Flames 4, Red Wings 2

The Calgary Flames played as though they were hungrier than the

Detroit Red Wings, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for

the first time in years.

Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque scored 1:31 apart in the third to

put Calgary ahead in a 4-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday night.

“We got outshot 15-4 at home in the third period in a game that

desperation on both sides should show,” Red Wings coach Mike

Babcock said. “We were playing against a team that wants to get in

the playoffs. We need to show that we want to be in, as well.”

The Flames moved into eighth place in the Western Conference and

pushed Detroit to ninth.

“Obviously, you could tell how much was on the line,” Iginla

said.

Iginla snapped his 19-game streak without a goal against the Red

Wings to make it 2-all, scoring against them for the first time

since March 3, 2004.

“It’s been a while,” he said. “It felt good.”

Since Iginla’s last goal versus Detroit, he scored enough

against everybody else to rank fourth in the NHL in goals.

“He’s one of the premier scorers in the league,” Detroit’s

Jason Williams said. “It’s tough to keep a guy like that off the

scoreboard.”

Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff did a good job of doing that to

Detroit, making 28 saves to help the Flames win their third

straight.

Babcock said Jimmy Howard, who also stopped 28 shots, gave the

Red Wings a chance to win.

But Babcock blamed his team for failing to clear the puck from

its end when Calgary scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the

third. Detroit ruined a chance to win a third straight game and

fourth out of five since the Olympic break.

Inconsistency more than injuries has become the biggest problem

for the Red Wings, 8-8-6 the last two months.

“We play one, then not the next one,” Babcock said. “We need

to put a string together.”

If Detroit doesn’t, a remarkable run might end. The Red Wings

have been in 18 straight postseasons, the longest streak in

sports.

“Losing tonight definitely makes it a little harder on

ourselves,” Williams said. “It’s not going to be easy.”

Following a slow start, Detroit bounced back to take control of

the game.

Calgary’s Daymond Langkow scored 5:18 into the second after a

scoreless first.

Pavel Datsyuk scored midway through the period to tie it, and

Tomas Holmstrom had a power-play goal late in the period to put

Detroit ahead.

After Iginla ended his drought against Detroit, Bourque scored

the winner 7:16 into the third.

The Red Wings had a power play shortly after falling behind, but

couldn’t take advantage, then got called for two penalties.

Calgary gave them hope when Ian White was called for tripping

with 2:45 left in the game to set up a 4-on-4 situation and a power

play that lasted just less than a minute.

Howard was pulled, giving Detroit a two-man skating advantage,

but it didn’t do much with the opportunity and gave up an empty-net

goal to Christopher Higgins with 45 seconds left.

“The team that worked the hardest won the game,” Babcock

said.

The Flames moved into eighth place in the West with 75 points –

and 16 games left in the regular season. They are one point ahead

of the two-time defending conference champions.

“Every game is such a big game and we have to treat each one

like a playoff game,” Calgary coach Brent Suter said.

NOTES: Iginla scored his 31st goal this season, his 11th

straight with at least 28 goals. … The Red Wings were booed off

the ice. … Datsyuk, who has a six-game point streak, and Bourque

both scored their 20th goals.