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Flames Hunt Down the Preds

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames clinched their 30th win of the season—the second fastest time they have reached the plateau in team history, and their 100th home game win since October 2005.

"It feels great. I know it is the most points I have had at this point in a season in my career," said Adrian Aucoin who netted his seventh goal of the season.

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Aucoin's been on a six game point streak recording his first goal since December 31 against the Oilers.

"I don’t know if you could tell but my stick shattered. That’s the advantage of having a wooden stick. It can break but the puck keeps going," Aucoin added.

Matthew Lombardi scored the first goal for the Flames at 7:23 in the second period from a pass by Curtis Glencross who almost didn't play after hurting his foot during Wednesday's game.

"I’ve been getting a lot of chances and not finding the back of the net. They haven’t been coming easy. Curtis (Glencross) made a great pass on that one."

Andre Roy followed suit five minutes later from a pass fed by Eric Nystrom on a 2-on-1. Last time Roy scored was against his former team the Ottawa Senators on December 27.

J.P. Dumont had the only goal for Nashville.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves to pick up his 30th victory and to keep Calgary on top of the Northwest with 64 points. He is 7-1-0 in his last eight starts and continues to lead all NHL goaltenders with wins, and is well on his way to closing in on Martin Brodeur's record of 48 wins in one season.

Calgary went 1/7 in the power play and killed six penalties tonight. They have allowed just 13 power-play goals in the last six games, killing off 19-32 opportunities in that time span.

The Flames are now 11 points ahead in the Northwest, and are five points behind Detroit in the Western Conference.

The Preds came to Calgary after a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday. They remain in 14th place in the Western Conference and six points away from eighth place.


 

THE NUMBERS GAME

1
– series sweep for the Flames this season.

2 - more wins needed for Mike Keenan to pass Pat Quinn.

3 - goals for Andre Roy.

5 – goals for Matthew Lombardi

6– game streak for Adrian Aucoin

7 - goals for Aucoin

10- games the Flames have won out of 11.

OUR THREE STARS
1) Kipper
2) Zanon
3) Nystrom

THE BIG SAVE
During a Nashville power play, Kipper was down on all fours and batted it out with his stick.

THE BIG HIT
Two northern boys Todd Bertuzzi and Jordin Tootoo collided on center ice which turned into a small hissy fit with cross-checks and punches. Tootoo did not return.

THE ROSTER
Injured players include Brandon Prust (jaw), Rhett Warrener (shoulder) Wayne Primeau (foot). Jim Vandermeer was the lone healthy scratch for the Flames.

UP NEXT:
The Flames go back on the road to face the Colorado Avalanche on Monday in Denver.

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