Flames 6, Devils 3
CALGARY – The Calgary Flames recorded just 14 shots on goal against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
They made six count.
Calgary fired six goals past the goaltending duo ofMartin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg
, beating the Devils 6-3 for their seventh consecutive victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome and ninth in their last 10 games on home ice.
Calgary had some unlikely help extending the winning streak and chasing the future Hall-of-Famer Brodeur, who stopped just three of five shots before being pulled in favor of Johan Hedberg
, who allowed four goals on nine shots in relief.
Three of Calgary's opening period goals came off the stick of defensemen. Jay Bouwmeester, Cory Sarich and T.J. Brodie scored for the Flames, who had combined for two goals in 99 games coming into the contest. In all, Flames defensemen had contributed just 10 goals this year before their first period explosion.
Bouwmeester opened the scoring on Brodeur at 5:54 with a seeing-eye wrister through a screen. The goal was Bouwmeester's first since beating Devan Dubnyk in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 18.
Sarich broke an equally dry scoring drought at 7:32, chasing Brodeur from the game. Sarich took a pass from Mikael Backlund and blasted a shot past the Devils goalie for his first goal of the season. Sarich last scored on March 23, 2011.
The Flames were equally tough on Hedberg in relief.
After Jarome Iginla chipped the puck past Henrik Tallinder
, Olli Jokinen swept in and fed a backhand pass to Curtis Glencross, who beat Hedberg on the first shot he faced at 13:12 to make it 3-0. It didn't get any easier for Hedberg, who was beat by a Brodie blast on his second shot with 3:22 remaining in the period.
In all, Calgary found the back of the net four times on eight shots in the opening period.
New Jersey broke through against Miikka Kiprusoff in the second. After Kiprusoff stuffed Zach Parise
's wraparound and rebound attempts, Adam Henrique
picked the puck up in the slot and fed Ilya Kovalchuk
, who lifted the puck over a downed Kiprusoff with 5:12 remaining to make it 4-1.
Lee Stempniak temporarily restored Calgary's four-goal advantage. Stempniak fired a shot that was redirected by the glove of Kurtis Foster
and behind Hedberg at 16:38.
But with teammate Mark Fayne
in the box, Henrique converted a Parise 2-on-1 opportunity, rifling the puck past Kiprusoff 46 seconds later to make it 5-2 heading into the second intermission.
Lance Bouma, who has points in two straight games since being recalled from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat, almost added to Calgary's lead early in the third. After catching New Jersey asleep at the wheel, Bouma broke into the Devils zone and uncorked a shot that went over Hedberg's shoulder, but struck the crossbar 2:58 into the period. Three minutes later, the Devils pulled to within two with Calgary captainJarome Iginla in the penalty box.
In the corner, Patrik Elias
fed Kovalchuk at the opposite point. Kovalchuk faked the slap slot and returned the puck to Elias, who one-timed a blast past Kiprusoff to make it 5-3 at 6:04. The goal prompted a Flames timeout.
The move worked.
At 8:49, Iginla struck with Calgary's first shot of the period. After receiving the puck in the slot, Iginla's initial attempt was stuffed. He corralled the puck again and fired a shot along the ice, beating Hedberg between the legs to make it 6-3.
With the goal, Iginla moved past longtime Flames forward Lanny McDonald and into sole possession of 41st on the all-time goal scoring lead with 501 goals. McDonald was on hand prior to the game to help celebrate Iginla's 500th goal, scored Saturday night in a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild.
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