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
"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
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."
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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Arena: Madison Square Garden Location: New York, New York
Referees: Blaine Angus, Rob Martell Linesmen: Jean Morin, Anthony Sericolo
Attendance: 18,200 (101.1% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Jarome Iginla (14)
Assist: Andrew Ference
Andrew Ference (3)
(Power Play) Assists: Dean McAmmond, Jarome Iginla
Matthew Lombardi (7)
Assists: Josh Green, Jarome Iginla
Denis Gauthier (1)
Assists: Martin Gelinas, Chris Clark