confidence boost in a 5-2 victory over the top team in the NHL tonight.
With only 5 minutes into a fast-paced first period, a scramble in front of
Kipper’s crease became a no-goal off the stick of Jonathan Toews –
allowing the Flames to regain their composure after the consistent
puck-drop pressure by the Blackhawks.
A dandy side-step, and slick pass by Tangs created a Stempniak break-out,
and a 1-0 game – just minutes after the Toews attempt. Although it was not
long before Chicago answered back. A nifty, last minute feed from Toews to
Stalberg creating a dead even game.
As Chicago mounted pressure, Kiprusoff shut the door time and time again,
leaving the Flames to lean on their star net-minder all through the 1st.
Not to mention that the Flames’ second period continues to be the lowest
scoring in the NHL, so if they expect to have any kind of a fighting
chance in the last 60 minutes – they must score in the 2nd.
And who better to answer the call but Rene Bourque? A Chicago give away 40
seconds into the 2nd making his 6th goal of the year. Even the youngsters
had a share in the triumph tonight – with Paul Byron scoring a mere 17
seconds after number 17 from a beautiful set-up from Horak.
A quiet Captain, Jarome Iginla takes an unwanted Hi-sticking penalty with
the 2nd slowly winding down. Chicago draws within one with a fast
powerplay goal from Hossa – making Iggy pay for that error.
However, with the confidence of Kipper and the Flames putting out a solid,
4 line offence – it was only a matter of time before the Flames put up
With 40 seconds left in the second, our Glencross, best known lately as
Scoreface, blasts his 6th past Crawford with a wicked heads-up by
And through out the 3rd, much of the same dominant, confident, and more
importantly, consistent Flames faced the deflated ‘Hawks shutting down the
defence almost completely.
Half-way through the third, Gio with a nifty through-the-legs move put
Chicago a man down, allowing Calgary to work on their cold power play at
home (30th in the league). The result might of not been a goal, but a
tired Blackhawk team, vulnerable to mistakes was not going away.
And no doubt Glencross was hungry tonight – scoring his second of the
evening off a Jokinen take-away and break-out pass. His hustle paid off as
he scored his 7th and the game’s final — making it the first 5-goal
scoring game the Flames have produced all season.
While entering a 4-game road trip starting in Columbus, the Calgary Flames
can feed off this huge, confident, team-effort win over the chiefs of the