The Calgary Flames made headlines today for their scandalous H1N1 vaccination controversy and then kept on sneaking around to get themselves a victory in Dallas.
After being called out by coach Brent Sutter for his lacklustre play, Jarome Iginla lead the Flames with 2 goals and 1 assist, including the game winner as they beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in overtime. Iggy opened the scoring for the Flames in the 2nd period and then set up Daymond Langkow for the tying goal with 49 seconds left in the 3rd period.
The day’s controversy continued for the Flames as they captialized on an obviously wrong penalty call in overtime. Dallas defenceman Niklas Grossman appeared to lift the puck over the glass from inside his own end, but on the replay it was clear that he was about a foot outside the blueline. Still, the call stood and Grossman went to the penalty box. Sixteen seconds later, Jarome Iginla ripped a slapshot past Stars goalie Marty Turco.
Despite getting the win and ending their 2-game losing streak, the Flames managed to slip back into their old habits while being pressured by the Stars. At times their play in their own end was sub-par and they showed signs that they have work to do. Instead of keeping possession of the puck and skating it out of their end, the Flames started to shoot the puck up the boards only to have the Dallas defencemen shoot it back on Curtis McElhinney. The Flames also reverted back to their habit of cycling the puck along the boards in the offensive zone while standing about 3 feet from each other. It’s easy to play defence against 3 players when they are shoulder to shoulder.
It was an important win for the Calgary Flames who will play 12 of their next 16 games on the road. They currently sit in 3rd place in the Northwest Division, 8th in the Western Conference and 13th in the NHL. Their next game is tomorrow night in St Louis.