NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Calgary
(Tuesday, February 10th)
Final Score: Calgary 5, Atlanta 2
Calgary, AB (Sports Network) - Dean McAmmond scored two goals for the Calgary Flames, lifting his team to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers at the Saddledome.
Jarome Iginla added two insurance markers for Calgary, which has won all three meetings against Atlanta on home ice. Matthew Lombardi also scored for the Flames.
Miikka Kiprusoff made 23 saves in his first game back from a knee injury. He had missed the last 19 games for the Flames, who won for just the second time in six contests (2-3-1).
"I thought (Kiprusoff) played solid," Calgary coach Darryl Sutter said. "I think he got better as the game went on."
Ilya Kovalchuk provided the only offense with two goals for the Thrashers, who have lost five in a row en route to a nine-game winless streak (0-7-2). Pasi Nurminen allowed four goals on the 26 shots he faced as Atlanta got off to an auspicious start on its season-long seven-game road trip.
With the score knotted 2-2 in the final period, McAmmond's second goal of the night put the Flames ahead for good with 6:41 remaining. He grabbed a loose puck in the high slot and slid a wrister through the legs of a screened Nurminen for his 17th of the year.
Iginla added two more goals for good measure, the first coming just less than two minutes after McAmmond's. Iginla, standing in the slot, quickly adjusted to his backhand to accept a pass from behind the net by Craig Conroy, and roofed the puck over Nurminen for his 25th tally of the campaign.
Iginla put an exclamation point on the victory by scoring an empty netter from center ice with just four ticks left.
Kiprusoff got off to a shaky start, allowing Kovalchuk to score just 1:35 into the contest to give the Thrashers the initial lead. The NHL's third-leading scorer fired home a rebound of a shot by Ronald Petrovicky for his 28th on the year.
After McAmmond evened the score less than 11 minutes later with his 16th of the season, Kovalchuk re-established the one goal margin with under a minute to go in the frame, capitalizing on a two-man advantage as Conroy was assessed a double minor for high-sticking.
Lombardi's 12th marker of the year made it 2-2 when he took a feed from behind the net by Chris Clark to beat Nurminen short side with 4:35 left in the middle period.
Kiprusoff settled down in the final 40 minutes, although he was barely challenged, as he stopped all 12 Atlanta shots.
The matchup was the only one of the season between the two clubs...Calgary evened the all-time series at 3-3-1...The Thrashers finished 1-for-6 on the power play while Calgary was scoreless in five chances with the extra skater...Conroy had two helpers for the Flames...Atlanta's Dany Heatley, who grew up in Calgary, recorded his first assist of the season, giving him two points in six games since returning from the injuries he suffered in the car crash that claimed the life of teammate Dan Snyder. He did it in front of a crowd that included his parents as well as Snyder's parents, who have supported Heatley in his comeback...Prior to the game, the Thrashers activated defenseman Andy Sutton and forward Randy Robitaille, while placing defenseman Yannick Tremblay on injured reserve.
02/11 01:17:26 ET