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Flames hand Red Wings sixth straight loss

Nov 4, 2011 - 6:04 AM
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Jarome Iginla had two goals and one assist Thursday night and the Calgary Flames beat Detroit, 4-1, to hand the Red Wings their first six-game losing streak in almost four years.

"We knew Detroit was going to be hungry tonight and we're trying to bounce back, they're trying to get rolling too. It always feels really good to beat Detroit in here (Detroit)," Iginla said.

Lee Stempniak also scored for the Flames, while Miikka Kiprusoff had 28 saves to start a three-game road trip.

The Red Wings have won more games than any NHL franchise since the start of the 1997-98 season, so it's no surprise that six-game losing streaks are a rare occurrence.

This is their first since February 7-17, 2008 -- a season that ended with them winning the Stanley Cup.

Danny Cleary had Detroit's only goal on a power play in the second period and Jimmy Howard gave up three goals on 21 shots.

The Red Wings had a five-game winning streak against Calgary snapped.

They have been outscored 22-6 on their current losing streak and dropped to 0-1-1 on a six-game homestand, leaving head coach Mike Babcock wondering what's happened to the team that started the season 5-0 and what it will take to snap out of their funk.

"It's going to take 20 guys doing it right for 60 minutes," said Babcock. "We've scored six goals in our last six -- that's just not enough."

Stempniak beat Howard with a sharp-angle shot from the goaltender's right, sneaking the puck inside the post for a 1-0 Calgary lead with 4:08 remaining in the first period.

Set up by two crisp passes, Iginla made it 2-0 with a one-timer on the power play early in the second period. Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross started the tic-tac-toe play, which went from the right circle to the point and then to Iginla for a one-timer on the left circle.

Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler was bleeding after being pushed head-first into the boards behind the Calgary goal by defenseman Scott Hannan later in the second.

Hannan was called for holding, and Detroit pulled within 2-1 on Cleary's goal. Cleary was in the right place at the right time -- Niklas Kronwall's shot from below the right circle was blocked by Kiprusoff, but bounced off Cleary in front of the net and went in.

Detroit was in the game until Iginla's second goal, which came only after two Red Wings players gave up on the puck in their own zone on a miscommunication. Instead, it ended up with Glencross, who found Iginla in the left circle for a one-timer.

"It was a gift," Babcock said.

The goal was Iginla's fourth of the season, and Jokinen scored into an empty net for a power play tally with 78 seconds remaining for the final score.

Game Notes

Detroit forward Patrick Eaves (back) missed the game...The Flames lost all four games against the Red Wings last season. Their three-game road trip continues Friday in Buffalo.