Game over

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

NEXT GAME: VANCOUVER CANUCKS AT CALGARY FLAMES

TOMORROW AT 7 P.M., TV: SPORTSNET, RADIO: FAN 960

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SUN THREE STARS:

1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Flames.

2. Rhett Warrener, Flames.

3. Alex Auld, Canucks.

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TURNING POINT:

Thanks to a double-minor assessed Stephane Yelle the same time Dion Phaneuf was given the gate, the Flames were down two men a full two minutes, and still had to kill another two minutes of a five-on-four early in the third period.

Calgary killed the penalties and held on for the win.

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BIG SAVE:

During the aforementioned powerplays, Miikka Kiprusoff stoned Ed Jovanovski and then robbed Mattias Ohlund to get the crowd on its feet.

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HARD HIT:

Todd Bertuzzi, with his head down, was looking to move the puck out of the defensive zone but was stopped in his tracks by Rhett Warrener. Bertuzzi, whose helmet went flying off upon impact, was sent straight onto his rear end.

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UNSUNG HERO:

Craig MacDonald recorded his first point as a Flame with an incredible pass to set up Marcus Nilson for the winner.

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FIGHT CARD:

A tussle that stems back to a hard pre-season hit, Byron Ritchie fought Vancouver's Jarkko Ruutu. Ritchie had his sweater pulled over his head and lost the decision because of it.

When Calgary scored its first goal, Darren McCarty duked it out with Canucks tough guy Wade Brookbank. Score it a draw.

Marcus Nilson went after Trevor Linden after a hard hit on Flames Stephane Yelle. Another draw.

Jason Wiemer slapped around Lee Goren after the Vancouver forward returned from the box following his boarding penalty.

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SCRATCHES:

* CALGARY -- D Steve Montador was Calgary's lone healthy scratch. D Bryan Marchment (undisclosed), Chris Simon (rib muscle) and C Matthew Lombardi.

* VANCOUVER -- The Canucks went without RW Tyler Bouck (groin), C Matt Cooke (jaw), D Bryan Allen (knee) and G Dan Cloutier (concussion).

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BURNING QUESTION:

Are these the real Calgary Flames we were expecting to see?

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN:

A third straight victory helps the Flames finally pull to .500 at 7-7-2.

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NOTEWORTH:

Calgary scored only its sixth first-period goal of the season ... It was the fifth straight game the Flames didn't surrender a goal in the opening period .


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