The Flames were a team that boasted some of the best special units all year long and the Wings picked the wrong night to challenge their capabilities while on the power play. Five of the six goals scored by the Flames were on the power play. Calgary went 5 for 6 on the power play while killing all 7 penalties received against them. Martin Erat provided three goals in a breakout night for the Flames first line, who, for the first time in the series, did not have to face Bryan Allen. Allen was suspended for 5 games the night before for a vicious elbow that left Kunitz unconscious and removed from the ice on a stretcher. Kunitz could miss the rest of the playoffs with an upper body injury.
The absence of Allen seemed to give the Flames forwards more room to skate around and 4 quick goals including 3 on the power play in a time span of 5:25 in the first period was all the Flames would need to send the Wings to the golf course.
The Flames now face Martin Brodeur and the Kingsin round 2. After bringing the previous series to seven games the Flames will have to play much better hockey if they wish to stand a chance against the Kings who sent the Avalanche packing in 5 games. Brodeur recorded 2 shutouts in his 5 starts against Colorado. The Flames hope that home ice advantage as well as depth, will play an important part in what could be another long series for the Flames.