Iginla scored two goals and the Flames held off the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks 3-2 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the
first-round Western Conference series.
"Everybody in our room, me included, was pumped for this game
and knew the importance," said Iginla, who also scored twice in
the overtime loss in Game 4 on Thursday night.
Flames forward Matthew Lombardi says it was the kind of game
they've come to expect from their captain.
"Again tonight he shows us the way and has another huge game
for us," Lombardi said. "As a team we feed off him real well and
the energy he brings. He's such a good leader."
Calgary won a fifth straight Game 5 in which the series was tied
2-2. The Flames split the first four games in each of their four
playoff series in 2004, and won the fifth game each time.
Tony Amonte opened the scoring with a short-handed goal at 5:49
of the first period, and Iginla made it 2-0 with a power-play goal
with 3:42 left in the period.
Daymond Langkow worked the puck back to Andrew Ference at the
blue-line whose slapshot deflected off Iginla, then caromed off the
skate of Ducks defenseman Joe DiPenta and past goalie
"He's throwing the team on his back and kind of carrying the
flag for us," Ference said of Iginla.
Iginla added his fifth goal of the series at 1:03 of the second
period when he fended off Scott Niedermayer and redirected
Langkow's centering pass behind Giguere.
"That was a goal scorer's goal, a one-time deflection,"
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's a dynamic player and you
can't allow that time and space to him for those things to
Anaheim's Andy McDonald spoiled Miikka Kiprusoff's bid for his
sixth career playoff shutout, scoring a power-play goal at 8:19 of
the third. Kiprusoff, who had five shutouts two years ago when he
helped the Flames reach the Stanley Cup finals, poke-checked the
puck into McDonald's skates and it deflected over the goalie and
into the net.
The Mighty Ducks, coming off a 3-2 overtime victory at home
Thursday night, pulled within one on Rob Niedermayer's power-play
goal with 33 seconds left.
Kiprusoff finished with 26 saves.
Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 19 shots he faced after
replacing starter Giguere early in the second period. Giguere
allowed three goals on eight shots.
"This is just a bump in the road," Giguere said. "In the
playoffs you go through all kinds of emotions, all kinds of
scenarios. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad, but at
the end of the day, they're all good experiences and you'll learn
from them and make you better."
On Amonte's opening goal, Lombardi took the puck inside his own
blue line and raced up the ice on a 1-on-2 against rookies Francois
Beauchemin and Ryan Getzlaf. After crossing the Anaheim blue line,
Lombardi cut to his right and went wide on Getzlaf. As Beauchemin
came across to help, Lombardi zipped a backhand pass through both
of them to an uncovered Amonte in the slot.
"We made a poor read, I didn't think Getzlaf was beat but our
defenseman went over and really overplayed it," Carlyle said.
"They through the puck back in front of the net and it was
basically a wide open net."
It was the second short-handed goal allowed in the series by the
Ducks, who gave up 13 during the regular season.
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series is Monday night in Anaheim.
If necessary, the teams will return to Calgary for Game 7 on
Bryzgalov, who stopped 28 shots in a 2-1 overtime loss in
Game 1, has a .959 save-percentage in the series. Giguere is at
.845 after giving up 13 goals on 84 shots. ... Calgary improved to
10-1 all time in Game 5s that come with the series tied 2-2. Of the
nine previous wins, the Flames went on to win the series seven
times. ... Anaheim's lineup featured six rookies and 10 players
appearing in their first NHL playoff series. ... Calgary made one
lineup change at forward replacing Jamie Lundmark with Mike
Leclerc. ... The team that has scored first has won all five games
in the series. ... Since the Olympic break, Calgary has played 30
games in 61 days. Kiprusoff has started 28 of them.