The Flames outworked, out-skated and out-hustled a tired and beaten Wild team tonight. They won puck battles that they may have lost a month ago, and found the puck on their sticks at times that it may have jumped over their sticks earlier in the season.
The win was definitely a big one for the Flames who are now 2-1 against Minnesota this season and remain a constant .500 team with 34 points in 34 games. They are slightly ahead of their point pace from last season and are looking good now that their captain is heating up.
Jarome Iginla is nearing his 500th career goal and seems to be on a mission to make this happen in 2011. In his last 10 games he has 6 goals and has added 8 assists. Pretty soon we’ll be seeing the dancing Iggy up on the scoreboard with a big fat number 500 next to him. The big question is when, not if.
The Wild put up a valiant effort for a team that has recently suffered some major losses due to injury. Just under four minutes after Glencross opened the scoring for the Flames, they countered with a goal from Pierre-Marc Bouchard. But it was the only time they managed to beat Miikka Kiprusoff, who stopped 29 of 30 shots for his 15th win of the season.
Though it was a great win for the Flames tonight, the game truly belonged to “the dancing fan” who did his best to pump up the fans at the ‘Dome. He was all over Twitter tonight, and made an appearance on the Enmax Energy Board. In case you missed it, check out this video from calgaryflames.com:
The Flames have one day to rest before hosting Detroit on Thursday and then heading to Vancouver on Friday.