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NHL Game Summary - New Jersey at Calgary



(Friday, March 5th)

Final Score: Calgary 5, New Jersey 3

Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Matt Stajan scored the eventual game-winner midway through the third period, as the Calgary Flames held off the New Jersey Devils, 5-3, at Pengrowth Saddledome.

Curtis Glencross, Daymond Langkow, Eric Nystrom, and David Moss also scored for the Flames, who beat New Jersey at home for the first time since March 5, 2003. Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves for Calgary, which ended a four-game homestand with a 2-2-0 record.

"Tonight's game was a game that we needed to play well to have success," Flames head coach Brent Sutter said. "I know better than anyone what type of team they have there. If you want to have success against them you've got to battle and compete. We need everyone, every night, we can't have any average players and tonight we had a real solid team effort."

Zach Parise lit the lamp twice for the Devils, who fell to 1-2-0 on a four- game road trip that ends Sunday in Edmonton. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the other goal for New Jersey, which got 20 saves from Martin Brodeur.

Stajan made it 4-1 in favor of Calgary at the 9:29 mark of the third. Brodeur couldn't fully control Rene Bourque's shot from the left circle, and Stajan was there to slap home the bouncing puck.

Just 33 seconds later, Moss found the back of the net to make it a four-goal contest.

But the Devils never gave up, scoring a pair of goals within 1:18 span. Jamie Langenbrunner's shot from the slot sat in the crease before Parise slid the disc across the line to make it 5-2 with 3:52 to play.

Kovalchuk's wrister from the left circle barely beat Kiprusoff with 2:34 to go, cutting the deficit to two.

New Jersey couldn't score any more goals despite pulling Brodeur for an extra attacker.

"It's a game that we knew how (Calgary) would play," Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire said. "This is their game. It's a hard-working team, and you have to work harder. That's all."

The Devils went up 1-0 on Parise's goal at the 13:37 mark of the first period. A shot from the right point bounced off the back boards and found the stick of Travis Zajac in front. Zajac dumped off a pass to Parise, who fired a shot past Kiprusoff.

Just 1:43 into the second, Langkow scored the first of five straight Calgary goals. Christopher Higgins made his way out from behind the cage prior to sending a shot on net. Langkow gathered the rebound and backhanded the puck into the net to tie things up.

Glencross' short-handed goal at the 5:41 mark gave the Flames a 2-1 edge. Nystrom then lit the lamp with 3:56 remaining to make it a two-goal game heading to the third.

Game Notes

This was the only meeting between New Jersey and Calgary this season...The Devils went 1-for-4 on the power play, while the Flames went 0-for-1 on the man advantage.

03/06 00:43:02 ET

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