CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Jarome Iginla could only be shut down for so long by
the Detroit Red Wings.
The NHL's regular-season scoring champ scored his first goal of the series
Tuesday night, helping the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory that gave them back
the lead in the second-round playoff matchup.
Calgary, which also won the series opener in Detroit, leads the
best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 again at home on Thursday night.
Martin Gelinas had two assists, including one on Iginla's second-period,
power-play goal that gave the Flames a 2-1 lead.
``I think our line created more chances,'' said Iginla, who was held without
a shot in Saturday's 5-2 loss in Detroit. ``I thought we were skating a little
bit better. We were trying to concentrate as a group and a line. We had more
chances and hopefully we can create more the next game.''
Stephane Yelle and Shean Donovan also scored for the Flames.
Robert Lang and Jiri Fischer had the Red Wings' goals.
A two-day rest between games seemed to help the Flames, who beat the older
Red Wings to loose pucks and mixed in speed to complement their grit.
``It was nice to get some nice goals,'' Donovan said. ``When we're skating,
our passes become a little more crisper.''
Detroit forward Darren McCarty said the Red Wings were overpowered.
``They kept throwing a lot of things at us, especially down low,'' he said.
``We didn't play the game we wanted to play. It's imperative we win the next
one. We have to play more desperate.''
Detroit, which had the NHL's best record in the regular season, outshot
Calgary 12-5 in the third period but couldn't get the tying goal past goalie
``In the playoffs, it's strictly based on what we're putting in,'' Flames
coach Darryl Sutter said. ``You can't ask for much more.''
The Red Wings played without veteran defenseman Chris Chelios, who was
injured Saturday after a hit by Calgary's Oleg Saprykin. Chelios returned to
that game but was unable to play Tuesday.
Calgary defenseman Rhett Warrener also didn't play. He was hit in the eye
and across the bridge of the nose by he stick of Detroit captain Steve Yzerman
in Game 2.
The Flames escaped from a wild, five-goal second period with a 3-2 lead.
Lang silenced the roaring, sellout crowd when he opened the scoring at 1:17,
catching Kiprusoff out of position.
Yelle tied it at 3:38 when his shot from the boards ticked defenseman
Mathieu Schneider's stick and deflected through the pads of Detroit's Curtis
Iginla put the Flames ahead at 5:46 when Fischer was off for roughing.
Gelinas feathered a pass from behind the net that Iginla one-timed inside the
post for his sixth goal of the playoffs.
``A couple of our players were mugged out there,'' Red Wings coach Dave
Lewis said. ``And I thought that some of their players should have been
penalized for too many sticks in their hands _ one of ours and one of theirs.''
Fischer made amends for his penalty by tying the game at 11:41 with a shot
from the point.
Marcus Nilson made a pretty play to set up Donovan's goal at 12:24 that put
Calgary ahead 3-2. Nilson, with his back to the boards, fed a soft pass to
Donovan. He stickhandled through the crease and tucked the puck into the far
corner of the net.
``We needed secondary scoring and we got that,'' Sutter said. ``Both Nilson
and Yelle dominated in the second period.''
Kiprusoff came up with a big save late in the second when he stopped Brendan
Shanahan's shot on a two-on-one Detroit breakaway.