Other than the fact that the Flames are back on a 1 game winning streak and now in sole possession of first place in the NW division, I can’t really take too much pleasure in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings tonight.
Sure, the Flames regained a bit of their scoring touch. Sure, they outshot their opponents 38-24. Sure, they won 4-1 moving them 2 points ahead of the Canucks atop the NW division. And sure… they gave themselves a chance to secure 3rd place in the West with a regulation win in Vancouver tomorrow night… but it was against the Los Angeles Kings. Dare I say it… the “lowly” Los Angeles Kings.
A smashing victory is to be expected when you play a young team that is currently tuning up their golf clubs to get ready for the next 6 months on the golf course.
If the Flames had lost tonight (like the Canucks did in Edmonton last night) I would be very concerned and would seriously consider sounding the “we’re going out in the first round, again” alarm…
…But I’m not.
Despite the fact that the Flames had 2 five-on-three powerplays and still did not score a powerplay goal, it was good to see Jarome Iginla light-it-up with his game-winning 34th goal of the season. It was also nice to see Mike Cammalleri team-up for 2 assists to get himself back on track. This is necessary heading into the post-season as it gives the Flames’ big guns some more confidence.
What was even more enjoyable as a Flames fan was to see the Flames players with smiles on their faces while they sat on the bench. They actually seemed to be having fun again while they were leading.
There has been too much seriousness in the Flames team lately and not enough confident play; not enough of what the Carolina Hurricanes have in their dressing room. In the past 10 games the Flames have been lacking the “we’re unstoppable” attitude which has caused them to lose too many games. And the Flames only have 3 more games to get their confidence back before every win counts.
Some highlights in tonight’s game included David Moss’ 20th goal of the season (way to go Mosser!!) and Jim Vandermeer’s first-ever goal as a Calgary Flame.
The Flames now head to Vancouver to take on the Canucks for the NW division title and home-ice advantage in the playoffs. A regulation win will give the Flames 1st place in the NW division for the playoffs. Puck drop is 8pm tomorrow night.