Linemate applauds Donovan

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET


 Shean Donovan didn't dive into the glass last night.

 But he planted a few Wings' faces there.

 The 29-year-old workhorse was one of the most dominant Flames on the ice for the second straight game.

 Fighting off a Steve Yzerman check early in the second period, Donovan set up Ville Nieminen's game-tying goal. The pesky Finn said his linemate doesn't often receive the kind of credit he deserves.

 "He's the fastest man in the league," Nieminen said. "He's really good on the boards and I don't think he gets recognized for that.

 "He was really strong on the puck (on the goal)."

 The 6-ft. 2-in., 209-pounder came within a whisker of giving the Flames the lead.

 Nieminen slid a pass through a sliding Detroit defender but Curtis Jospeh slid across the net and stacked the pads to rob Donovan of another trademark celebratory faceplant into the glass.

 "It would have been nice to bury that one," he said. "It was a great pass by Neimo and Cujo made a great save.

 "You have to put those away, though."

 Donovan, who lost precious few individual battles, said the Wings were simply the harder-working team.

 "They kind of beat us at our own game tonight," he shrugged. "They beat us in the corners and in the defensive zone."


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