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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