SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Game Review

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

THREE STARS

1. Michael Cammalleri, Flames -- Two assists and a feisty game against his former team.

2. Wayne Simmonds, Kings -- A fight, a goal, and nearly a couple more.

3. Jarome Iginla, Flames -- Scored a nice goal and earned an assist.

REPORT CARD

OVERALL: B

OFFENCE: B+

DEFENCE: B

GOALTENDING: B-

POWERPLAY: D-

PENALTY KILL: B+

UNSUNG HERO

The goal wasn't pretty, but D Jim Vandermeer's first goal in 75 games -- unassisted after he lost control on a deke and had the puck poked past the goaltender by a backchecking King -- gave the Flames a two-goal cushion.

WHY FLAMES WON

They took over in the second period, firing 19 shots on net and scoring twice. It took a while to get going, but they showed they were the better team.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Not long after LW Wayne Simmonds tied things up at 1-1 in the second period, G Miikka Kiprusoff got his left leg on the Kings rookie's shot after Simmonds deked D Dion Phaneuf and made a patient move on the goaltender.

SCRATCHES

CALGARY -- D Cory Sarich (foot), D Robyn Regehr (lower-body), D Rhett Warrener (shoulder), D Mark Giordano (shoulder), LW Andre Roy (wrist), LW Rene Bourque (ankle), C Wayne Primeau (foot).

LOS ANGELES -- C Corey Elkins, D Peter Harrold, RW John Zeiler, RW Brad Richardson, D Kyle Quincey (back), C Jarret Stoll (groin).

UP NEXT

TONIGHT: Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks, GM Place, 8 p.m., Sportsnet, Fan 960.

NOTABLES

D Adrian Aucoin returned to action after missing one game with an upper-body injury ... With blueliners Cory Sarich and Robyn Regehr both sitting out, the pairings started off as Dion Phaneuf and Jordan Leopold, Adrian Aucoin and Jim Vandermeer and rookies Matt Pelech and Adam Pardy. Aucoin and Pelech were together in the second period ... RW Jarome Iginla claimed the Molson Cup for the month of March. C Olli Jokinen was the runner-up ... The Flames powerplay is now scorelesss in its last 28 attempts ... D Jim Vandermeer's third-period goal was his first in 75 games ... D Matt Pelech earned his first NHL point with an assist.

SUMMARY

FLAMES 4 KINGS 1

FIRST PERIOD

No Scoring.

Penalties -- Bertuzzi Cal (tripping) 6:52, Pelech Cal (hooking) 10:39, Simmonds LA, Peters Cal (fighting) 16:13, Drewiske LA (hooking) 16:25, Frolov LA (tripping) 17:21.

SECOND PERIOD

1. Cal, Langkow 21 (Iginla, Cammalleri) 2:05

2. LA, Simmonds 7 (Handzus) 10:47

3. Cal, Iginla 34 (Cammalleri, Leopold) 16:38

Penalties -- Boyle LA (interference) 5:30, Ivanans LA (roughing), Nystrom Cal (slashing) 8:33, Pardy Cal (holding the stick) 19:47.

THIRD PERIOD

4. Cal, Vandermeer 1 3:46

5. Cal, Moss 20 (Conroy, Pelech) 10:46

Penalties -- Armstrong LA, Phaneuf Cal (roughing) 2:41, Moller LA (slashing) 4:36, Brown LA (cross-checking) 11:23, Handzus LA (tripping) 11:50, Boyle LA, Pelech Cal (fighting) 17:32.

SHOTS ON GOAL

Los Angeles 8 6 10--24

Calgary 8 19 11--38

Goal -- LA: Ersberg (L,8-11-5); Cal: Kiprusoff (W,45-22-5).

Powerplays -- LA: 0-3; Cal: 0-6.

Referees -- Justin St. Pierre, Chris Rooney. Linesmen -- Vaughan Rody, Thor Nelson.

ATT -- 19,289 (19,289)


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