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Inside the Game: Power surge

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames



Not only were the Calgary Flames looking for their first win of the season Tuesday against the Colorad o Avalanche, but also about improving their power play. Through their first two games of the season, Calgary had gone 0-13 on the power play.

Goal achieved as the Flames scored twice with the man advantage in the first five minutes of the game and added another in the third period in a 5-4 win over the visiting Avs.

The Flames sparked in the first period when rookie center Dustin Boyd scored a power play goal three minutes in. Todd Bertuzzi followed suit one minute later and scored the first of his two goals -- which also include the eventual game-winner. Forward Mike Cammalleri picked up an assist off the point on the Bertuzzi goal as he moved to the blueline with the man advantage to give the power play a new look.

"He has played there on the point and is a player that we can use there to get the power play going and producing," said head coach Mike Keenan of Cammalleri, who played on the power play on his previous team, the Los Angeles Kings.

Cammalleri was joined by Dion Phaneuf on the first powerplay unit which included Bertuzzi, Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow.

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The Flames were leading 2-0 until Avs winger Cody MacLeod scored his first goal for Colorado just before Phaneuf knocked the net off. Craig Conroy who was initally rumoured to be scratched tonight with a lower body injury, countered and scored another goal for the Flames. The Avs inched closer when John-Michael Liles netted a power play goal 30 seconds before the period ended making the score 3-2. Even though the buzzer sounded, the period wasn't over for Jarome Iginla and Cody McCormick as they dropped the gloves and boxed for a minute or two and starting the second period with five minute penalties.

"You have to give credit to our captain," Bertuzzi said. "He stepped up and fought their tough guy and turned the game around. That's what leadership is about."

The Avs tied the game 3-3 when Ryan Smyth tapped the puck into the left corner of the net.

Jarome Iginla wristed home his first of the season on a power play to give the Flames a 4-3 before Bertuzzi,  showing sme nifty han d-eye co-ordination, banged home a rebound off an Iginla shot to give the Flames a 5-3 lead.

Ben Guite scored less than a minute later with a wrister  that caught a rut in the ce and bounced like a baseball, over goalie Miikka Kiprusoff's shoulder, off bothe posts and into the net to make it 5-4.

The Flamed finished the game with three power play tallies.

"Special teams are a big part of the game. We talked about it a lot this morning," Phaneuf said. "It was a step in the right direction tonight."

"We killed some big penalties tonight," Boyd commented. "They got a couple but, for the most part, our power play beat their power play."

THE BIG HIT: Mark Giordano rattles Milan Hejduk against the boards in the first.
THE TURNING POINT: Jarome Iginla scored the go-ahead goal, his first goal of the regular season making the score 4-3 at 7:23 of the third period.

THE ROSTER: Scratches: D Adam Pardy, F Eric Nystrom and F Andre Roy (arm).

WORTH NOTING: Matthew Lombardi played his 300th career game. Miikka Kiprusoff recorded 25 saves. Phaneuf was on the ice for six out of the nine goals scored tonight. The Flames play a home-and-home series against Edmonton starting this Friday at the 'Dome.
On the flipside, veteran defenceman Adam Foote played in his 813 game tonight as a member of the Avalanche/Nordiques, tying with Michel Goulet for second place in their team history. Joe Sakic has 103 points in 82 games against Calgary—his highest scoring total versus a single opponent.

BY THE NUMBERS: Phaneuf, Bertuzzi, Iginla, Cammalleri, and Langkow all received two points each with a team total of 15.
Iginla had six shots on goal.
Calgary outshot Colorado 35-29.

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