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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Flyers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- For the third time in four games, the Calgary Flames needed extra time to get the deciding goal but for the first time in that span, they came out with the victory.

The Flames defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in a shootout on Friday afternoon, snapping a three-game losing skid.

Curtis Glencross opened the scoring for the Flames at 13:16 of the second stanza with a highlight reel short-handed goal.The unassisted tally was Glencross' seventh of the campaign.

The Flyers received goals from Nikolay Zherdev and James van Riemsdyk in the middle frame.

The Flames even it up in the third period thanks to Steve Staios' first of the season. Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay assisted on the equalizer.

It looked like the Flyers had won it in overtime when Kiprusoff was beat but Chris Pronger had placed himself in front of the Finnish netminder and waved his hand in front of Kiprusoff's face. The referees deemed it an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, negating the goal.

The game went to a shootout where Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque scored for the Flames, giving the club it's first win on their road swing.

The Flames evened up the game at 7:09 of the third period thanks to an unlikely source. Staios scored his first goal since Mar. 21, giving him his first of the season. Iginla carried the puck into the offensize zone, threw it over to Tanguay, who was coming in on the wing. Tanguay saw Staios coming in down the center lane and did not hesitate to pass it over to him. Staios had Darroll Powe beat in the slot and was ready to wire a shot on net when the pass came.

The goal sent the contest to extra time where the Flames were able to take it in a shootout.

With the Flames down by a goal in the second frame, Niklas Hagman took an interference call, giving the Flyers a golden opportunity to extend their lead but Calgary's excellent penalty killing ended up tying the contest.

Glencross was able to knock the puck off the boards in the neutral zone and zoomed into the Flyers zone on a breakaway. Mike Richards trailed right behind him but the Flames forward was able to shake him off, flip the puck from his forehand to backhand and threw it over Bobrovsky.

The goal not only tied the game but was the Flames 10,000 goal in franchise history.

Given that the Flyers average almost 40 shots on net per game, Miikka Kiprusoff knew he had to sharp on Friday afternoon. He came up with a big game for his team, making several key saves throughout the contest including a huge stick save in overtime.

In the dying seconds of the extra frame, Kimmo Timonen looked like he had a wide open net to score the game winner in thanks to the fact Kiprusoff was sprawled on the ice but the netminder somehow managed to get the blade of his stick on the puck, sending the game to a shootout.

In his 900th NHL game, Olli Jokinen led the Flames with 6 shots on net, 3 hits and a 57 faceoff win percentage. The 31 year-old played 18:21, averaging 0:57 shifts.

"I don't have any grand illusions or false hopes or anything like that. I believe we can be a playoff team ... there's enough goals in our lineup. That's the truth. The problem for us is that our goals-against is not good enough. If you give up three goals a game, you're not going to be a playoff team. It's simple." - Darryl Sutter's view on the club

  Saturday, Nov. 27 vs. Pittsburgh
  11:00 AM MT (Sportsnet West, FAN 960)

The Flames end their five-game road trip against Sidney Crosby's Penguins on Saturday morning. The last time the Flames visited Pittsburgh was Mar. 25, 2009 when the Penguins handed Calgary a 2-0 loss. Over their past five tilts, the Penguins have the slight edge with a 3-2 record but the Flames have outscored them 12-11 in that span.

The puck drops at 11:00 AM MT on Sportsnet West & The FAN 960.
2 Straight game veteran blueliner Cory Sarich has been a healthy scratch.
10,001 Goals for the Flames franchise.
900 NHL games for Olli Jokinen.
3 Games out of their last 4 that the Flames have went to extra time.
5 Hits for blueliner Robyn Regehr. Overall, the Flames sent 29 hits at the Flyers.

1st Star
Miikka Kiprusoff
36 34 2 65:00 .944
2nd Star
Nikolay Zherdev
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 3
3rd Star
Curtis Glencross
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 2

Sergei Bobrovsky
30 28 2 64:37 .933

Miikka Kiprusoff
36 34 2 65:00 .944

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