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Phoenix Coyotes Boyd Devereaux looks on as Calgary Flames Craig MacDonald celebrates a Flames goal...

Phoenix Coyotes Boyd Devereaux looks on as Calgary Flames Craig MacDonald celebrates a Flames goal and Coyotes Mike Johnson and Paul Mara skate away during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, April 5, 2006.(CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh)

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:02 AM ET

So much for mercy among friends.

On a record-setting night that featured franchise bests being broken and tied by Dion Phaneuf and Miikka Kiprusoff, the Calgary Flames opted not to allow many feel-good moments for a former teammate.

The Flames peppered goaltender Philippe Sauve with 37 shots and, as a result, came away with a lopsided 5-2 victory at the Saddledome last night.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who scored the Flames' second goal with a one-timer through Sauve's legs, said there was no way they were going to take it easy on their old pal.

"I'm sure he didn't want that, either," said Iginla with a laugh. "He was in there battling. Personally, I had a bunch there in the first I'd love to have back."

Sauve played well in the early going but it was a pair of Flames who stole the show.

Phaneuf ripped a one-timer hard and high over Sauve's left shoulder while on the powerplay to give the Flames a 1-0 lead 17:32 into the game.

His 19th of the season, set up by Roman Hamrlik's pass after faking a shot, broke Gary Suter's franchise mark for goals by a rookie defenceman -- even more than legends like Ray Bourque and Denis Potvin.

"The company he's in -- I just saw something on TV the other day -- it's pretty impressive," said Iginla. "It's not just his goals. His physical play, his composure ... it's his whole game. He's been unbelievable here."

The freshman phenom again factored into the scoring on Stephane Yelle's powerplay marker in the second period, moving Phaneuf into a tie with Paul Reinhart for the second-highest point total in franchise history.

But Phaneuf, as usual, was modest afterward.

"It's definitely a great honour to be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys," he said. "But you can't have individual success without the help of your teammates. For sure, guys have been great here. A lot of credit goes to the forwards that stand in front of the net every night to get the screen for us d-men to get the pucks through."

Yelle snapped a 33-game goal drought with his fourth of the season, tipping Phaneuf's point shot past a harried Sauve.

In pay-it-forward fashion, Yelle set up Shean Donovan in the slot to give the Flames a 4-1 lead shortly after Coyotes captain Shane Doan netted his 28th of the year with a one-timer on the powerplay.

Kristian Huselius had an easy tap-in from Daymond Langkow on the powerplay to cap off the scoring.

Kiprusoff had a relatively easy night but came up with huge saves when needed -- most notably on Coyotes winger Bill Thomas with the glove and on Geoff Sanderson with a remarkable leg save.

Sanderson did finally solve the 'keeper but it took a five-on-three advantage to do it, giving the Coyotes hope by cutting the lead to 4-2 seconds after Kiprusoff rejected Thomas for a second time with a leaping stop midway through the final frame.

Kiprusoff's 39th win of the season matches Mike Vernon's mark but the quiet Finn isn't celebrating yet.

"I've been playing lots of games. You have to win some of those," joked Kiprusoff. "It's good. It's the team, not just the goalie, but it's nice to hear all those kinds of things, for sure.

"It's more after the season you can think about those.

"For now, it's time to play. We still need some more wins to be in a great spot when playoffs come."

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CALGARY FLAMES: 5

PHOENIX COYOTES: 2


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