Final

Series (Game 1 of 1)

Calgary leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, October 21st
Capitals1Final
Flames2

Capitals 1

(3-2-1, 7 pts)

Flames 2

(2-3-1, 5 pts)

Coverage: TSN

9:30 PM ET, October 21, 2008

Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

1 2 3 T
WSH 1 0 01
CGY 0 2 02

M. Kiprusoff (Flames - G): Saves: 30, Save Pct.: .968

M. Lombardi (Flames - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Theodore (Capitals - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .929

Iginla, Lombardi goals help Flames beat Caps for first time since '99

Associated Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- Washington couldn't score on a nine-minute power play. Calgary couldn't score either -- not until its third two-man advantage.

Jarome Iginla scored and Matthew Lombardi put the Flames ahead for good in the second period to help Calgary beat Washington 2-1 Tuesday night for its first win over the Capitals since 1999.

Fast Facts

• The Flames earned their first win over the Caps since March 13, 1999. Vancouver had gone eight straight without a win against Washington prior to Monday.

• This was the fifth straight Flames game decided by one goal.

• Sergei Federov scored his 473rd career goal in the loss. That ties him with Alexander Mogilny for the second most by a Russian-born player in NHL history behind Peter Bondra.

-- ESPN research

Sergei Fedorov scored for Washington, which lost in regulation for the first time since the season opener. Fedorov's goal was No. 473 of his career, tying him with Alexander Mogilny for the second-most career NHL goals by a Russian-born player.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 30 saves for the Flames, who went 0-6-2 against the Caps since March 13, 1999. But he was hardly tested during Washington's long power play.

"It was the first time I've ever had a nine-minute power-play and we had only one chance in those nine minutes and it can't be like that," said Washington right-winger Alexander Ovechkin.

Washington mustered just three harmless shots on goal for the entire man advantage.

"That set the rest of the game up for us," said Lombardi, one of the Flames' penalty killers. "We were down 1-0, if we let those guys get a couple more goals, it's a hard climb from there. But we really stuck together during that one, it was a big team effort."

Seven minutes into the first period, Washington defenseman Tyler Sloan leveled Calgary center Daymond Langkow with a clean bodycheck at the Capitals' blue-line.

Sloan, 27, playing just his third NHL shift, was immediately tackled by Calgary's Rene Bourque, who then pummeled him while he was down on the ice.

Out of that altercation, Sloan was not penalized while Bourque was handed 19 minutes in penalties -- minors for unsportsmanlike conduct and instigating, a fighting major and a game misconduct.

"I expected that after a hit like that, they were going to come after me," Sloan said.

Lombardi's goal began back in the Flames' end when Adrian Aucoin dropped to his knees to block a hard slapshot from Mike Green.

The Flames collected the loose puck and headed back up the ice, where Dustin Boyd dropped the puck into the slot for Lombardi, who whipped a wrist shot into the top corner past goaltender Jose Theodore.

Kiprusoff made 30 saves for the Flames in what was easily his best game of the season. He made a pad save on Alexander Semin from the side of the net early in the third period, to preserve the lead.

Game notes


Sloan made his NHL debut after 406 games in the minors. A Calgary native, Sloan's brother and parents were among the friends and family in the crowd. Sloan's father Fred had just flown back after driving 36 hours to Hershey, Pa., to drop off Tyler's car and watch him play in an AHL game. ... Semin's five-game point streak came to an end after six goals, four assists. ... Calgary's last win on home ice against Washington was March 26, 1998.

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