SUN Hockey Pool

Ducks cooked in five seconds

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

A shutout record, we'd expect from this year's Calgary Flames.

A new standard for victories by a goaltender is no surprise either in this season of success.

But who would have guessed the offensively challenged Flames would establish a new offensive mark, too?

Needing to spark a listless affair through two periods, Daymond Langkow lit the match and Kristian Huselius ignited the blaze early -- very early -- in the third period to give the Flames a 3-0 victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks last night at the Saddledome.

Holding a one-goal lead through 40 minutes of an affair that had lulled the sellout crowd of 19,289 into a slumber, Langkow set a franchise record for fastest goal to start a period five seconds into the final frame.

Pushing the puck forward on the faceoff, Langkow played give-and-go with Jarome Iginla before slipping a backhand over Ducks netminder Ilya Bryzgalov.

It was, Langkow admitted, a planned play.

"We talked about going forward with it," he said of an intermission discussion.

"We didn't have a lot of time on the powerplay, so we didn't want to take it back (into their own zone) and take our time. We wanted to get it in there.

"Iggy got a good jump, we both got a good jump, and two-on-oned that defenceman and got a goal out of it."

Calgary's old mark was seven seconds, set in October 1982.

The NHL record for fastest goal to start a period is four seconds, achieved by Montreal's Claude Povost Nov. 9, 1957, and Chicago's Denis Savard Jan. 16, 1986.

The buzz from Langkow's tally was still reverberating through the 'Dome when Huselius capped the night with his goal 32 seconds later.

Huselius perfectly executed a two-on-one rush with Iginla for his 20th goal of the season.

"That was a good feeling," Iginla said.

"Juice (Huselius) sets us up all year, is a very good playmaker. It's nice to see him get his 20th."

Chris Simon also tallied for the Flames (45-24-10), who beat one of the league's hottest clubs.

Said Huselius: "We're getting closer to the playoffs and you never know, we might play them. It was a big game for us and a shutout was bigger for us."

Of course, the Flames aren't going to stray too far from their defensive game, especially with goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff rounding nicely into playoff form.

Thanks to a 32-save performance, Kiprusoff upped his league-leading goose-egg total to nine.

Calgary needs just one more point in its remaining three games, or the Colorado Avalanche to come up short in its trio of clashes left on the docket, to win the Northwest Division crown.

The Flames host the Avalanche tomorrow (7 p.m., PPV) with the chance to claim the franchise's first regular-season pennant since the 1994-95 campaign.

"This is a big step closer," Iginla said.

"We have the opportunity within one game to clinch our division, which we've been fighting for all year.

"It's been a good challenge, all the teams have been so close. We have a chance in our control to get a win and clinch it."


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