Calgary at Carolina

Phaneuf's late goal breaks tie, helps Flames burn Hurricanes

CBSSports.com wire reports
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Long hours on the road don't seem to be bothering the Calgary Flames too much these days.

Dion Phaneuf scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period Friday night to help the Flames hold off the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3, keeping Calgary unbeaten on its six-game road trip.

Jarome Iginla, Kristian Huselius and Dustin Boyd also scored for the Flames, who are 4-0 on the trip so far -- including Thursday night's win at Tampa Bay. And despite facing a slumping team desperate for a win, Calgary had enough energy left to hang on despite being outplayed much of the way.

"We've had a lot of travel and we've been getting in a 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the morning," said Flames coach Mike Keenan, who earned his 599th career victory. "So you don't get much sleep, much rest. But we're a well-trained team, a fit team, and that's helped us. And you could see we had enough energy -- just barely enough tonight -- to get through it."

The Flames opened the six-game stretch by winning at Chicago and beating Florida in a shootout before cruising by the Lightning 9-6. They close it by traveling to St. Louis and Columbus, a pair of teams ahead of them in the Western Conference standings.

The win against struggling Carolina will certainly boost their confidence even more.

"We were playing a desperate team," Phaneuf said. "It was a big win for our team to be able to just keep plugging and plugging and plugging, and get the win and persevere through a tough game of back and forth."

For Carolina, it was another head-scratching performance -- though this time more because the Hurricanes couldn't find a way to win despite carrying much of the action. They were already in a foul mood after Wednesday's 6-0 home loss to Ottawa, a performance that veteran defenseman Glen Wesley called "unacceptable" and "embarrassing."

Losing a game in which they outshot the Flames 36-21 and went just 1-for-8 on the power play won't help, either. Carolina still leads the Southeast Division, but has lost seven of 10 games.

"I thought that the effort was good," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. "The results were obviously not good. We looked for chances. We hunted them, worked for them and obviously came up with the short end of the stick.

"Tonight we showed up and worked, but ... maybe you have to just dig a little more."

Miikka Kiprusoff finished with 33 saves for Calgary, which never trailed thanks to a couple of opportunistic goals off Carolina turnovers for an early lead. Still, the Hurricanes hung around and tied it when Matt Cullen weaved between two defenders on the power play and buried a shot past Kiprusoff to make it 3-all about 7 minutes into the third.

That's when Phaneuf came up with the winner, grabbing the puck when Matthew Lombardi won the faceoff and burying a low shot by Cam Ward for the lead at 11:48 of the third.

The Flames' penalty kill then came up with a pair of big stops in the final 6 minutes, preventing Carolina from getting a shot on the first power play then holding the Hurricanes to just two shots on the second.

Cullen also had two assists for Carolina, while Adrian Aucoin added two assists for Calgary.

Notes

  • The Hurricanes played without RW Scott Walker, who was suspended one game for head-butting Ottawa's Mike Fisher during a fight Wednesday night.
  • Wesley played his 1,412th career game, moving past Harry Howell into eighth place on the NHL's all-time list of games played by a defenseman.
  • After Calgary got off the first three shots, the Hurricanes outshot the Flames 16-4 through the rest of the first period.
  • Iginla scored a goal for the third straight game.
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Dion Phaneuf (center) celebrates his tie-breaking goal that lifts Calgary to its fourth straight.  (AP)
Dion Phaneuf (center) celebrates his tie-breaking goal that lifts Calgary to its fourth straight. (AP)

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Scoreboard
Calgary  (15-13-5) «1124
Carolina (16-14-3)1113
Three Stars
D. Phaneuf
CGY


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
M. Cullen
CAR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
M. Kiprusoff
CGY


Saves: 33
Save Pct.: .917
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
04:56Kristian Huselius (13), Slap Shot. Assist: Daymond Langkow
05:53Chad LaRose (4), Wrist Shot. Assist: Matt Cullen, Trevor Letowski
2ND PERIOD
14:09Dustin Boyd (2), Backhand Shot. Assist: Adrian Aucoin
15:22Craig Adams (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tim Gleason, Matt Cullen
3RD PERIOD
25.0Power Play - Jarome Iginla (21), Slap Shot. Assist: Adrian Aucoin, Dion Phaneuf
07:19Power Play - Matt Cullen (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Rod Brind'Amour
11:48Dion Phaneuf (6), Wrist Shot. Assist: Matthew Lombardi
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:22Smith, 2 min, Holding the Stick
06:41Hale, 2 min, Interference
19:36Iginla, 2 min, High-Sticking
2ND PERIOD
01:37Phaneuf, 2 min, Roughing
05:27Staal, 2 min, High-Sticking
08:10Hedican, 2 min, Holding the Stick
18:17Smith, 2 min, Tripping
19:21Cole, 2 min, Tripping
3RD PERIOD
06:36Sarich, 2 min, High-Sticking
13:30Nolan, 2 min, Interference
16:12Phaneuf, 2 min, High-Sticking
Shots On Goal
 123T
Calgary79521
Carolina1611936
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGA
Miikka Kiprusoff60:00333
Cam Ward58:52174
Game Information
Attendance - 15536
Referees - Stephane Auger, Mike Hasenfratz
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Pierre Racicot
 
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