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Calgary Flames Matthew Lombardi, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates Chuck Kobasew, left,...

Calgary Flames Matthew Lombardi, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates Chuck Kobasew, left, and Robyn Regehr during first period NHL hockey action against the Detroit Red Wings in Calgary, Friday, Nov. 17, 2006.The Flames beat the Red Wings 4-1.(CP PHOTO/Jeff McIntosh) CANADA

RANDY SPORTAK -- CALGARY SUN

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

Chalk up another streak annihilated by the Calgary Flames.

Having handed Anaheim its first regulation-time loss of the season a week earlier, the red-hot Flames played giant killer again by snapping Detroit's nine-game winning streak with authority, posting a 4-1 victory last night.

It was as one-sided an affair as the score indicates.

In a battle of the NHL's two hottest squads, the Flames extended their win spree to six games with arguably their most impressive victory of the campaign before a Saddledome sellout crowd of 19,289 that enjoyed every minute of it.

It's hard to pick out what was the most impressive part of Calgary's game against what has been the league's hottest team.

Pick a part of the game -- any part -- and the check mark belongs on the Flames' side of the ledger.

Special teams? Check.

Physical play? Check.

Goaltending? Forced turnovers? Scoring chances?

Check. Check. Check.

Undoubtedly knowing a match with the Red Wings would be viewed as a litmus test -- even for a team on an impressive winning streak of its own -- the Flames stormed out of the gate on a night that had great atmosphere before the puck dropped.

Right from the start, the hosts were able to take Detroit off its puck-possession game by winning battles for loose pucks and handing out one hard bodycheck after another.

It finally paid off with a powerplay goal seven minutes into the game.

Roman Hamrlik fired a point shot that Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek managed to get a piece of but couldn't contain.

With Hasek flat on his back and tangled with both his own defencemen and Flames forward Chuck Kobasew, Kristian Huselius grabbed the loose puck and scored his fourth goal in five outings.

The powerplay was at it again for Calgary with four minutes remaining in the first. As he headed to the net, Matthew Lombardi was fed a pretty pass from Huselius -- who was parked behind the net -- and roofed a backhand from in tight to double the lead.

The rout was on with Daymond Langkow's tally 71 seconds into the second.

Upon playing give-and-go with Alex Tanguay and setting up shop deep in the right faceoff circle, Langkow one-timed a sharp-angled shot Hasek couldn't get across the net in time to stop.

Dion Phaneuf salted it away with his team's third powerplay goal of the game -- a season high -- with less than seven minutes left.

After cutting between a pair of Detroit defenders while on the rush, Phaneuf unloaded a bullet of a wrist shot from the high slot that Hasek didn't seem to find until it was bouncing off the twine behind him.

The only downer was that Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was denied back-to-back shutouts when Dan Cleary scored a powerplay goal with 41 seconds left.

Still, Kiprusoff, who stopped 29 shots, set a franchise record with a shutout string of 160 minutes and 27 seconds, just edging out the old mark of 160:07 set by Fred Brathwaite in March 2001.

Kiprusoff has also racked up 214:23 run without surrendering a goal on Saddledome ice.


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