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Cammelleri helps Flames burn Osgood, Red Wings

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) -- It was a forgettable night for Chris


Mike Cammalleri scored a goal and added two assists as the

Calgary Flames took advantage of the shaky Osgood and beat the

Detroit Red Wings, 5-3, on Monday night.

Osgood had been in net for each of Detroit's victories in a

four-game winning streak. However, he made an early exit and

starting a fifth straight game for the first time this season.

He was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

"By far that was my worst game in this building," said Osgood,

who was pulled by coach Mike Babcock 6 minutes into the second

period. "It wasn't that I didn't feel good, I love playing in

Calgary, I always feel good here, but it just didn't happen for

me tonight."

The only goal of the first period came at 10:57 when Dion

Phaneuf scored his 11th goal on Calgary's second shot. Phaneuf's

harmless-looking snap shot from just over the blue line beat

Osgood on his glove side.

Jamie Lundmark, Curtis Glencross and Craig Conroy, into an empty

net, also scored for Calgary.

Detroit rallied in the final 10 minutes behind goals from Johan

Franzen and Jiri Hudler to get within 4-3. Pavel Datsyuk added

his 30th goal for the Red Wings.

Lundmark wristed a shot from deep in the corner toward the net

that glanced off Osgood's pad and trickled underneath him to

make it 2-0 at 2:21. The crowd immediately serenaded Osgood with

derisive chants of "Os-good, Os-good."

About three minutes later, Cammalleri skated behind the net and

banked in a puck off Osgood's pad for his 36th. Osgood was then

replaced with Ty Conklin. Having surrendered three goals on 14

shots, Osgood went straight to the dressing room and didn't

return for the remainder of the game.

Osgood dismissed the bad outing, saying he had "zero" concern

about it even though it came only three weeks before the


"I don't think about it when I play great, you just move on and

play the next game," Osgood said. "You guys make too big deal

out of these games. If this happens the day before the playoffs,

it doesn't matter. What matters is what happens in the first

playoff game."

Babcock also shrugged it off as just one of those nights.

"If you didn't have such good history and if you didn't believe

in him, you might think like that but that's not how I look at

it at all," Babcock said. "He had a tough night, but in saying

that he won us the Cup last year. He was great for us.

"We don't need him to be first star, we just need him to be

regular and he's very capable of doing that."

The Flames opened up a five-point lead on the idle Vancouver

Canucks atop the Northwest Division.

"Now it's crunch time. We want to just keep winning our games

and let these games dwindle down and try to win the division,"

Conroy said. "Noboby's been hotter than Vancouver and we know

that but we felt this was a must game, we didn't want to give

them another opportunity like we did against St. Louis."

On a night that Osgood had no luck, Flames goaltender Miikka

Kiprusoff appeared to have plenty of it.

Kiprusoff made 30 saves, including 14 in the third period.

"Something we were trying to do was get the puck on net a lot

and try and cause some havoc in front of the net," Cammalleri

said. "We got some bounces that went our way so it was nice."

Mikael Samuelsson had a breakaway in the second period, and

after getting around a sprawled Kiprusoff, his shot hit the

post, hit Kiprusoff in the leg, hit the post again, and slid

along the line before being cleared by Cory Sarich.

In the third period, a point shot from Niklas Kronwall smashed

off the end boards and ricocheted off the back of Kiprusoff's

outstretched pad before being covered.

"You've got to have some bounces like that if you're going to

win a hockey game," Sarich said. "We weren't great in the third.

It was a learning experience against a great club. I think we

tightened up a little bit. We're going to have to find a way to

take some momentum away from them and get it on our side."

After Glencross' one-timer at 5:31 of the third put Calgary

ahead 4-1, Franzen started the Red Wings rally with his 31st

goal at 10:22. Hudler made it 4-3 with 6:57 left.

Conroy clinched Calgary's win with 28 seconds remaining.

The Red Wings outshot Calgary 33-27 overall, 16-9 in the third




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