The Calgary Flames went into Joe Louis arena on Tuesday night facing off against the Detroit Red Wings, a team they have struggled against so far this season as they sit 0-3 against the Western Conference leaders. Jarome Iginla and his crew came out of the gate with great intensity in which they would hope to turn into momentum to help scratch their losing ways against the Red Wings, instead they fought an uphill battle most of the game and came out with a 5-3 loss.
Despite the loss, it was Robyn Regehr that gave the Flames the first goal of the game and some early life to the Flames with 8:59 remaining in the first period.
Approximately 5 minutes later the Flames first period lead was taken away by Pavel Datsyuk, who would be a big helper in the game for the Wings, as he netted his first of the night, and his 6th of the season. Just 23 seconds later off a pass from Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper was able to get his 6th of the season as well and take a 2-1 lead before the end of the first.
A scary situation came early in the 2nd period for Calgary as Miikka Kiprusoff took a wild shot off the mask around the jaw area. They would have the mask checked out, by the training staff of the Calgary Flames and everything did seem to be alright. That was until the next shot on Miikka Kiprusoff during a Detroit 5-on-3 power play, when Tomas Holmstrom put one by the shaken net minder for his 13th of the season.
Mike Keenan would pull Kiprusoff after Detroit took the 3-1 lead, as that was only the 12th shot on the Calgary goaltender.
Curtis McElhinney would see action sooner then expected as he was the starting goaltender for Calgary in their 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues the previous game.
It was Dion Phaneuf that would inch the Flames closer, as he put his 5th of the season past Detroit net minder Chris Osgood on the power play.
Pavel Datsyuk netted the first goal past Calgary’s rookie goaltender McElhinney, his second of the game to increase the Red Wings lead to two.
Yet once again the Calgary Flames would fight back and Alex Tanguay would slide his 6th of the season past Osgood, giving Jarome Iginla his third assist of the contest.
Even though the Flames seem to be turning up the heat on the Red Wings it was Valtteri Filppula, that scored his 4th of the season, giving Detroit the insurance marker and the 5-3 victory.
The big hit of the game was made by who else big Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf. The 6’2 hard hitter nailed little 5’10, Jiri Hudler as he came across center ice with his head down. Hudler would be pretty shaken up but would leave the ice on his own will.
This is one highlight you will see many times within the week and not because of the great hit on the Red Wing forward. The issue here is that as if Dion Phaneuf did not have the height advantage as is but when he laid into Hudler his feet left the ice.
The Calgary Flames now have one day off, as they prepare for a four game home stand that will start with the Stanley Cup champion, Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.
The Red Wings next game will also be on Thursday night as they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the motor city.