Flames 5, Devils 3
The Calgary Flames found their scoring touch – at the expense of
Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.
Daymond Langkow, Curtis Glencross and Eric Nystrom scored
second-period goals, and Miikka Kiprusoff made 22 saves in
Calgary’s 5-3 victory Friday night.
Matt Stajan and David Moss scored in the third period for the
Flames, who scored five straight goals after U.S. Olympic star Zach
Parise opened the scoring for New Jersey in the first period.
“For whatever reason, we’ve struggled at home to score goals.
It was nice to get five tonight,” Langkow said. “That’s the way
we’ve got to play every night, with that same emotion and
Calgary entered the night 29th in the NHL in goals, ahead of
“Obviously you’re thinking about it. Especially when you’re
losing,” Langkow said. “You feel like you’re not doing what
you’re supposed to be doing out there and then maybe you change
your game a little bit and it just gets worse.”
Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk scored in the third for the Devils,
and Brodeur finished with 20 saves.
“I was fighting it tonight. They were able to pick up some
garbage goals,” Brodeur said. “It doesn’t happen often but
lately, the pucks definitely not hitting me. That last goal, Stajan
fans on it, it still goes through everything and goes through my
Early in the second period, Langkow started the Calgary scoring
spree with his first goal in 22 games and the Flames’ first in 107
Flames winger Chris Higgins showed his strength controlling the
puck deep in the Devils end, fending off Travis Zajac before
centering to Langkow in the slot. With his back to the net, Langkow
slid a backhander through Brodeur’s pad.
A few minutes later, Glencross gave Calgary the lead on a
short-handed breakaway, whipping the puck into the top corner over
Glencross also had a hand in the third goal with a heavy check
on defenseman Andy Greene that knocked the puck loose. Nystrom
drove hard across the top of the crease, nearly mishandling the
puck before swatting it past Brodeur.
With the victory, Calgary remained a point behind Detroit for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The
Flames won for just the fourth time in their last 13 home
New Jersey, 2-9-1 in its last 12 road games, will complete a
three-game trip Sunday night in Edmonton.
“It’s disappointing,” Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said.
“It’s a game in which we knew how they would play. That is their
game. A hard-working team and you have to work harder, that’s
NOTES: Parise has 30 goals this season. … Calgary is 9-2-1
when Langkow scores.