Game Over

SCOTT FISHER -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:33 PM ET


 SUN THREE STARS:

 1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames -- Didn't need to be spectacular but was perfect on 20 shots for his first career playoff shutout.

 2. Chris Clark, Flames -- Shelved a beauty on the powerplay to give Flames breathing room.

 3. Dennis Gauthier, Flames -- Responded from Game 3 benching with a fantastic physical performance.

 TURNING POINT:

 Nursing a 1-0 lead late in the second period, the Flames blew the game open with a pair of goals 27 seconds apart. Chris Clark ripped a powerplay goal top corner and before the rabid fans had taken their seats, Shean Donovan crashed the net to give Calgary a 3-0 lead.

 SAVE OF THE GAME:

 Miikka Kiprusoff kept the Canucks off the board in the opening minute by shutting down Brendan Morrison on a partial breakaway on what was probably the visitors' best scoring opportunity of the night.

 HIT OF THE GAME:

 Canucks F Daniel Sedin tried to play the puck while standing still just outside the Flames blueline when defenceman Andrew Ference arrived and blasted the Swede into the boards, drawing a huge cheer from the C of Red.

 HARDEST WORKER:

 With power forward Chris Simon sitting on the sidelines, the Flames' top line didn't lose a beat with Oleg Saprykin stepping in. The slick Russian created offence with his speed and initiated body contact to come up with loose pucks.

 FIGHT CARD:

 None.

 SCRATCHES:

 FLAMES -- C Steve Reinprecht (shoulder) and C Dean McAmmond (back) are both out for the season. LW Dave Lowry (abdominal), LW Chris Simon (lower body) and D Toni Lydman are day-to-day. Healthy scratches included LW Lynn Loyns, LW Martin Sonnenberg and D Steve Montador.

 CANUCKS -- LW Magnus Arvedson (knee) is gone for the season. C Mats Lindgren (back) is out indefinitely. Healthy scratches were C Brandon Reid, D Marc Bergevin, D Kirill Koltsev, D Jaroslav Obsut, RW Pat Kavanaugh, D Nolan Baumgartner, C Jason King, C Ryan Kesler, D Wade Brookbank, RW Tyler Bouck and G Rob McVicar.

 WHAT IT MEANS:

 It's a best-of-three affair and Flames fans are guaranteed at least one more home date (Game 6, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.). Game 5 goes in Vancouver tomorrow. Game 7, if necessary, is Monday.

 NOTEWORTHY:

 Shean Donovan's second-period powerplay marker snapped an 0-for-21 futility streak with the man advantage ... The Flames powerplay went 1-for-6 and is now 3-for-28 in the series while the penalty killers were perfect in killing off seven shorthanded situations.

 GAME 5 -- Tomorrow in Vancouver, 8:30 P.M., CBC, Series Tied 2-2


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