Flames bounce back with 7-4 win over Stars


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Two days after being blown out 6-0 by the Minnesota Wild the Calgary Flames bounced back with a 7-4 win over the Dallas Stars. David Moss had 2 goals and one assist to lead the Flames. Brendan Morrison also had a good night assisting on two goals and adding one of his own in the game.

Calgary jumped out to an early lead when Alex Tanguay scored just 3:40 into the game, and let me tell you, that’s a sure-fire way to wake up the Saddledome crowd and get them into the game. However, the lead (and the noise) only lasted 5 minutes until Brendan Morrow tied it at 1-1. Less than four minutes later Brad Richards gave the Stars a 2-1 lead, but Olli Jokinen brought the Flames back even before the end of the first period.

The Flames took a while to wind up in the second period, but they exploded for 3 consecutive goals to take a 5-2 lead. MIkael Backlund, David Moss and Brendan Morrison all scored for the Flames before defenceman Nicklas Grossman scored his first goal in a season-and-a-half.

James Neal started the third period by capitalizing on a Jaime Langenbrunner shot that went off the post and buried it into an open net just 31 seconds into the third period. This was the point that most Flames fans said, “Here we go again,” bracing themselves for the inevitable breakdown, but tonight it wasn’t to be.

At the tipping point of the game, Jarome Iginla scored his 20th goal of the season to put the Flames up 6-4. With the goal Iggy extended his NHL-leading streak of seasons with at least 20 goals to 12. He also gave Kidsport Calgary a chance to give away another free Iggy shirt to a fan on their facebook page. If you haven’t seen the Iggy shirts yet, you’re definitely missing out. Head over to KidSport’s Facebook page, click the “Like” button and leave a comment to be eligible to win. If you can’t wait to win a shirt, you can buy one for $2o (plus shipping) here.

David moss added another goal to ice the win. It was his 3rd point of the night and the 100th of his NHL career.

Flames fans in the Dome seemed to be enjoying themselves (thanks to Dome Beers, no doubt) and seemed to forget all the Flames worries for a moment. Though the win was nice, there’s still a lot of burning questions, including are all those trade rumours true? Surely some of them are, but we’ll have to wait to find out which one comes true first. I highly doubt that the trade Jarome rumour will come ture this season, and I’m happy about that. Though I don’t believe we can afford to trade Kipper to Washington I think that it is much more likely. Before Iggy is traded, Robyn Regehr will be traded, but for who and to where, nobody seems to know.

At the very least, we can all enjoy one night of bliss and bathe in the glory of our team’s dominance on the ice tonight.

About Greg Hounslow (558 Posts)

Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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