The FAN 960 Flames Zone

You can make it points in 4 of their last 5 games, and you can make it wins 2 of the last 3 for the Calgary Flames…they take a 4-1 win at home over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.  It’s Calgary’s 28th win of the season and it vaults them back into a tie for 8th in the Western Conference.  The Flames were much more energized and used a great penalty kill to come away with a well deserved win.

First on the 2 new guys…really liked Chris Higgins, wearing #21.  He was really good along the wall, was physical, and was a really smart player.  That’s the book on this guy…he’s smart, he’s a details guy, and can cash if he gets the opportunities.  Higgins finished with 16:23 of ice time, he was a +1.  As for Ales Kotalik…eh.  13:36 of ice time, ended up taking 5 shots, saw some time on the point on the powerplay.  He looked all right, at least there’s a little potential there.  Following the game, Kotalik was pretty excited, said he enjoyed playing in this atmosphere at the Dome.

Matt Stajan was solid, scoring his first goal as a member for the Flames.  In fact, I thought the line of Stajan, Iginla and Hagman had a little jump and it was a solid game from the captain once again.  He set Stajan up on his goal with a nice pass across, and Stajan did a nice job kicking it to his stick in traffic and sliding it past Cam Ward.  Jamal Mayers was pretty fun to watch too…got in a fight with Tom Kostopolous, had some jump, even had a couple scoring chances.

Flames did take some penalties, and were shorthanded 9 times…but credit the penalty kill, they ended up getting more shots shorthanded than the Hurricanes did while up a man.  Jussi Jokinen did score on the man advantage for the Canes, but Calgary really did a nice job bearing down.  Overall, it was nice to see some emotion from the Flames…now they need to carry it over, start melding it with some other wins.

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One Response to “Back on Track?”
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    I think it was a good opponent for the Flames to have. The Canes are just playing our the schedule so it have our boys a chance to just go out and see what they could make happen. The road trip gradually gets tougher with each game but hopefully the Flames can slowly build off of last night and maybe use this raod trip to get familiar with the new players.

    The question we all have now…is Darryl done making moves and will some of these guys still be with us after March 3rd?

    - Bob in the Abbey
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