The NHL's regular-season scoring champ scored his first goal of
the series Tuesday night, helping the Calgary Flames to a 3-2
victory that gave them back the lead in the second-round playoff
Calgary, which also won the series opener in Detroit, leads the
best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 again at home on Thursday
Martin Gelinas had two assists, including one on Iginla's
second-period, power-play goal that gave the Flames a 2-1 lead.
"I think our line created more chances," said Iginla, who was
held without a shot in Saturday's 5-2 loss in Detroit. "I thought
we were skating a little bit better. We were trying to concentrate
as a group and a line. We had more chances, and hopefully we can
create more the next game."
A two-day rest between games seemed to help the Flames, who beat
the older Red Wings to loose pucks and mixed in speed to complement
"It was nice to get some nice goals," Donovan said. "When
we're skating, our passes become a little more crisper."
Detroit forward Darren McCarty said the Red Wings were
"They kept throwing a lot of things at us, especially down
low," he said. "We didn't play the game we wanted to play. It's
imperative we win the next one. We have to play more desperate."
Detroit, which had the NHL's best record in the regular season,
outshot Calgary 12-5 in the third period but couldn't get the tying
goal past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
"In the playoffs, it's strictly based on what we're putting
in," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said. "You can't ask for much
The Flames escaped from a wild, five-goal second period with a
Lang silenced the roaring, sellout crowd when he opened the
scoring at 1:17, catching Kiprusoff out of position.
Iginla put the Flames ahead at 5:46 when Fischer was off for
roughing. Gelinas feathered a pass from behind the net that Iginla
one-timed inside the post for his sixth goal of the playoffs.
"A couple of our players were mugged out there," Red Wings
coach Dave Lewis said. "And I thought that some of their players
should have been penalized for too many sticks in their hands -- one
of ours and one of theirs."
Fischer made amends for his penalty by tying the score at 11:41
with a shot from the point.
Marcus Nilson made a pretty play to set up Donovan's goal at
12:24 that put Calgary ahead 3-2. Nilson, with his back to the
boards, fed a soft pass to Donovan. He stickhandled through the
crease and tucked the puck into the far corner of the net.
"We needed secondary scoring, and we got that," Sutter said.
"Both Nilson and Yelle dominated in the second period."
Kiprusoff came up with a big save late in the second when he
stopped Brendan Shanahan's shot on a two-on-one Detroit breakaway.
Lang attended Calgary's training camp in 1996 but couldn't
agree to a contract with the Flames. ... The Flames were outshot a
combined 28-5 in the first period of the opening two games of the
series. ... The wife of Calgary D Jordan Leopold gave birth to a
daughter Sunday night.