NHL Game Summary - Calgary at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 7th)
Final Score: Calgary 4, New Jersey 1
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla scored a pair of goals and added an assist to lift the Calgary Flames past the New Jersey Devils, 4-1, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Dion Phaneuf and Daymond Langkow also scored for the Flames, who won for the third time in their last four games. Langkow also had an assist and Andrew Ference added two helpers in the win.
Philippe Sauve made 31 saves for Calgary.
"We played really solid in front of the crease, they were letting me see every shot out there," said Sauve of the Calgary defense. "I just tip my hat to them, that was a great effort on their part."
Alexander Mogilny netted the lone goal for the Devils, who saw their four-game home winning streak come to an end. Jamie Langenbrunner tallied his 11th assist in the loss.
Martin Brodeur saw only 15 shots in the game, but allowed four of them into the back of the net as New Jersey lost for the third time in its last four games.
The Flames finished 3-for-4 on the power play, while the Devils only converted one of 10 chances. The Devils are now 2-for-37 on the power play in their last six games.
With the game tied 1-1 after the first, Calgary exploded for two power-play goals early in the second to take control of the game.
With a 5-on-3 advantage, Phaneuf took a one-time feed from the point and his blast got past Brodeur's stick side 48 seconds into the second. Then, 38 seconds later and still on the power-play, the Flames went up 3-1 after Iginla sent a pass to Langkow, who in turn let go a shot from the left circle that sneaked past Brodeur's glove side.
"I think it might have tipped (Brian) Rafalski's stick but still it was at a really bad angle," said Devils head coach Larry Robinson of Iginla's goal. "When Marty is sharp he has that one. (But) when you get 10 power-play chances, you should have more goals than that."
Later in the second, after a Colin White turnover in his own zone, Iginla took control of the puck along the right boards, skated towards the net and flipped a pass towards the slot from in close that hit off of defenseman Paul Martin's skate and under Brodeur for a 4-1 edge with 7:09 left in the second.
Neither team netted a goal in the final frame.
The Flames only had two shots in first period but connected on one to end the first frame tied.
New Jersey scored first for an early lead on the power play after Langenbrunner found Mogilny with a pass in the offensive zone before taking a hit along the boards. Mogilny then carried the puck into the left circle and fired a shot that found the back of the net at the 12:50 mark of the opening period.
Iginla would tie the contest with 1:18 remaining in the first while on the power play. After Iginla took a pass from Langkow down low to the left of the net, the forward skated towards the net and slid the puck underneath Brodeur for the tally.
"It was a good road trip, we played in a lot of tough buildings," said Iginla of the Flames' recent five-game road trip in which they finished 3-2. "New Jersey is always a tough building to play in."
New Jersey outshot the Flames 13-2 in the first and 10-2 in the third periods...Iginla now has 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) on the season...Ference has 11 assists on the year...Rhett Warrener tallied his first assist of the year and now has three points so far this season.
12/07 23:36:26 ET