SUN THREE STARS
1. JAROME IGINLA, FLAMES
2. DION PHANEUF, FLAMES
3. CRAIG CONROY, KINGS
Jarome Iginla's shorthanded goal late in the second period gave the Flames a more secure two-goal lead and turned out to be the winner.
With the Flames up 1-0, Jason Labarbara stopped Shean Donovan on a breakaway in the dying seconds of the first period after the speedy winger chipped a pass to himself off the boards and into the zone.
Jarome Iginla's hit on Sean Avery in the first merits consideration but Dion Phaneuf's pasting of Jeff Cowan late in the period was hands-down the hardest of the night. Cowan had a full head of steam as he approached the Flames blueline, where Phaneuf's shoulder sent him flying into the boards from four feet away. Phaneuf later made a similar hit on Avery, to the crowd's delight.
Shean Donovan used his speed to produce a couple of scoring chances and worked hard on the penalty kill when given an opportunity.
Chris Simon negotiated a heavyweight battle with big George Parros in the first period, shortly before the Flames' first goal. Simon started off with a quick left and took it to Parros before tossing his opponent to the ice when he'd had enough.
* CALGARY -- D Cale Hulse, F Marcus Nilson (knee), D Rhett Warrener (knee) and F Mike Leclerc (wrist).
* LOS ANGELES -- F Konstantin Pushkarev, F Jeff Giuliano, D Nathan Dempsey, D Aaron Miller (back), C Derek Armstrong (back), Pavol Demitra (concussion), Val Bure (back) and Ryan Flinn (concussion).
Can the Flames do the same to the Avs tomorrow night with the outright division lead on the line?
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Flames reclaim top spot over Colorado in the Northwest Division by virtue of their game in hand.
D Mike Weaver's high stick around the Kings net poked Jamie Lundmark near the eye during the second period but no penalty was called. Lundmark didn't return to the game. Weaver was expecting to be scratched for an eighth straight game but Aaron Miller's wonky back gave the blueliner a chance to start for the first time since March 11 ... The Flames penalty kill ranked second in the league at home heading into last night's game ... Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener, who missed his 11th straight game last night with a sprained knee, said he's experiencing no ill-effects after his first skate Tuesday.
NEXT GAME: TOMORROW VS. COLORADO, 7:30 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960