Flames kept fans roarin'

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 2:09 PM ET


 All the Detroit Red Wings needed was a little momentum.

 The Flames allowed them none.

 Calgary kept the raucous C of Red firmly on their side throughout last night's 3-2 win in Game 3. Every time the visitors appeared to create the smallest of sparks, along came the Flames to douse the rally.

 "The crowd was really loud and they had a lot of the momentum," said Detroit defenceman Jason Woolley.

 "They had a pretty good first period and we kind of weathered the storm a little bit. We had a chance to get back in it. It's just every time we scored, they came back with a quick one and that makes it tough to get 'er going."

 The Flames grabbed the momentum early, thanks to a big hit by Robyn Regehr on Wings forward Ray Whitney.

 And, thanks in large part to a trio of powerplays, Calgary spent the majority of the opening frame in the offensive zone. While they didn't score on any of the man-advantage situations, it nullified Detroit's attack.

 "It's frustrating when you start out with four penalties," said forward Darren McCarty. "You look at the other team and wonder how it can be slanted one way and not the other.

 "It put us behind as far as trying to gain momentum but we did a good job of killing them. Any momentum we had was halted and allowed them to get into the game."

 Robert Lang opened the scoring 1:17 into the second period but Stephane Yelle jump-started the Flames about two minutes later.

 With Calgary nursing a 2-1 lead, Jiri Fisher brought Detroit even with a point shot. The Flames answered the call once again with Shean Donovan scoring the eventual game-winner 40 seconds later.

 McCarty said the Wings would have liked to have taken the sellout crowd of 19,289 out of the game with consecutive goals but the Flames' refusal to surrender control of the game proved to be the difference.

 "The whole stadium's in Flames apparel and it's very loud," McCarty said.

 "It's a little bit of a different game if we can hold the lead for a little bit because you take the crowd out of it but we never had the opportunity to do that.

 "I'm sure they fed off (the crowd). It's always been a bit of a tough place to play because of that but that's no excuse.

 "We've played in hostile environments before and, for whatever reason, we didn't do enough to win tonight."

 Detroit bench boss Dave Lewis said his squad will need to come out of the gates with more energy in the first two periods tomorrow night if it wants to avoid falling behind 3-1 in the series.

 "We had the lead but I thought the first two periods, they played with a little bit more desperation than we did," Lewis said.


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