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Sutter makes NHL debut

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Brett Sutter and his gear made their debut on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks after being called up from the Quad City Flames on Monday. While he arrived to Calgary in one piece with his skates and gloves, the rest of his equipment stayed back. As a result, he had to purchase some new hockey gear and use equipment from his Red Deer Rebels days that were still in his garage.

"Next practice, he'll be in the same stuff I bet," Mike Cammalleri remarked.

Sutter was Calgary?s sixth round pick, 179th overall in the 2005 draft. He started the game on the fourth line with Andre Roy and Eric Nystrom, but then was changed to the third line joining Craig Conroy and David Moss. The six-foot Viking Alberta native was on the ice for 11:45 minutes and played 17 shifts.

"I heard my Dad actually cracked a smile after the goal," Sutter said.

"He worked really hard out there,"Conroy added."He was making plays and hits...I thought he played a great game."

"I think Conroy played really well with him," Coach Mike Keenan commented. "He (Sutter)was playing with confidence...Moss played very well with helping him out."

Sutter got his first NHL goal, David Moss, Mark Giordano got a PPG, Mike Cammalleri netted his 11th, and Craig Conroy got two assists as the Flames picked up a rare victory over the Anaheim Ducks at home on Tuesday.

The Flames treated themselves a nice Christmas gift and avoided a four-game home losing streak as they beat the Ducks 4-3.

After tonight, Calgary has won nine of its last 11 home games against Anaheim.

With the Canucks losing 5-0 against the San Jose Sharks, Calgary moves to first place in the Northwest during the holiday break.

Jean-Sebastian Giguere was back in net for the Ducks after taking a week off to go to his father?s funeral in Montreal. He made 28 saves.

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 33 out of 36 shots.

The first period was scoreless and the Ducks outshot the Flames 13-10.

David Moss opened the scoring at 10:43 of the second with his 11th goal of the season. He snapped one to the left of Giguere off a pass by Craig Conroy. The Ducks tied the game late in the period when Brendan Morrison got the goal with assists by Bret Hedican and former Flame Steve Montador.

In the third, the Ducks took the lead with a backhander scored by Ryan Getzlaf. But seconds later, Brett Sutter tied the game and got his first goal in the NHL. Two more goals followed including a power-play goal from Mark Giordano at 11:49, and Mike Cammalleri who put his 12th on the board. Brendan Morrison netted his second of the night, but the Ducks lost momentum.

 

 

 

 

THE NUMBERS GAME

 1
– NHL goal for Brett Sutter

2 –goal from Mark Giordano so far this season

11 –goals tallied by David Moss.

15 –assists Craig Conroy has recorded.

OUR THREE STARS
1) Giordano
2) Sutter
3) Conroy

THE BIG HIT
Eric Nystrom decided to exchange a few punches with Nathan McIver in the first. The scuffle ended with Nystrom pounding McIver on the side of his face including a clean right hook until he fell down to the ice.

THE ROSTER
D Jim Vandermeer (ankle), F Wayne Primeau (foot), F Curtis Glencross (knee), and F Brandon Prust (jaw) continue to be sidelined.


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