The Calgary Flames beat the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings for the 2nd time this month with a 5-3 win.
Mike Cammalleri scored a goal and added 2 assists as the Flames claimed their 2nd straight win against Detroit and moved ahead another 2 points in the race for the playoffs.
Dion Phaneuf, Jamie Lundmark, Curtis Glencross and Craig Conroy also scored for the Flames who took advantage of Chris Osgood’s shaky goaltending in the first 2 periods to take a 3-0 lead. After Cammalleri’s goal 5 minutes into the 2nd period, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock pulled Osgood and replaced him with Ty Conklin.
Conklin was able to keep his team in the game as the Red Wings gained ground with Pavel Datsyuk’s 30th goal of the season. After Glencross gave the Flames a 4-1 lead 5 minutes into the 3rd priod, the Red Wings pressed and managed to close the gap to 4-3.
With Conklin on the bench for an extra skater, Craig Conroy worked the puck out of his end and eventually ended up with it back on his stick with a lot of space open in front of him. He shot the puck from centre ice and sealed the 5-3 win for the Flames.
The Flames and the Red Wings split their 4-game season series equally with identical 2-1-1 records. Detroit took both of the first games (5-2 and 4-3 in OT). Calgary won the final 2 games (6-5 Shootout, 5-3).
Calgary’s next game will be on the road in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.