CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Miikka Kiprusoff got the Calgary Flames into
overtime. Martin Gelinas took care of things from there.
Kiprusoff made 38 saves, and Gelinas scored his third series-ending overtime
goal Monday night to lift Calgary to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings
and send the sixth-seeded Flames into the conference finals for the first time
Calgary won the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series in six
games, capturing the final two games with 1-0 victories.
Gelinas scored 19:13 into the extra session and Kiprusoff, who has three
shutouts in this year's playoffs, stretched his shutout streak to 149 minutes,
``It was a great team game,'' Gelinas said. ``I'm just happy to be in the
right place. If it wasn't me, it would have been one of my teammates.''
Gelinas eliminated Vancouver when he scored in overtime in Game 7 of the
first round. His only other previous playoff goal in overtime won a series for
Carolina over Toronto in 2002. He is the first NHL player to end three playoff
series with overtime goals.
This time, Gelinas got to a loose rebound in the crease and knocked a shot
past sprawled Detroit goalie Curtis Joseph. The Flames piled off the bench and
mobbed Gelinas in the corner.
``There isn't one hero,'' Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. ``They all did a
The Presidents' Trophy-winning Red Wings played without injured captain
Steve Yzerman and veteran defenseman Chris Chelios. Yzerman was hit in the face
by a puck during Calgary's Game 5 win on Saturday. Chelios missed his fourth
game with either an arm or shoulder injury.
``They had more skill, but we worked extremely hard and it paid off,''
Gelinas said. ``Everybody's been chipping in at different times and it's been
Calgary beat the Red Wings in Detroit on Saturday to take a 3-2 lead in the
series. Kiprusoff and Gelinas teamed up two days later to send the Flames into
the Western Conference finals against San Jose or Colorado.
The Flames outshot Detroit 13-4 in the third period, and only some fine
stops by Joseph kept Calgary off the scoreboard. He finished with 43 saves.
``There's a couple things we didn't do, we didn't score a goal,'' Red Wings
coach Dave Lewis said. ``You can't win a hockey game if you don't score a
One of Joseph's best saves came after Flames captain Jarome Iginla went
end-to-end, almost lost the puck in the Detroit zone, but still got off a shot
that Joseph stopped with his right leg.
Joseph also got a pad on Iginla's backhand during a power play, stopped
Jordan Leopold's blast from the point, and denied Shean Donovan on a two-on-one
breakaway in the game's opening minute.
``Defensively, I don't think we could play any better,'' Lewis said.
``Curtis, when we broke down, was probably even better than anyone could have
``Curtis can't score goals.''
Early in the second period, Gelinas backhanded a shot off the post on a
One of Kiprusoff's best saves came in the second period when he blocked Kris
Draper's hard shot from just outside the crease.
In the third period, there was a gasp from the sellout crowd as Kiprusoff
got a piece of another shot by Draper, then watched as the puck dribbled past
the open corner of the net.
Calgary was also forced into overtime in Game 6 of its series against
Vancouver. The Flames battled back from a 4-0 deficit but lost 5-4 in triple
They then won Game 7 in Vancouver in overtime and took the series opener
against Detroit in extra time.
Calgary thought it scored midway through Monday's first period. The puck
went into the goal, but the net had been pushed off the moorings. The Flames
argued that Detroit's Kirk Maltby pushed the net off on purpose. The referee
disagreed but penalized Maltby for delay of game.
Both sides dealt out some heavy hits. Calgary's Ville Nieminen, who was
suspended for one game after running over Joseph in Game 4, rammed Maltby's
head into the glass.
Detroit defenseman Derian Hatcher flattened rookie Matthew Lombardi with an
elbow to the head.
The Red Wings, who have won three of the past seven Stanley Cup titles, were
swept from the opening round of last year's playoffs by Anaheim. Detroit, which
operates with a $75 million payroll, finished this regular season with 109
points _ the most in the NHL.
Detroit beat Nashville in six games in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Flames, who have a $36 million payroll, earned 94 points to reach the
playoffs for the first time in eight years.