Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Calgary leads 1-0

Game 1: Monday, January 5th
Flames5Final
Rangers0

Flames 5

(20-12-3, 46 pts)

Rangers 0

(16-15-3, 40 pts)

7:00 PM ET, January 5, 2004

Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

1 2 3 T
CGY 3 1 15
NYR 0 0 00

J. McLennan (Flames - G): Saves: 36, Save Pct.: 1.000

J. Iginla (Flames - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Ference (Flames - D): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

Ference, Iginla lead Calgary scorers

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jamie McLennan sweated out his second shutout in four starts, and the reason had little to do with his opponent.

"I felt good, but this building is really hot, 1,000 degrees out there," McLennan said.

It didn't affect his performance. McLennan made 36 saves to help Calgary beat the New York Rangers 5-0 Monday night for the Flames' fifth straight road victory.

Andrew Ference scored two goals and set up another and Jarome Iginla had a goal and two assists for Calgary, which snapped a three-game winless streak -- tying its worst slide this season. The Flames are 9-5-0-2 away from home.

"When you're on the road you don't really have anybody to impress," McLennan said.

Iginla, Ference and Matthew Lombardi scored in the first period. Denis Gauthier made it 4-0 in the second, and Ference scored from center ice in the third when his dump-in struck the side glass and caromed directly in as goalie Mike Dunham went behind the net to play a puck that never came -- leaving him shaking his head.

Late in the game, Rangers forward Dan LaCouture went down during a fight with Robyn Regehr and hit his head on the ice, opening a cut that required 12 stitches to close.

McLennan, who has 13 career shutouts, was sharp in his third straight start in place of injured Miikka Kiprusoff. Both McLennan and Kiprusoff have filled in for regular goalie Roman Turek, who has played only three games this season because of injury.

New York's best scoring chances came in the second period, when they had a two-man advantage for 1:21 and another power play. McLennan stopped Anson Carter twice in front and Eric Lindros' quick drive from the slot.

"The five-on-three, that was pretty much a huge kill for us," McLennan said. "We killed the full two minutes, and they have a lot of firepower over there."

The Rangers (16-15-4-3) again failed to move three games over .500, a level they haven't reached since last February. New York went 3-1 on its just-completed road trip, then came out flat at home.

"We talked about it before the game," forward Bobby Holik said. "Coming back East after a West Coast trip is always harder. Everybody does it so that's not an excuse."

Iginla gave the Flames a 1-0 lead 6:48 in after Ference kept the puck in at the right point. After several whacks, Ference got the puck to Iginla, alone in the slot.

He moved it several times from his backhand to his forehand as he drifted between the circles, before ripping a shot past Jussi Markkanen for his 13th goal -- 11th on the road.

"I don't know what it is. I try to approach each game the same," said Iginla, who has six goals and seven assists in 12 games against the Rangers. "I've gotten some good breaks so hopefully that'll continue."

Iginla was originally credited with the goal six minutes later that stretched the advantage to two.

Nine seconds into a power play, Ference let go a shot that appeared to deflect in off Iginla. It was Calgary's second goal on the power play in 51 chances over 13 games.

Iginla earned another assist on Lombardi's eighth goal, which made it 3-0 with 17.8 seconds left in the first.

Dunham replaced Markkanen at the start of the second and allowed Gauthier's first of the season just 1:44 in on the first shot he faced. New York has replaced its goalie three times in six games.

"Those guys are doing their best," Lindros said. "We have to play in front of our goaltenders. They are getting shots from 12 feet out."

Dunham was pulled in favor of Markkanen in the Rangers' previous home game against Toronto and again in St. Louis on Thursday, the only loss on the trip.

"We hadn't really played well in the last four games," Rangers captain Mark Messier said. "We were fortunate to get three wins on the road trip.

"You can look at any area and see that we didn't play well. We didn't have any answers for them tonight."

Game notes


Rangers C Jamie Lundmark has begun riding a bicycle and is ahead of schedule in his recovery from two sprained ligaments in his right knee. ... Calgary C Stephane Yelle received stitches by his left eye and didn't return after he was drilled by Carter late in the first period.

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