Game over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS

1. MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, Flames

2. DION PHANEUF, Flames

3. JOSE THEODORE, Avs

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TURNING POINT:

Yet another five-on-three penalty kill swung things the Flames' way. Shortly after Miikka Kiprusoff and his mates rejected an outpouring of offence during the disadvantage, Dion Phaneuf scored the opening goal at the other end.

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SAVE OF THE GAME:

During a five-on-three Avs advantage, Miikka Kiprusoff stabbed Andrew Brunette's point-blank shot away with the blocker. Making the stop more difficult was the fact Daymond Langkow blocked an initial shot and the puck was loose among a host of bodies in front when Brunette snapped it up.

A flashy glove stop on a Rob Blake one-timer and split save on Pierre Turgeon in the third period get honourable mentions.

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HIT OF THE GAME:

Not sure who came out on the losing end of the collision when Andrew Ference and Dan Hinote ran into each other head-on in the Flames zone in the opening minutes. Both players flew backwards and hit the deck.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Chris Simon did much of the work on Dion Phaneuf's goal, digging along the boards to fish out the puck and send it wide to the rookie defenceman.

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FIGHT CARD:

None.

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TURNING POINT:

CALGARY -- LW Marcus Nilson (knee), RW Chuck Kobasew (groin), D Jordan Leopold (groin) and D Cale Hulse (shoulder). D Bryan Marchment and F Craig MacDonald were the odd men out.

COLORADO -- RW Brad May (groin), D Ossi Vaananen (ankle), LW Steve Konowalchuk (wrist) and RW Marek Svatos (shoulder). G Vitaliy Kolesnik and D Bob Boughner were healthy scratches.

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BURNING QUESTION:

Will the Flames give Miikka Kiprusoff a rest with the division title wrapped up?

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WHAT IT MEANS:

Home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

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NOTABLES:

Dion Phaneuf's second-period goal put him in elite company. He's only the third defenceman to score 20 or more as a rookie. Brian Leetch scored 23 for the New York Rangers in 1988-89, while Barry Beck potted 22 for the Colorado Rockies in 1977-78 ... Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr and Pay-Per-View host Mark Stiles were presented with the inaugural J.R. McCaig Award, which honours owner J.R. (Bud) McCaig, who died a year ago after a long battle with cancer. Both a player and staff member will receive the annual award by displaying the characteristics McCaig was known for -- respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals.


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