Home ice proved to be friendly to the Calgary Flames again tonight as they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 to even their playoff series at 2-2.
Daymond Langkow and Miikka Kiprusoff were the difference for Calgary, with Langkow scoring 2 goals including the game winner 8 minutes into the 2nd period and Kiprusoff stoping 33 shots, including 25 of 25 through periods 2-3.
Langkow opened the scoring for Calgary 8:19 into the first period with a close-in shot made possible by a perfect pass from Alex Tanguay. He scored the game winning goal almost 20 minutes later on another pass from Alex Tanguay. His 2nd goal gave the Flames a 3-2 lead, which they managed to hang onto for the rest of the game.
Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen both scored goals in the 1st period for Detroit.
Craig Conroy also scored for the Flames when he took a pass from Wayne Primeau and fired it past Wings’ goalie Dominik Hasek.
In the 2nd and 3rd periods the Red Wings could not find the solution to beat Miikka Kiprusoff. They put 13 shots on the Calgary net in the 2nd period and 12 shots in the 3rd period, but Kiprusoff stopped them all in dramatic fashion. Late in the game the Flames goaltender stopped a series of shots from the Red Wings forwards while they were pressing hard in the Calgary end.
As a credit to the rest of the Flames, instead of doing what they usually do and relying on Kipper to win the game for them, the team turned it on and played the last 2 minutes of the game in Detroit’s end of the rink.
The Flames were without defenceman Robyn Regehr again, who continues to sit out with an inured knee.
The next 2 games of the series are back-to-back on the weekend, which will mean lots of travelling for both teams. Game 5 is in Detroit at 3pm on Saturday, April 21. Game 6 will be back in Calgary on Sunday evening.
CGY: Langkow (1) A: Tanguay, Iginla
DET: Bertuzzi (1) A: Lang, Lebda
CGY: Conroy (1) A: Primeau
DET: Franzen (1) A: Bertuzzi, Chelios
CGY: Langkow (2) A: Tanguay, Iginla