Game Over

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS

1. G Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- A phenomenal game from the Finn.

2. G Ray Emery, Senators -- Made a case for the No. 1 job in Ottawa.

3. D Dion Phaneuf, Flames -- Phaneuf inspired his teammates with a heavy check in the second period.

UNSUNG HERO:

The new goofy red tie went to LW Marcus Nilson but C Matthew Lombardi deserves the nod for his best game of the regular season. His mucking in the corner led to Jarome Iginla's game-winning goal.

WHY THE FLAMES WON:

Spectacular goaltending by Miikka Kiprusoff, a spinning backhand from Jarome Iginla and a heavy response to the Senators' early hit-fest.

HUGE HIT:

Big d-man Dion Phaneuf threw the hit of the season, catching Senators F Denis Hamel with his head down at the Flames blueline and sent the 6-ft. 1-in., 200-pounder sprawling through the air before he crash-landed on his back. Hamel and tough guy Chris Neil went after Phaneuf following the next whistle and likely caught an earful of gloating from the super sophomore.

FIGHT CARD

None but there were plenty of post-whistle scrums.

BURNING QUESTION:

Will the Flames carry the momentum into the Air Canada Centre tomorrow against the Maple Leafs and sweep the Ontario stretch of their four-gameEastern road swing?

WHAT IT MEANS:

Calgary wins the battle of the beleaguered clubs and sends the Ottawa Senators deeper into their sub-.500 start.

SCRATCHES:

CALGARY -- C Byron Ritchie (healthy), D Rhett Warrener (knee).

OTTAWA -- D Joe Corvo (foot), C Alexei Kaigorodov (healthy).

UP NEXT:

Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs, tomorrow, 5 p.m., CBC, FAN 960


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