WTF?! The Calgary Flames will never cease to amaze me. After struggling to string 40 minutes of good hockey together throughout the whole month of November, they come out flying tonight and beat the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 7-2. The Flames played with a level of skill that seemed to be lacking in their last few games and were lead by Jarome Iginla who had his 11th career hat-trick.
Though the Hawks opened the scoring 6 minutes into the first period when Jack Skille shot a wrister past Mikka Kiprusoff, the Flames owned the rest of the game. Niklas Hagman tied it 3 minutes later, and David Moss scored the eventual game-winner less than 3 minutes later on the powerplay. Jarome Iginla scored his 4th goal of the season halfway through the 2nd period and added his 5th about 8 minutes later.
With a 4-1 lead late in the 3rd period, the Flames opened up the flood gates with a 3-goal outburst to put the Blackhawks away for good. Brendan Morrison scored his 4th goal of the season at 16:29 before Iginla made good on the hat trick with an unassisted slap shot with 2 minutes remaining. Just as it appeared that the game had reached “ridiculous” status Curtis Glencross added one more goal for the home team.
A late goal from Troy Brower didn’t change the outcome of the game as the Flames skated off the ice with their 8th win of the season.
There are 3 thoughts that come to mind after this game. First, it feels good to get this win. Second, this does not look good for Olli Jokinen. Third, maybe this win can be attributed to the arrival of Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk, and we shouldn’t blame Olli.
Actually I think that it’s because the pressure is on and Brent Sutter’s job is on the line.