CALGARY, AB -- Curtis Glencross wasn’t going to waste Miikka Kiprusoff’s best outing of the season on an upper-body injury.
Returning to the lineup after a two-game absence, Glencross set up the game-winner and added the insurance marker as part of a three-goal explosion in the third period while Kiprusoff made 36 saves to lift the Calgary Flames over the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.
Tied 2-2, Glencross drew Detroit’s attention cutting through the slot before firing a pass back through onto the stick of Lee Stempniak, who buried his seventh past Wings’ starter Jonas Gustavsson just 5:37 into the final frame.
Glencross then added his own, picking up an errant pass in from Valtteri Filppula in Detroit’s zone and ripping it past Gustavsson’s glove for the 4-2 lead at 9:12.
It took Blake Comeau just 48 seconds to add his second of the season, firing a wrist shot off the iron and in to give Calgary the 5-2 final.
Offensively starved, Detroit wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first period.
Niklas Kronwall’s blast beat Kiprusoff just 3:20 into the game.
That lead lasted just two and a half minutes after Mike Cammalleri sprung Alex Tanguay on a breakaway. Going in alone on Gustavsson, Tanguay dropped his shoulder and faked the Red Wings goalie out before lifting it into a virtually empty net to tie the game.
Jay Bouwmeeseter gave Calgary a 2-1 lead four minutes later. Jumping into the rush and working a give-and-go with Stempniak, Gustavsson stopped Bouwmeester’s initial attempt but the rebound rattled off the skate of Jakub Kindl and into the net.
The Red Wings drew even in the second period with their first power play goal on the road this season. Kyle Quincey’s point shot was kicked onto the stick of Valtteri Filppula, who buried it behind Kiprusoff to end an 0-for-37 drought away from Detroit this season.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Sprung in alone by Cammalleri, Tanguay’s patented deke and shelf job 5:55 into the game – just 2:35 after the Red Wings opened the scoring – completely suckered Gustavsson for Calgary’s first goal of the game.
SAVE OF THE GAME
With the game tied 1-1 and Damien Brunner on the doorstep looking for the lead, Kiprusoff sprawled out to poke-check Detroit’s leading goal-scorer to keep the team’s knotted.
HIT OF THE GAME
Though whistled for boarding on the play, Glencross crushed Brendan Smith into the end boards with seven minutes remaining in the first period.
Glencross’ unassisted goal of a Detroit turnover just less than four minutes after setting up Stempniak to give the Calgary the lead buried any hopes of a Red Wings comeback midway through the final frame.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
“Obviously it’s not all there but at the same time I just have to keep playing, work through it. Somewhere it’s going to be lingering but I guess that’s part of playing hockey.”
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Calgary scored three goals in a span of 4:23 in the third period to blow the game wide open and give Calgary their fifth consecutive win on home ice.
Defensemen Anton Babchuk and Derek Smith were scratched for the Flames. Forward Roman Cervenka was also scratched. Paul Byron remains on the injured reserve with a broken wrist.
Calgary concludes their mini two-game home stand on Friday against the Nashville Predators (7 p.m. MT, SNET-W) before heading out on the road for a three game road trip.