Post Game Report: Flames at Red Wings

Tuesday, 27.11.2007 / 7:29 PM / News
By Miranda Baker  -  staff writer
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Post Game Report: Flames at Red Wings

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Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Flames-Wings game Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit....

It was a long, hard fought out battle for the Calgary Flames, but after playing catch-up for 45 minutes, they fell to the Detroit Red Wings 5-3 at Joe Louis Arena.

The loss wraps up the Flames three-game road trip, where they were 1-2-0, ending the road trip with back-to-back losses. The Flames only win came Saturday in Denver, Colorado when they won 5-2 against the Avs.

Although Calgary defenceman Robyn Regehr opened the scoring at 11:01 of the first, the Red Wings dominated from there on out, tallying three goals before the Flames could put up their second of the game.

Dion Phaneuf and Alex Tanguay also tallied goals for the Flames, while Jarome Iginla recorded three helpers.

THE TURNING POINT
 It was looking good for the Flames early in the first...that was until the Red Wings tallied back-to-back goals 23 seconds apart. First Pavel Datsyuk blew a quick shot past Kiprusoff at 15:49 followed up by a similar shot courtesy of Kris Draper at 16:12. It was all over from there for the Flames.
STATS AND NUMBERS
35 - shots on goal for Detroit
7 - consecutive losses at Joe Louis Arena for Flames
3 - points for Jarome Iginla
2 - goals for Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk
1 - power play goal out of eight goals scored in match
THE BIG SAVE
Curtis McElhinney holds his wits about him during a daring save on Dan Cleary in the final minutes of the second. As he's being screened, Pavel Datsyuk shuffles the puck to Cleary, who is situated just left of McElhinney. Just as Cleary snaps a shot off on the Flames' netminder, McElhinney gets his legs level with the ice, with his paddle stopping the shot in its tracks.
THE BIG HIT
Flames defenceman Dion Phaneuf catches Jiri Hudler with his head down in the neutral zone and flattens him at 12:58 of the final frame.
UP NEXT
The Flames head home to the Pengrowth Saddledome where they'll host the Anaheim Ducks, 7 p.m. MT on Thursday, Nov 29th.

Detroit outshot Calgary 35-22 thru 60 minutes of play.

The Flames return to the Pengrowth Saddledome Thursday when they take on the Anaheim Ducks.

Iginla ties MacInnis in games played

Flames' captain Jarome Iginla is a leader both on and off the ice. And now he's one game away from being the leader in another category -- All-Time games played leader.

Playing in Tuesday's match with Detroit tied the 30-year-old from Edmonton, AB with All-Time games leader Al MacInnis with 803. One more will put him in first and bump MacInnis to second place in the club's record book.

Iginla, who is playing in his 11th season with the Flames, is also a force to be reckoned with this season in terms of his offensive talent. In 25 games, Iginla has registered 33 points, including 13 goals and 20 assists.

In his last five games, Iginla has tallied seven points, including one game winning goal (Nov. 20 vs. COL).

Next on Iginla's agenda, besides helping his team work themselves up the standings, passing Theoren Fleury in the All-Time goals scored for the Flames' squad.

In 791 games, Fleury registered 364 goals, only 27 more than Iginla, who you can bet will be hot on the alumni's heels for some time to come.

Split duties for Kiprusoff and McElhinney

Flames' star netminder Miikka Kiprusoff got a well rested night off Sunday in St. Louis, while Flames' backup Curtis McElhinney got his first NHL start in net.

But as planned, Kiprusoff returned to the ice tonight and was looking sharp in the opening ten minutes of the first frame. But back-to-back goals and a shot to the head took the goaltender from Finland out of the game, and again McElhinney covered in his place.

Kiprsuoff was taken off the ice and back to the Flames' dressing room to be examined by doctors to make sure the shot didn't injure the netminder.

Although Detroit scored twice on McElhinney, he was brilliant in net, holding his own quite well. Totaling 35:24 in ice time, McElhinney stopped 18 of 20 shots on net.

Punishing Phaneuf

The Flames knew they had to come in with a very physical, hard defensive type of play against the Wings -- and that's exactly what they did.

But it was blueliner Dion Phaneuf that set the bar beyond what some expected. It was a huge hit in the neutral zone courtesy of Phaneuf on Jiri Hudler.

Seconds after Hudler passes the puck off to fellow teammate, Phaneuf catches the Wings' forward with his head down.

The huge open ice hit lays out Hudler flat on the ice, but he appears to be uninjured as he returns to the bench following the hit