.

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NOTEWORTHY:

Flames defenceman Jordan Leopold played his 200th NHL game ... The San Jose Sharks have now killed 27 straight penalties, including seven last night ... Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter told CBC's Hockey Night in Canada the chances of a trade were "slim to none" but that didn't stop Dave Lewis, the former Detroit head coach now scouting for the Wings, from taking in his third straight game at the 'Dome since the Olympic break.


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