SUN Hockey Pool

Game over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS

1. ED JOVANOVSKI, CANUCKS

2. MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, FLAMES

3. HENRIK SEDIN, CANUCKS

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TURNING POINT:

Two quick goals midway through the third period gave the Flames a 2-2 tie just when all seemed lost.

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SAVE OF THE GAME:

Already down 2-0 in the second period, Miikka Kiprusoff stole a goal from Daniel Sedin, going from post to post in a heartbeat after the Canucks winger took a quick feed from his brother Henrik Sedin behind the Flames net. At the other end, Alex Auld made a great stop on Roman Hamrlik, who found himself on a breakaway fresh out of the penalty box.

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HARD OF THE GAME:

Mark Giordano had a running start when he drilled Canucks defenceman Nolan Baumgartner behind the Vancouver net in the opening period. Charging in from the high slot, Giordano got all of the much-bigger Baumgartner as he tried to play the puck.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Byron Ritchie's backhand shot in the third period got past Alex Auld and capped off his night of hard work.

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FIGHT CARD:

None.

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SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- D Rhett Warrener (knee), D Cale Hulse (upper-body), D Jordan Leopold (groin), RW Chuck Kobasew (groin), LW Marcus Nilson (knee) and LW Mike Leclerc (wrist) all remained in Calgary for the one-game jaunt. C Lynn Loyns was the only healthy scratch.

VANCOUVER -- D Sami Salo (shoulder), G Dan Cloutier (knee) and Matt Cooke (concussion). LW Tyler Bouck, D Sean Brown and D Wade Brookbank were forced to watch.

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BURNING QUESTION:

How did the Flames end up with a penalty when Jarkko Ruutu knocked Chris Simon into his bench while the big winger was on a change in the first period?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

A second straight playoff berth for the Flames and maintaining a seven-point lead over Colorado for the division crown.

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NOTEWORTHY:

Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who earned his franchise record 40th win of the season Friday night, started his 12th straight game yesterday -- his longest stretch of the year, with no end in sight ... The Canucks tried a superstitious ploy last night by pulling out their vintage jerseys for a little luck. The team was undefeated while dressed in the blue garb, circa the 1970s, this season ... Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ed Jovanovski, who missed 21 games with an abdominal injury that required surgery, returned to the lineup last night but had realistic expectations. "By no means is one player the saviour," said Jovanovski, the game's first star.


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