Flames Burn Red Wings

Apr 22, 2004

2004 Playoffs

Marcus Nilson scored 2:39 into overtime giving the Calgary Flames a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in the opening game of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Miikka Kiprusoff played another great game in the Flames net making 28 saves.

"It's huge," Kiprusoff said. "We're playing the Detroit Red Wings."

"They dominated us in the first period," Calgary's Jarome Iginla said. "Kipper gave us a chance."

Detroit continued to struggle on power-play going 0-for-6 with an extra attacker.

"The difference in the game was our power play," Detroit coach Dave Lewis said.

Flyers Take Opener
Marcus Ragnarsson scored the game-winner as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opener of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"They really changed their game," Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said. "They play really good playoff hockey. You have to gain ice by inches, not feet. This is going to be a hard series."

Tony Amonte and Simon Gagne also scored for Philadelphia and Alexander Mogilny had Toronto's only goal.

"They didn't dominate us at all," Leafs forward Tie Domi said. "They don't have any rough and tumble guys. They aren't the Broad Street Bullies. It is totally different hockey."

Sharks Rout Avs
Patrick Marleau scored a hat trick and the San Jose Sharks cruised to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of their Western Conference semifinal series.

Colorado goalie David Aebischer surrendered five goals on 17 shots and was replaced by Tommy Salo midway through the second period.

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