Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS

1. JAROME IGINLA, FLAMES

2. DAYMOND LANGDOW, FLAMES

3. MIKKA KIPRUSOFF, FLAMES

TURNING POINT:

It took 37 seconds for the Flames to put the Ducks in a deep hole early in the third period. And we mean early. Daymond Langkow scored five seconds in and Kristian Huselius 32 seconds later -- with Jarome Iginla providing perfect passes on each -- to give the Flames a 3-0 lead.

SAVE OF THE GAME:

The Ducks were buzzing around the Flames net on the powerplay in the second period, pressing for the equalizer. Joffrey Lupul nearly netted it, too, with his shot aimed at the blocker side during a goal-mouth scramble. But Miikka Kiprusoff stretched his right leg out at an awkward angle to chip away the shot.

HIT OF THE GAME:

It took less than a period for rugged defenceman Rhett Warrener to make his presence felt on the Flames blueline. Joffrey Lupul got caught with his head down as he tried to enter the Flames zone late in the opening frame, Warrener sent him flying with a hard shoulder to the chest.

UNSUNG HERO:

Rhett Warrener was a runaway train in his debut after missing 17 contests with a sprained knee. He stepped up time after time to send Ducks forwards flying.

SCRATCHES:

* CALGARY -- F Marcus Nilson (knee), D Cale Hulse (shoulder), F Chuck Kobasew (groin) and D Jordan Leopold (groin). D Bryan Marchment and F Craig MacDonald sat out with Rhett Warrener and Mike Leclerc returning.

* ANAHEIM -- G David McKee, D Jason Marshall and LW Jeff Friesen.

FIGHT CARD:

None.

BURNING QUESTION:

Did the Ducks fall asleep during the second intermission?

WHAT IT MEANS:

The Flames can clinch the Northwest Division title tomorrow night with a win or overtime/shootout loss when they go head-to-head with the Colorado Avalanche at the 'Dome.

NOTEWORTHY:

Kristian Huselius became the fourth Flame to hit the 20-goal mark with his third-period score ... With left-winger Mike Leclerc coming back from his broken wrist, Lynn Loyns was returned to AHL Omaha yesterday ... The Flames named defenceman Rhett Warrener winner of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award. The award is annually given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service. ... The Ducks played G Ilja Bryzgalov between the pipes, giving J-S Giguere a rest after 15 straight starts.

NEXT GAME: TOMORROW VS. COLORADO, 7 P.M., TV: PPV, FAN 960


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