NEW YORK (AP) -- Jamie McLennan sweated out his second shutout in four
starts, and the reason had little to do with his opponent.
"I felt good, but this building is really hot, 1,000 degrees out there,"
It didn't affect his performance. McLennan made 36 saves to help Calgary
beat the New York Rangers 5-0 Monday night for the Flames' fifth straight road
Andrew Ference scored two goals and set up another, and Jarome Iginla had a
goal and two assists for Calgary, which snapped a three-game winless streak --
tying its worst slide this season. The Flames are 9-5-0-2 away from home.
"When you're on the road you don't really have anybody to impress,"
Iginla, Ference and Matthew Lombardi scored in the first period. Denis
Gauthier made it 4-0 in the second, and Ference scored from center ice in the
third when his dump-in struck the side glass and caromed directly in as goalie
Mike Dunham went behind the net to play a puck that never came -- leaving him
shaking his head.
Late in the game, Rangers forward Dan LaCouture went down during a fight
with Robyn Regehr and hit his head on the ice, opening a cut that required 12
stitches to close.
McLennan, who has 13 career shutouts, was sharp in his third straight start
in place of injured Miikka Kiprusoff. Both McLennan and Kiprusoff have filled
in for regular goalie Roman Turek, who has played only three games this season
due to injury.
New York's best scoring chances came in the second period when they had a
two-man advantage for 1:21 and another power play. McLennan stopped Anson
Carter twice in front and Eric Lindros' quick drive from the slot.
"The five-on-three, that was pretty much a huge kill for us," McLennan
said. "We killed the full two minutes and they have a lot of firepower over
The Rangers (16-15-4-3) again failed to move three games over .500, a level
they haven't reached since last February. New York went 3-1 on its
just-completed road trip, then came out flat at home.
"We talked about it before the game," forward Bobby Holik said. "Coming
back East after a West Coast trip is always harder. Everybody does it so that's
not an excuse."
Iginla gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 6:48 in after Ference kept the puck in at
the right point. After several whacks, Ference got the puck to Iginla, alone in
He moved it several times from his backhand to forehand as he drifted
between the circles, before ripping a shot past Jussi Markkanen for his 13th
goal -- 11th on the road.
"I don't know what it is. I try to approach each game the same," said
Iginla, who has six goals and seven assists in 12 games against the Rangers.
"I've gotten some good breaks so hopefully that'll continue."
Iginla was originally credited with the goal that stretched the advantage to
two six minutes later.
Nine seconds into a power play, Ference let go a shot that appeared to
deflect in off Iginla. It was Calgary's second goal on the power play in 51
chances over 13 games.
Iginla earned another assist on Lombardi's eighth goal that made it 3-0 with
17.8 seconds left in the first.
Dunham replaced Markkanen at the start of the second and allowed Gauthier's
first of the season just 1:44 in on the first shot he faced. New York has
replaced its goalie three times in six games.
"Those guys are doing their best," Lindros said. "We have to play in
front of our goaltenders. They are getting shots from 12 feet out."
Dunham was pulled in favor of Markkanen in the Rangers' previous home game
against Toronto and again in St. Louis last Thursday, the only loss on the
"We hadn't really played well in the last four games," Rangers captain
Mark Messier said. "We were fortunate to get three wins on the road trip.
"You can look at any area and see that we didn't play well. We didn't have
any answers for them tonight."