CALGARY - Mike Cammalleri scored and added two assists Monday night as the Calgary Flames took advantage of a shaky outing from goaltender Chris Osgood to win 5-3 over the Detroit Red Wings.
Osgood entered the game red-hot having been in net for each of Detroit's victories in a four-game winning streak. However, it would be an early exit for the 36-year-old, making a fifth straight start for the first time this season.
The only goal of the first period came at 10:57 when Dion Phaneuf notched his 11th goal on Calgary's second shot of the game. Phaneuf's harmless-looking snapshot from just over the blue-line beat Osgood on his glove side.
As unusual as it was to see Osgood surrender a goal from over 50 feet out, the next two goals in the early going of the second period were even more uncharacteristic.
Jamie Lundmark wristed the puck from deep in the corner towards the net, glancing off Osgood's pad and trickling underneath him to make it 2-0 at 2:21.
The sell-out crowd of 19,289 at Pengrowth Saddledome got right into the game after that; immediately serenading Osgood with chants of "Os-good, Os-good."
They would have more to jeer about three minutes later when Cammalleri, while skating behind the net, banked a puck off Osgood's pad and in for his 36th.
That ended Osgood's night, with coach Mike Babcock replacing him with Ty Conklin. Having surrendered three goals on 14 shots, Osgood went straight to the dressing room and didn't return for the remainder of the game.
Detroit rallied in the game's final 10 minutes as the Red Wings got goals from Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Curtis Glencross and Craig Conroy, into an empty net, also scored for Calgary (43-24-6).
The Flames open up a five-point lead on the idle Vancouver Canucks atop the Northwest Division.
Pavel Datsyuk - with his 30th goal - also scored for Detroit (49-15-9).
On a night that Osgood had no luck, Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff appeared to have plenty of it.
Mikael Samuelsson had a breakaway in the second period, and after getting around a sprawled Kiprusoff, his shot hit the post, hit Kiprusoff in the leg, hit the post again then slid along the line before being cleared to safety by Cory Sarich.
In the third period, a point shot from Niklas Kronwall smashed off the end boards and ricocheted off the back of Kiprusoff's outstretched pad before being covered as it was about to cross the line.
After Glencross' one-timer at 5:31 of the third put Calgary ahead 4-1, Franzen started the Red Wings rally cutting into the slot and whipping his 31st goal of the season off the goalpost and in at 10:22.
The Red Wings cut it to 4-3 when Hudler cut into the slot the from the other side and banged a bouncing puck behind Kiprusoff.
Detroit poured on the pressure the rest of the way, but couldn't get the tying goal behind Kiprusoff. Conroy clinched it scoring into an empty net with 28 seconds remaining.
The Red Wings outshot Calgary 33-27 for the game including 16-9 in the third period.
Notes: Daymond Langkow's assist on Phaneuf's goal was his 600th NHL point... Calgary inserted RW David Van der Gulik into the line-up. The rookie was recalled earlier in the day from Quad Cities (AHL), the third time in less than a month he's been summoned from the minors... Calgary RW David Moss was awarded the 2008-09 Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award, which goes to the Flames player who exemplifies determination and leadership along with dedication to community service... Detroit is one of five NHL teams that have not had hat-trick yet this season. The others are Colorado, Minnesota, San Jose, and Vancouver.