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Flames score twice in 18 seconds but lose

4/30/2004

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- Mathieu Dandenault rescued the Detroit Red Wings from an 18-second collapse that could've wrecked their
season.

The defenseman scored his first goal of the postseason midway
through the third period as the top-seeded Red Wings beat the
Calgary Flames 4-2 Thursday night and evened the second-round
playoff series 2-2.

Martin Gelinas and Ville Nieminen scored for the Flames 18
seconds apart in the second period to tie the score at 2 before
Dandenault got the lead back for the Red Wings.

Tomas Holmstrom fired a shot that Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff got a piece of. The puck squirted through his legs and lay in the crease, where Dandenault nudged it over the line to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead with 9:58 left.

Game 5 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals series
is Saturday at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.

"We have a good home record and we play well there so with the
fans back at the Joe, we believe we can turn it up a notch," Joseph
said.

Kirk Maltby and Boyd Devereaux also scored for the Red Wings,
and Henrik Zetterberg added an empty-net goal in the final
minute. Ray Whitney and Kris Draper had two assists apiece.

"I think we wanted to match their work ethic and even exceed
it," Red Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph said. "We feel we've got
a skilled hockey club, but if we work as hard as any team, we're
going to be in good shape."

Just about everyone in the chanting, flag-waving crowd of 19,289
wore either a Calgary jersey, a shirt with a Flames logo or
at least something red. One fan was dressed in full hockey gear, including skates and a helmet with a face shield.

Gelinas started the Flames' comeback at 5:45 of the second
period. Jarome Iginla got the puck out from a scrum in front of the
Detroit net and backhanded a pass to Gelinas, who beat Joseph with
a shot to the high side.

The crowd was still cheering that goal when Nieminen tied it at
6:03.

Shean Donovan, sprawled on the ice, slipped the puck to
Nieminen, who waited for Joseph to go down before tucking the puck
into the corner of the net.

"I think we made a heck of a comeback again tonight being down
in the first like that," Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.

Detroit quickly called a timeout, and the crowd began the chants
of "Cujo, Cujo."

Just moments later, Joseph -- celebrating his 37th birthday --
stopped Nieminen on a two-on-one breakaway.

In the closing seconds, with the game no longer in doubt,
Nieminen slammed into Joseph and knocked him back into the goal.
Nieminen drilled him high, and Joseph held his head while lying
flat on his back.

Nieminen was given a major penalty for charging and was ejected.

Maltby's goal 26 seconds into the game seemed to put the Flames
on their heels and energize the Red Wings.

Calgary went over 10 minutes without recording a shot while
Detroit efficiently controlled play. The Flames finally regrouped
and began applying pressure on the Red Wings in the last half of
the period.

Devereaux made it 2-0 three minutes into the second period when
his shot from the top of the circle went through the legs of
Calgary defenseman Steve Montador and past a screened Kiprusoff.

"The third was there for both teams, and they beat us, they got
an important goal," Iginla said. "And now it's on to the next
game, that's how we face every game. It was a tough one, and now we
look to the next one."

Game notes
The Flames are 6-2 in series they've led 2-1. They lost in
1993 to Los Angeles and 1994 to Vancouver. ... Since 1990, the Red
Wings are 3-2 in series they trailed 2-1. ... The average age of
Calgary's defensemen is 24, compared with 31 for the Red Wings. ...
Flames president Ken King said the team's playoff run could help it
turn "a modest profit" this season.