Cammalleri's hat trick helps Flames jolt Sabres

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CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) -- The All-Star break did not slow

down Mike Cammalleri.

Cammalleri recorded his second career hat trick as the Calgary

Flames scored three times in the third period to post a 5-2

triumph over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Todd Bertuzzi and defenseman Dion Phaneuf also tallied and

All-Star Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy notched two assists

apiece for Calgary, which recorded its ninth win in its last 10

games at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside 25 shots en route to his

league-leading 29th win of the season.

"In the third period, we controlled the game pretty much,"

Kiprusoff said. "They had a couple of chances and they hit the

post a few of times. We were lucky there, too."

Tim Connolly recorded a goal and an assist and Drew Stafford

netted his fourth tally in two days for Buffalo, which fell to

4-2-0 in its last six games.

"We had some big (turnovers)," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

"We had some big ones by some players that have played pretty

well for us, so you put those behind you and you have to be

ready to win the next game.

"Turnovers were an issue. But for the most part, the second

period was pretty solid. We got our feet back on the ground and

let it slip away."

Ryan Miller made 38 saves for Buffalo.

"We did a great job in the second period of getting back into

it," Miller said. "They bailed me out after a bad goal, and no

matter what the shots on goal are, it's my job to keep the boys

in the game and give the boys a chance to win. Unfortunately, I

don't feel like I did that tonight."

Cammalleri, who opened the scoring during a power play just 3:51

into the contest, scored 84 seconds apart in the third period to

cap his second hat trick of the season. He also scored three

goals in Calgary's 4-3 victory over Northwest Division foe

Vancouver on November 27.

The three goals on Wednesday increased Cammalleri's total for

the month of January to a league-best 11. He has a team-leading

25 tallies this season.

"It's going in for me right now," Cammalleri said. "It feels

pretty good when the puck's going in like that, and it does a

lot for the confidence."

"I've seen Jarome have some great stretches and do some great

things. I've seen Cammy score a lot of goals in L.A., too, but

this is the best stretch I've ever seen him have," Conroy said.

"He just looks so confident. Even when he says he doesn't feel

that great, he still scores two goals. He's rolling. It's

great to see, and hopefully this can continue the rest of the

season."

With the game tied at 2-2 at 7:08 of the third, Bertuzzi settled

a lead pass from defenseman Adrian Aucoin and skated in on

Miller. The 33-year-old Bertuzzi wristed a shot over the

netminder's right shoulder and under the crossbar for his 12th

goal of the season.

"The puck was rolling around quite a bit, so I wanted to make

sure I got a decent play off," Bertuzzi said. "That one was

instinct. I wasn't expecting the puck to be rolling around that

much. I ended up getting enough of it. I thought I'd change it

up and try the forehand roof. I'm glad it worked out."

Cammalleri netted the first goal of the game after Miller was

unable to corral the rebound of his initial shot. The

26-year-old calmly collected the puck and wristed it between the

goalie's pads.

"I've played a lot of games in college against Ryan Miller, and

he's never given me one of those," Cammalleri said. "He's

always been the opposite, ultra-stingy. So it was nice to get

one lucky one on him."

Phaneuf doubled the advantage 4:10 into the second period,

taking advantage of Buffalo defenseman Chris Butler's turnover.

The Flames' blue-liner grabbed the puck in the neutral zone,

raced up the left wing and wristed a sharp-angle shot that

handcuffed Miller. The puck slid between the netminder's pads

and trickled over the goal line for Phaneuf's fifth goal of the

campaign.

One day after recording his second career hat trick in the

Sabres' 10-2 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers, Stafford halved

the deficit with 8:17 remaining in the second period.

"Last night, they were going in for us. We wanted to carry that

into tonight," Stafford said. "In the third period, we stopped

getting pucks to the net and they capitalized on their chances.

"It was the complete opposite tonight. We had a great second

period getting back to tie it up. We just couldn't carry it

over to the third."

Connolly leveled the contest with 51 seconds left in the

session, when his wrist shot from the left faceoff circle beat

Kiprusoff for his sixth goal in five games.

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