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Game 11 Recap: I Love Surprises

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 03:  Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames looks on while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on November 3, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Calgary won the game 4-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 03: Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames looks on while playing the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on November 3, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. Calgary won the game 4-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ten Thoughts

-Lee Stempniak is a pretty good forward. To the casual eye, he's been completely underwhelming but is killing it in terms of possession. You can chuck Tanguay in here too.

-So Miikka Kiprusoff is making my criticism of him over the summer look kinda stupid. He's sporting a shiny .930 EVSV% right now.

-Seeing 20 shot blocks for the Flames is pretty nice.

-Iginla had a pretty monster game-except he struggled once again in terms of possession.

-The team was minus in Corsi, but score effects are completely to blame there. However, they rather impressively out-chanced the wings in the third.

-I didn't hate Anton Babchuk. That's a step up for him!

-If Scott Hannan gets suspended because Jiri Hudler can't stand up on his skates I'm gonna be pissed.

-Funny (not really) how last year on many nights the fourth line was the best on the ice. This year? Not so much. To my eye, they've had a pretty bad stretch of games.

-Aside from 10 minutes in the second, the Flames played a complete and even game. I don't think Detroit is as good as many people think, but that kind of effort is nice to see.

-Starting Karlsson tonight is the right call. You need points against division rivals more then you do the other conference.

Three Stars

1. Jarome Iginla-Three points. Would it be anyone else?
2. Miikka Kiprusoff-Big saves. A highly consistent effort.
3. Lee Stempniak-Excellent game driving play.

Finally...

A good effort. That is basically the game they should play all season. The Flames' next game is tonight against Buffalo.