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.