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Inside the Game: Flames Falter to Wings

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


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The Red Wings dominated over the Flames for the fifth time when they beat them 4-3 in overtime at the Joe.

The Wings outshot the Flames 39-34 with both teams playing their backup goaltenders Ty Conklin and Curtis McElhinney in net.

Despite the loss, McElhinney played an impressive game preventing 35 shots from the Red Wings. This was his second time starting a game since last November when the Flames played the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Flames are now 16-11-2, rank second in the Northwest Division—one point behind Vancouver, and fourth overall in the Western Conference.


First Period
The Flames burned rubber on the Wings by improving their offencive and physical play as they outshot the Wings 14-10. Craig Conroy got the first goal of the night from a pass by Jarome Iginla in a traffic jam in front of Ty Conklin. That was his first goal in 15 games. Later, Daymond Langkow scored another goal for Calgary on the rebound from Todd Bertuzzi; his first goal in nine games.

Second Period
Detroit got on the board with a power play goal when Valtteri Filppula tapped the puck in to the left of McElhinney in the middle of the period.

Third Period
David Moss gave the Flames a 3-1 lead with a power play goal at 8:51, but the Red Wings answered back when Henrik Zetterberg tapped in a goal off a rebound. The Flames were losing their momentum and the Red Wings took advantage as Brian Rafalski added one more from the blue line and tied the game.

OT Niklas Lidstrom fired a goal past the right shoulder of McElhinney from a pass by Johan Franzen.

THE ROSTER: Brandon Prust (fractured jaw), Jim Vandermeer (fractured leg), and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are on the IR. Dustin Boyd (upper body) and Wayne Primeau (foot) continue to be day-to-day.

BY THE NUMBERS: Bertuzzi got his 600th career point from the Langkow goal. Despite a hit from Canadiens’Andrei Markov at Tuesday’s game, Dion Phaneuf played a total of 33:13 minutes Michigan native and former Wolverine David Moss continues his scoring streak to five in the last six games. Red Wings' Jiri Hudler played his 200th game.
UP NEXT: The Flames return home and face the Florida Panthers on Friday.
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