The Calgary Flames have got to be getting frustrated. They are playing well; they are getting consistently excellent goaltending; and they are seeing some added chemistry from their new players. But they aren’t getting any lucky bounces these days. This evening, the Ottawa Senators stole the Flames mojo as they bounced their way to a 3-2 win.
Though the Flames controlled the play for much of the first 2 periods, the Sens had the help of 2 lucky bounces to score 2 of their 3 goals at Scotiabank Centre tonight. The first Sens goal banged off 2 Flames players on its way from Alex Kovalev’s stick to the net. Jarkko Ruuto was the recipient of the 2nd lucky bounce on Ottawa’s second goal. The puck took a fortuitous bounce off Adam Pardy and right onto Ruutu’s stick in front of a “Kiprusoff-less” open net. The only Sens goal that was far enough from garbage to be considered a legitimate goal-scorer’s goal was the game winner by Jason Spezza.
Bad bounces and mojo aside, the Flames new line combinations seem to be getting something going. The newly formed top line of Hagman, Stajan and Iginla scored both Flames goals and converted for a total of 6 points. They seem to have found some chemistry and are playing very well together. The addition of Hagman and Stajan has taken some pressure off Iggy, since all 3 of them can score a goal at any time.
Despite the loss, the Flames return from their 3-game mini-road trip with 3 points. They are busting out of their slump and they are starting to play consistently good hockey. Though they’ve lost more games than they’ve won recently, they are actually playing well. Now they need to get some bounces and mojo going their way.