Flames-Rangers: Iginla and Huselius Click in Calgary Win

Chris GschwendtnerCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2008

The Calgary Flames defeated the New York Rangers by a score of 4-3, to finish off their three-game homestand a perfect 3-0.

Kristian Huselius was a key contributor with four points (1 G, 3 A) and Jarome Iginla scored two goals in the victory.

In the first period, Adrian Aucoin blasted a shot from the point that beat a screened Henrik Lundqvist and gave the Flames an early 1-0 lead.  The Flames dominated the period with an abundance of scoring chances, and some crushing hits from Dion Phaneuf.

Jarome Iginla's power-play marker five minutes into the second period gave the Flames a 2-0 cushion.  The Rangers responded later in that period with a Michal Rozsival slapshot, which bounced in the air and past Miikka Kiprusoff.

In the third, Kristian Huselius made a beautiful dangle past three Ranger defenders, and Iginla converted on the two-man breakaway.  Brandon Dubinsky and Sean Avery played catch down low, and Dubinsky finished the play to cut the lead to one again. 

But Huselius beat the Rangers defense to a loose puck, and caught Lundqvist leaning off the post to squeak the biscuit past him to pad the Flames' lead.  The Rangers added a late tally to end the game 4-3.

Kiprusoff, who looked very sharp at times, finished with 29 saves, as the Rangers outshot the Flames 32-22.  Lundqvist continues to look inconsistent, and the crowd gave him the Bronx cheer late in the third.

Next up for the Flames is the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in the Shark Tank.

Notes: Rangers Sean Avery received a game misconduct late in the third, which led to chants of "Avery sucks" in the packed Pengrowthe Saddledome. Huselius now has 21 points in his last 10 games (9 G, 12 A).