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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Rangers

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
NEW YORK, NY -- The Calgary Flames came were able to outshoot the New York Rangers 32-24 but they were unable to beat Martin Biron more than once in their 2-1 loss on Monday.

Jarome Iginla continued his hot streak, adding his sixth goal in three games at 5:16 of the second period.

Brian Boyle and Dan Girardi scored for the Rangers in the middle stanza.

The third period was marked by a huge hit on Matt Stajan by Marc Staal that ended the Flames forward's game. Stajan made a pass to Alex Tanguay at the Rangers blueline and as soon as he released the puck, Staal came barging in from the side and hit him in the head with his shoulder.

Stajan needed to be helped off the ice after the hit. Staal was not penalized on the play.

For the second time in two nights, the Flames penalty woes played a large role in a loss. Curtis Glencross took an undisciplined penalty in the neutral zone, high-sticking a Ranger in retaliation for a clean hit, and was sent to the sin bin at 12:27. Just 14 seconds later, Girardi sent a hard shot from the point and it bounced off a Flame and while Kiprusoff was able to get a piece of the deflected puck, it trickled underneath his arm and into the net.

Steve Staios has laced up for just 10 contests this season but the veteran blueliner played a huge role in the Flames opening tally.

The defenceman broke up a dangerous play in the Flames zone, allowing Stajan to get the puck up to Iginla, who had moved into the neutral zone with Jay Bouwmeester. Staios also hopped into the play, giving the Flames a 3-on-1. Iginla passed the puck off to Bouwmeester as soon as he got across the blueline, Bouwmeester carried the puck close to the net before dishing it over to the captain, who snapped home his sixth tally in three games.

While his name doesn't appear on the scoresheet, Mikael Backlund came out with one of his best games of the season. The young forward was a constant offensive threat for the entire match, creating chance after chance with linemates Rene Bourque and Niklas Hagman.

Overall, he had three shots on nets, two shots blocked by the Rangers, one hit and blocked one shot in 18:18 of ice time.

Iginla has always had luck against the Rangers, notching his 450th career goal on Monday evening. In 11 games against the Blue Shirts, Iginla has amassed 11 goals and 4 assists.

On Monday, Iginla had one goal, five shots on net and four hits in 22:00 of ice time.

"I think we've been working extremely hard for the last three games. With the skill level we have, success is going come." - Alex Tanguay (via The Calgary Herald)

  Weds., Nov. 24 vs. New Jersey
  5:30 PM MT (TSN, FAN 960)

Head coach Brent Sutter returns to New Jersey to square off against his former club, the Devils. The last time the Flames visited the Garden State was Mar. 10 when they fell by a score of 3-2. The Devils have an edge in the last five games played between the two clubs with three wins.

Game time is 5:30 PM MT on TSN & The FAN 960.
14 Seconds into the first period for the Flames first penalty to be called.
450 Career goals for Iginla.
13 Assists this season for Stajan.
5 Hits for Tim Jackman, who led his team in that respect.
25:45 Ice time for Bouwmeester.

1st Star
Martin Biron
32 31 1 60:00 .968
2nd Star
Jarome Iginla
G A P +/- Shots
1 0 1 +1 5
3rd Star
Dan Girardi
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 0 3

Martin Biron
32 31 1 60:00 .968

Miikka Kiprusoff
24 22 2 59:59 .916

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