So this may sound like deja vu, but here it is. “The top line for the Calgary Flames silenced their critics with an offensive outburst tonight at the Saddledome. The Calgary Flames top trio of Jarome Iginla,
Olli Jokinen Matt Stajan and Alex Tanguay combined for a total of 8 points as the Flames beat the Florida Panthers Edmonton Oilers 5-3. Jarome Iginla scored the game winner and added an assist on Alex Tanguay’s last-second empty-netter to break their point-less start to the 2010-2011 season.
The Flames started slowly and found themselves down 1-0 five minutes into the game after a sloppy defensive play put the puck onto Ales Hemsky’s stick. Hemsky drove in on Miikka Kiprusoff, faked a short side shot and drove around for an empty-net wrap-around goal. The Flames bounced back with a big goal from Tanguay less than 4 minutes later.
Fans have been waiting for Tanguay’s first goal of the season, and he didn’t disappoint when he turned a nice back-hand breakout pass from Stajan into a breakaway. Tanguay drove into the Oilers end and picked the 5-hole on Oilers goalie Nikolai “Kabhi-boozin.” The goal was the first for the Flames first line, and was a big ice-breaker for the trio. With all the pressure on the Flames’ top line, it was evident that they were playing too tight and were trying to do too much. Tanguay’s goal released the pressure and it was evident from the look on his face after he scored.
After Dustin Penner gave the Oilers a 2-1 lead by banking the puck of Ian White’s face (see video below), Brendan Morrison redeemed himself after a hit-from-behind penalty by tying the game 2-2 on a “gritty goal” about 30 seconds after he got out of the penalty box. The Oilers took the lead again when Maagnus Paajarvi scored the first goal his NHL career by banging the puck in as it sat on Kipper’s goal line.
Despite going into the 3rd period down one goal, the period belonged to the Calgary Flames. The Flames came out with some jump in their game and it paid off when Niklas Hagman tied the game 4 1/2 minutes into the period. They continued to press and were eventually rewarded when Iggy took a sweet pass from Tanguay and fired it into the wide-open Oilers net.
The Oilers had a chance to equalize with Ian White in the penalty box late in the game, but could not muster a single shot on net. The Flames pressed, and kept the puck out of their own end for most of the rest of the game. To put the iceing on the cake, Iggy fed Tanguay for a last-second goal to make it 5-3. It wasn’t initially clear if Tanguay’s goal went in before the final horn sounded, but the video replay showed that the puck went in with 0.4 seconds left.
So that’s about it. The Flames found a way to put the puck in the net and walked away with a win tonight. They are now 2-3 on the season and even at 1-1 in the Battle of Alberta. This win is definitely a big one for the Flames, and the 8 points outburst is especially big for the Flames top line.
What did you think? Is this an indication of what’s to come for the Flames?