Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

NEXT GAME: CALGARY FLAMES AT EDMONTON OILERS, THURSDAY AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET

SUN THREE STARS:

1. Jarome Iginla, Flames. Two goals in his best performance of the season.

2. Joe Sakic, Avalanche. His goal early in the third period sparked the Avs.

3. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames. So many key saves in the third period.

TURNING POINT:

Bryan Marchment's first goal of the season, a wrister from the blueline that eluded Peter Budaj only 84 seconds after Jarome Iginla opened the scoring, sent the Flames to their best effort of the season.

BIG SAVE:

Calgary was already up 3-0 when Robyn Regehr slipped in from the point. He figured he had a sure goal when he took a pass from Kristian Huselius and was staring at an open net. The sure thing was denied because Peter Budaj stuck out his right leg to make the highlight-reel stop.

HARD HIT:

Darren McCarty set the game's tone early. On his second shift, the Flames winger became a projectile missile upon spying Milan Hejduk in a race with him for a loose puck. Hejduk reached it first but was splattered into the boards.

UNSUNG HERO:

Tony Amonte not only deserved to snap his scoring drought -- video replay couldn't prove he jammed a rebound offering home late in the first period -- but he also made a couple of huge blocks on point shots late in the second period.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- Joining D Roman Hamrlik (hand) and D Rhett Warrener (knee) were LW Mike Leclerc and C Byron Ritchie.

AVS -- C Cody McCormick and C Brad Richardson were sat. Out were G Jose Theodore (heel), RW Marek Svatos (shoulder), LW Steve Konowalchuk (wrist) and D Ossi Vaananen (leg).

BURNING QUESTION:

Is this the launching pad for a better Flames team down the stretch?

WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary leapfrogs the Avs by one point for top spot in the Northwest Division and still has three games in hand. Vancouver, which lost in Dallas last night, sits five points back of Calgary.


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