Fly, Robyn, Fly!

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET


 DETROIT -- Any poolie who selected Robyn Regehr for his post-season fun is looking like a genius.

 The numbers don't lie: Regehr has five points in eight playoff games, including last night's late second period goal that drew the Flames even against the highly favoured Red Wings.

 However, just as big as the offensive contribution was the job Regehr and his fellow penalty killers did at the other end of the ice.

 When it came to man-advantage success in the regular season, no team was better than the Red Wings.

 Yet, Calgary's penalty killers -- maligned for their struggles early in the Vancouver series -- shut down the Wings' powerplay all six times in the opening-night victory.

 "To me, the difference in our hockey game was the powerplay and not having the ability to put the game away," said Detroit head coach Dave Lewis after last night's 2-1 Calgary victory.

 They certainly had the chance.

 Make that chances. After Robert Lang opened the scoring, the Wings had three powerplays to earn the two-goal bulge that likely would have ensured victory.

 Instead, Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff held the fort long enough for Regehr to score.

 "The best penalty killer is your goalie and Miikka did a great job," Regehr said.

 "We try to eliminate the best chances from right in front of the net and keep them to the outside. We did it tonight and have to continue to keep doing a good job.

 "We took a few too many penalties," Regehr added. "We don't want to give them that many opportunities on the powerplay because they have personnel who are very capable."

 As for his own offensive outburst, Regehr wasn't too concerned.

 "Shoot the puck and get it through," he said of his offensive strategy.

 "One thing we've done in the playoffs so far is getting our forwards to the net, whether they're screening, getting rebounds or getting tips. They've done a great job."


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