SUN Hockey Pool

Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

SUN THREE STARS

1. Byron Ritchie, Flames -- A goal, great blocked shot and a wicked hit on Nick Schultz.

2. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- An understated top-notch effort.

3. Robyn Regehr, Flames -- Logged a ton of ice time and set up the opening goal.

UNSUNG HERO

Daymond Langkow's goal was a pretty deflection but he also provided several key, nearly unseen plays, blocking shots, stealing pucks and winning a vast majority of his draws.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They patiently stuck to their game plan, received good goaltending when they needed it and won the special teams battle in a big way.

HUGE SAVE

Brian Rolston gave everything he's got from the top of the slot but Miikka Kiprusoff flashed his glove hand to the crowd's delight.

FIGHT CARD

Immediately after the Flames opened the scoring, Eric Godard dropped the mitts with Wild's Derek Boogaard. Godard popped the bigger Boogaard several times for the decision and forced him from the game.

BURNING QUESTION

Who'll be next to come from Omaha and have an immediate impact on the Flames?

WHAT IT MEANS

Ending their homestand with five wins in six games, Calgary is one point back of Vancouver for the Northwest Division lead, with two games in hand. Minny is now three points back of the Flames.

NOTABLES

Dustin Boyd, Richie Regehr and Curtis McElhinney were chosen for the AHL's all-star game, even though Boyd -- with 30 points in 30 games for Omaha -- is in the NHL and Regehr is on the shelf with a concussion ... Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff recorded his 100th NHL victory.

UP NEXT

Flames at Colorado Avalanche, tomorrow, 7 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN 960.


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