Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:54 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. G Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- Who needs scoring when Kiprusoff is on his game.

2. F Jarome Iginla, Flames -- Best player on the ice, other than his goaltender, in the last half.

3. G Marty Turco, Stars -- Wasn't busy early but kept his team in the game as the Flames pushed for insurance goal.

TURNING POINT:

Once again, the Flames penalty-killing crew -- anchored by Miikka Kiprusoff's clutch saves -- came to the rescue during more than a minute of 5-on-3 time, followed by another three minutes of Jordan Leopold's double-minor for cutting Jason Arnott with a high stick in the third period while protecting a 1-0 lead.

SAVE OF THE GAME:

Shean Donovan raced down the right wing early in the third period and ripped a slapshot at Marty Turco from 10 ft. away. Turco was quick with the glove to make the save. Miikka Kiprusoff outdid him during a 5-on-3 Stars advantage in similar fashion when he went into the splits to snag Mike Modano's blast from the point with Brenden Morrow providing a screen.

HIT OF THE GAME:

Dion Phaneuf was being lined up in the corner by Stars banger Brenden Morrow early in the first period. But Phaneuf turned the tide and knocked the attacking forward face-first into the glass, to the delight of the 19,289 at the Saddledome.

UNSUNG HERO:

Defenceman Robyn Regehr logged a lot of minutes and was solid against the Stars' top players, especially while shorthanded.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Rhett Warrener (knee) joined D Roman Hamrlik (hand) and C Byron Ritchie. C Jamie Lundmark is expected to join the team today.

STARS -- D Patrick Traverse (ankle), RW Nathan Perrott, LW Jaroslav Svoboda were out. D Willie Mitchell -- acquired from Minnesota earlier in the day -- didn't make it to Calgary in time.

BURNING QUESTION:

If Calgary can keep winning games in that fashion, will the lack of scoring touch be forgotten by the playoffs?

WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary keeps its one-point lead over Colorado heading into a home-and-home series on back-to-back nights Sunday and Monday.

NOTABLE:

Flames penalty killers have gone five consecutive games without allowing a goal against. They've killed the last 37 stemming back to the first game after the Olympic break.

NEXT GAME: FLAMES AT COLORADO AVALANCHE

SUNDAY AT 1 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960


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