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Split burns Jay once more

IAN BUSBY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Jay Bouwmeester has seen this movie before, but he couldn't stop the sequel from being created.

When the Calgary Flames blueliner was with the Florida Panthers, Sidney Crosby went through him and then-teammate Ruslan Salei on a rush to score a goal that was featured in commercials.

In the opening minutes last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins star did it again, this time splitting Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano before scoring on goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

The opening goal in a 3-1 Penguins win at the Saddledome was a thing of beauty, but Bouwmeester doesn't want to see a replay.

"That is certainly my fault," said Bouwmeester. "That's my guy, and you can't let anyone do that, certainly not a guy like that.

"He made me pay for it."

Other than that rush, and a powerplay goal in the second period, the Flames defence did a good job on Sid the Kid and fellow star Penguins Evgeni Malkin, Bill Guerin and Jordan Staal.

The Flames had a 38-27 lead on the shot clock and other than a late goal from Tyler Kennedy would be applauded for their efforts for the final 55 minutes.

"We didn't play a bad game," said Bouwmeester.

"We just couldn't get one past the goalie (Marc-Andre Fleury).

"They capitalized on their chances. We got a powerplay goal, and they got a powerplay goal. That's how it goes.

"It's all about battling for the puck and getting the loose puck. If you do win some of those battles, chances are you will have the puck for most of the night and you will score more goals."

Although Bouwmeester took the fall on Crosby's 30th goal of the season, Giordano probably had a chance to cut him off but didn't.

Overall, Giordano had a good outing, scoring a powerplay goal in the second period. He won't soon forget his first meeting against Crosby, who only comes around these parts once every few years.

"I've seen him play a lot, and you get what you expect from him -- a good, all-around hockey player," Giordano said.

"He just chipped the puck through and got a step. He got a lucky one. It went up high, I think.

"We knew what to expect from their top players, and he was good."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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