Jarome Iginla lead the Calgary Flames to an important win against the Colorado Avalanche tonight by scoring two goals and providing leadership to a team that has been in a slump. The Flames ended a 3-game losing streak which started with their loss to Vancouver last Saturday and moved back into 8th place in the Western Conference.
The Flames also had goals from Mark Giordano, Rene Bourque and (get ready for it) Ales Kotalik. Yes, I said Ales Kotalik. Just when you thought that “The Lazy Czech” would flounder permanently in the minors, he makes his return to “the bigs” and has his first multi-point night ever as a Calgary Flame.
The Avalanche, who have only won one game in their last 20, had goals from Mark Olver and Cody McLeod. McLeod’s goal was fairly inconsequential as it came with only 5 seconds left in the 3rd while the Avs were down by 4 goals.
It was a good effort from the Flames tonight and they sent the green-clad crowd away happy. Despite the positive outcome, the hard work isn’t over for the Flames who only have 9 games left in their season. They now sit at 83 points and will surely need another 13-15 points to secure a playoff spot, but it won’t be easy. Their next 4 games will be on the road in Anaheim, LA, San Jose and Edmonton. After that they return home for a home game against Anaheim before heading back on the road for games in St. Louis and Denver. The Flames will wrap up their season at home against Edmonton and Vancouver.
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