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Flames Game Review

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

THREE STARS

1. Ray Whitney, Hurricanes -- A trio of goals gave him the 300th of his career.

2. Sergei Samsonov, Hurricanes -- One goal and one helper for the mercurial talent.

3. Erik Cole, Hurricanes -- Nice return with a goal. Where was that in Edmonton?

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: D

OFFENCE: D

DEFENCE: D

GOALTENDING: C

POWERPLAY: D

PENALTY KILL: D

UNSUNG HERO

Carolina's Eric Staal was eked out for star honours, but was at his best with a couple of points and more than a half-dozen shots on goal.

WHY FLAMES LOST

Simply because they were outworked, outhit, outskated, out-everythinged by a Carolina team that's desperate to make the playoffs. People will pin it on goalie Curtis McElhinney, but 18 skaters in front did pretty much nothing in one of the worst performances of the year.

HIT OF THE GAME

Heard of Dwight Helminen before? Jordan Leopold sure has now. Helminen nailed Leopold with a hard, open-ice hit in the second period.

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), LW Andre Roy.

CAROLINA -- LW Jussi Jokinen (personal), D Frantisek Kaberle, C Brandon Sutter, LW Ryan Bayda, C Michael Ryan.

NOTABLES

Carolina defenceman Dennis Seidenberg has a close tie to Calgary, having spent a season with a German midget team that was based in the Stampede City 10 years ago. The team played against Alberta Midget League squads and spent eight months in Calgary. "I enjoyed it there. It was nice. Just to experience the North American style of game and the physical play. it was good for me. I got a concussion at the Prince Albert tournament," he said with a laugh. "It was good for me to learn to play the North American style of game."

UP NEXT

TOMORROW: Calgary Flames at Atlanta Thrashers, 1 p.m., Sportsnet, FAN960.


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