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Scott Niedermayer’s powerplay goal with less than six minutes left in the 3rd period was a killer for the Calgary Flames. The Mighty Ducks captain scored the game winning goal by knocking the puck off Rhett Warrener’s leg from behind the net. His goal pushed this Western Conference quarterfinal series to game 7.
Anaheim had several chances to score during the game, but Miikka Kiprusoff stymied them repeatedly. Teemu Selanne scored a goal in the 1st period that was disallowed due to goaltender interference. The Flames got a freebie on that one, because it was obvious in the video replay that Joffrey Lupul hit Kiprusoff after the puck had gone into the net. Selanne was furious and contested the call, but fortunately for the Flames that call is not reviewable.
Despite the loss Stephane Yelle scored in the first period on a rebound from a Robyn Regehr point shot. That quited the Anaheim fans pretty well. Kristian Huselius also had a chance to tie the game on a breakaway in the third period, but he hit the post. And Dion Phaneuf seemed to regain some of his regular season energy when he nailed Todd Fedoruk with a great hit in the third period.
In my humble opinion, one of the the main reasons that Calgary lost (other than the fact they didn’t score more goals) is that Jarome Iginla sat in the penalty box for 5 of the first 10 minutes of the game. Iginla decided to fight Francois Beauchemin early in the first period. Iginla is Calgary’s best offensive player, and to be taken out for the first 5 minutes by a rookie is not a great trade-off. It was a stupid thing for Iginla to do when he’s got guys like Chris Simon, Darren McCarty and rookies like Dion Phaneuf that could have done just as good of a job.
CGY: Yelle (1) A: Regehr
ANA: Selanne (2) A: McDonald, Kunitz
ANA: S. Niedermayer (2) Perry, Getzlaf