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Flames Game Review

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

THREE STARS

1. Olli Jokinen, Flames -- Now that's a debut to remember. Two goals for the new Flames centre.

2. Michael Cammalleri, Flames -- A goal and two assists for the 'third wheel' on the top line.

3. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- Don't led the one-sided score completely fool you. Big saves were key.

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: A

OFFENCE: A

DEFENCE: A-

GOALTENDING: A

POWERPLAY: A

PENALTY KILL: A

UNSUNG HERO

Jordan Leopold's return was sure a quick reminder just how effective of a player he can be. He was very good killing penalties, made all kinds of on-the-money passes and is a settling influence with partner Dion Phaneuf.

WHY FLAMES WON

Because they outskated, outworked and outplayed a Flyers team sitting fourth in the Eastern Conference.

SAVE OF THE GAME

During an early Flyers powerplay, the hosts had a golden chance when Mike Richards was bearing down on a two-on-one and took the shot. Miikka Kiprusoff came up with the key glove save to keep it scoreless.

SCRATCHES

CALGARY -- LW Todd Bertuzzi (knee), C Daymond Langkow (hand), RW Rene Bourque (ankle), C Wayne Primeau (foot), D Mark Giordano (shoulder), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder), D Adam Pardy.

PHILADELPHIA -- D Derian Hatcher (knee).

NOTABLES

Eric Nystrom had a little extra excitement in his day with a rare chance for his family to be on hand. His father, former New York Islanders favourite Bob, mother, grandmother, sister and girlfriend all made their way from New York City for the game. His father, of course, is not too welcome in the City of Brotherly Love by Flyers fans who still say his Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal was offside. "I told him he should wear those glasses with the big nose -- he already has the moustache -- for a disguise," said the younger Nystrom. He learned how much his dad is disliked in Philadelphia at a young age: "The all-star game was in the Spectrum and he was playing in the Heroes of Hockey game. They announced his name and the whole place booed him. I was young and didn't realize why, but they sure don't forget here."

UP NEXT

TONIGHT: Calgary Flames at Caroline Hurricanes, 5 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN 960.


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