DETROIT (AP) _ The Calgary Flames proved there's more to their offense than
Marcus Nilson's first career playoff goal at 2:39 of overtime lifted Calgary
to a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night in Game 1 of
their Western Conference semifinal series.
Calgary's Robyn Regehr, who like Nilson played in his eighth postseason
game, scored his first career playoff goal late in the second period to tie it
Iginla, a finalist for NHL MVP, didn't mind being held to just two shots _
both in the second period.
``That's part of what's been so fun this year,'' he said. ``It's been
somebody different scoring big goals each night. That's why we're where we're
Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is a big reason the Flames are in the second
round for the first time since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989. And he helped
them win their first Game 1 since the finals 15 years ago. Calgary was 0-7 in
series openers since.
Kiprusoff's 28 saves lifted the Flames to their fourth straight road victory
in the playoffs.
``It's huge,'' Kiprusoff said. ``We're playing the Detroit Red Wings.''
Curtis Joseph made 16 saves for Detroit, which was 3-0 at home this
On the winning goal, Martin Gelinas passed the puck from behind the net to
Nilson, whose shot from the left circle got past Joseph's glove.
``He made a good shot,'' he said. ``I wish I would've had it.''
Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday in Detroit.
The Flames played their third straight overtime game. Calgary beat Vancouver
in overtime in Game 7 of the first-round series after losing Game 6 in triple
overtime. Detroit played its first overtime of the postseason after getting
past Nashville in six games.
The Red Wings had four days of rest while Calgary had just two days off.
Detroit looked fresh _ not rusty _ and prevented the Flames from shooting on
Joseph for nearly 10 minutes. The Red Wings outshot them 13-2 in the opening
``They dominated us in the first period,'' Iginla said. ``Kipper gave us a
While Detroit had the NHL's best record this season, the sixth-seeded Flames
boast two of the league's top players and Darryl Sutter, a finalist for coach
of the year.
Iginla is a finalist for the Hart Trophy and Kiprusoff is a finalist for the
Vezina Trophy, which honors the league's top goalie.
Iginla led the NHL with 41 goals in the regular season and is among league
leaders with eight points in the playoffs.
Kiprusoff allowed just 1.69 goals a game, the lowest average since Dave
Kerr's 1.54 GAA in the 1939-40 season with the New York Rangers.
Kiprusoff faced a lot of pressure from the high-powered Red Wings, but only
one shot got past him.
``It seems like he's always in good position,'' Detroit's Steve Yzerman
Kirk Maltby got a shot past Kiprusoff midway through the first period, but
the goal was negated because Kris Draper was penalized for goaltender
The Red Wings struggled on the power play _ again.
They were 0-for-6 with an extra attacker after going 2-for-29 against
``The difference in the game was our power play,'' Detroit coach Dave Lewis
The only goals in regulation came in the second period. Detroit's Robert
Lang scored at 6:15, and Regehr tied it at 1 with 2:03 left in the period.
Lang, acquired from Washington two months ago, produced his second
highlight-worthy goal of the playoffs and his third overall. He skated from the
left boards across the ice, slipped past one Flames player and had Rhett
Warrener engaged as his wrist shot went over Kiprusoff's shoulder.
Regehr's slap shot from above the left circle flew between two Red Wings and
past Joseph, who looked as if he didn't see the puck. The goal was the first
against Joseph in nearly 120 minutes, dating to Game 5 against Nashville.