NHL Game Summary - Calgary at Detroit
(Tuesday, March 9th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, Detroit 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Rene Bourque assisted on the tying goal early in the third period and scored the game-winner less than two minutes later, as the Calgary Flames edged the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, at Joe Louis Arena.
Jarome Iginla posted a goal and an assist for the Flames, who moved one point ahead of Detroit for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West with 32 calendar days remaining in the regular season. Daymond Langkow also tallied for the Flames, who have won three straight games.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 28 saves in the victory.
Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings, who saw their two- game win streak halted and are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 20 years. Detroit will also host Minnesota and Buffalo on its current three-game homestand.
Jimmy Howard allowed three goals on 31 shots in the loss.
"I thought we got good goaltending today to give us a chance," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We didn't respond with a good enough effort."
Calgary entered the third period trailing by a goal, but scored twice within a 91-second span for a 3-2 lead.
First, at the 5:45 mark, the visitors tied it up on Iginla's 31st goal of the season. A shot by Bourque from in close near the inner rim of the lower left circle was saved, but Iginla's backhanded rebound attempt from the top of the crease was successful.
Soon after, it was Bourque's rebound -- again from the goal mouth area -- which gave Calgary the lead. A blast from the centerpoint by Robyn Regehr hit the pad of Howard before Bourque was able to put his body in the right position at the right time and the disc appeared to bounce off his skate and carom across the goal line with 12:44 remaining in regulation.
In the final minutes, Detroit had a power play for more than a minute, but Chris Higgins' empty-netter with 45 seconds to play sealed the victory.
After a scoreless opening period, the Flames grabbed a 1-0 lead 5:18 into the second on Langkow's 13th tally of the season.
Midway through the frame, Datsyuk's 20th goal knotted the contest. Datsyuk accepted a pass from Holmstrom along the right side and lit the lamp with a backhander from the lower portion of the circle that hit Kiprusoff but deflected in.
With the score tied 1-1, the Red Wings took the lead in the latter stages of the second period. After the Flames were whistled for too many men on the ice, the Wings went to work with the extra skater and passed the disc around the perimeter until Brian Rafalski held control at the right point.
Rafalski then quickly passed along the blue line to Nick Lidstrom at the centerpoint, and his slap shot was deflected into the back of the net by Holmstrom with 3:31 to play before the second intermission. Lidstrom's shot was headed wide left of the net but the deflection by Holmstrom, who was stationed near the left post, was perfectly positioned to change direction.
The Red Wings fell to 17-10-5 at home this season, while the Flames are now 17-9-6 on the road in 2009-10...Detroit was 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Flames were scoreless on two chances with the extra skater...Rafalski assisted on both Detroit goals.
03/10 02:36:32 ET