SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

FLAMES 3 'CANES 0

SUN THREE STARS

1. Roman Hamrlik, Flames. A rocket of a shot became the goal that made it a two-goal game.

2. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames. Though not too busy all night, he earned his fourth shutout of the season.

3. Jarome Iginla, Flames. A milestone assist was just one of many great plays.

UNSUNG HERO

Flames centre Byron Ritchie was outstanding killing penalties, winning battles in the offensive zone and helping generate scoring chances for his line.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

Storming out of the gates like they did gave the Flames not only a huge edge in play but the offensive start they were looking for. It was their most one-sided first period -- in terms of shots on goal -- this season.

BIG SAVE

Early in the second period, Carolina's Scott Walker went to the front of the net and appeared to have Miikka Kiprusoff deked out for a sure goal but the Flames netminder stuck out his left leg just enough to make the amazing save.

BURNING QUESTION

How do the Flames bottle this kind of performance for a road game?

WHAT IT MEANS

With two games on hand on Minnesota and one on Edmonton, the Flames not only vaulted over Vancouver for eighth spot in the Western Conference but sit two points back of the Northwest Division's co-leaders in the Wild and Oilers.

UP NEXT

The Flames take on the Minnesota Wild, tomorrow, 6 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN 960.


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