Game Over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames.

 2. Robert Lang, Wings.

 3. Marcus Nilson, Flames.

 TURNING POINT:

 The Flames were down 1-0 and hanging on for dear life in the middle frame when Detroit went on powerplays after Craig Conroy, Martin Gelinas and Chuck Kobasew were sent to the box. Calgary's penalty killers did the job, allowing Robyn Regehr to tie the game late in the second.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 Midway through the first period, and with the Wings on the powerplay, Miikka Kiprusoff first made an incredible save on a deflected point shot and followed that by spinning around and reaching back with his stick to deny Tomas Holmstrom on the sharp-angled rebound attempt.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Chuck Kobasew was trying to gain the Detroit zone by carrying the puck across the blueline but his progress was immediately halted when Kirk Maltby stepped forward and drove him with a terrific open-ice check.

 UNSUNG HERO:

 Flames winger Martin Gelinas was driving to the net and bothering Curtis Joseph all game. He was rewarded with an assist on Marcus Nilson's overtime winner.

 SCRATCHES:

 FLAMES -- D Denis Gauthier (knee), LW Chris Simon (knee), D Toni Lydman (upper body), C Dean McAmmond (back), LW Dave Lowry (abdomen) and C Steve Reinprecht (shoulder). G Brent Krahn, LW Lynn Loyns, LW Martin Sonnenberg and D Brennan Evans were healthy scratches.

 DETROIT -- G Dominik Hasek (groin), RW Steve Thomas (groin) and RW Mark Mowers (foot). D Jason Woolley, D Jamie Rivers and C Boyd Devereaux were healthy scratches.

 WHAT IT MEANS:

 First blood for the Flames in the best-of-seven series, a big deal historically for the playoffs. Calgary won a series-opener for the first time since capturing Game 1 in the Cup-winning final against Montreal in 1989.

 NOTEWORTHY:

 This is Brett Hull's 18th NHL season but 19th time in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The former Flame went from the NCAA ranks in 1985-86 to Calgary and played a couple of games in the run to the finals ... In his 32 career regular-season games against the Red Wings, Jarome Iginla collected 32 points (13-19-32) ... Detroit's Jason Williams drew into the lineup for the first time this post-season ... Flames were outshot 13-2 in the first period and one of those was a Steve Montador offering from the neutral zone and the other was nine minutes into the game from Krzysztof Oliwa. The two shots tied a franchise record for fewest in a period, which has happened five times.


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