Late penalties give Red Wings 5-3 win over Flames


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Pavel Datsyuk and Valteri Filppula scored goals 1:14 apart to break a 3-3 tie and give the Detroit Red Wings a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames tonight. All told, Detroit capitalized on 3 of their 4 powerplay opportunities, and the Flames have nobody to blame except themselves for taking stupid penalties late in the game.

Thomas Holmstrom got the Wings on the board with a powerplay goal 6:14 into the first period while Derek Smith watched from the box. As we’ve seen so many times in the past, Holmstrom parked himself in front of Kipper and tipped Nick Lidstrom’s point shot into net.

Jarome Iginla evened it up less than a minute into the 2nd period on a 3-on-2 break. Iggy received the puck from Alex Tanguay and fired it past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard with a typical Iggy wrist shot from inside the right face-off circle.

Brendan Morrison put the Flames ahead two minutes later with a slapshot, but the lead would only hold for about 5 minutes before ex-Flame Ian White shot through a screen and beat Miikka Kiprusoff to tie the game at two goals.

Calgary and Detroit then traded powerplay goals (and momentum) early in the 3rd period.

Thomas Holmstrom scored his 2nd of the game from just in front of the Flames net. He squeezed Miikka back to the goal line and then took a pass and stretched to wrap the puck around Kipper’s outstretched pad on the far side of the net.

Olli Jokinen notched his 5th of the season a couple minutes later into a virtually empty net. After working the puck along the boards, Olli cycled it back to the point, then put himself in position to take a cross-seam pass from the other side of the ice. Instead of hitting the post like he has done so many times lately, Jokinen fired it into the net to tie the game again.

The Flames had a bit of momentum late in the game, but they lost it with about 9 minutes to play by taking two quick penalties that put them down 2 men. The most ridiculous of the two penalties was Curtis Glencross, who retaliated after Henrik Zetterberg slashed his stick out of his hands. Glencross picked up his stick, turned around and gave Zetterberg a whack on the leg. It was a useless slash, and one that was totally uncalled for while already down one man.

The Wings ended up scoring on the 2-man advantage and then put another one into the Flames net just as Glencross stepped out onto the ice. It should be no surprise to hear that Sutter benched Glencross for the rest of the game.

The Flames continue their road trip in St. Louis on Friday night.

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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