It was a busy night in the shark tank as milestones, Mcmeal jokes and a cogent team effort solidified Calgary Flames with a 4-3 win over San Jose last night.
It was a dominant solid right from the first 20 minutes, as the Flames consistently played their offensive game — one that seems to be really working at the moment.
Olli Jokinen, better known lately as #McOlli, Olli #McJokinen, #BigMacMan, etc. was the true powerhouse of the evening. Whatever that guy is consuming, he should share the magic with others. Maybe Comeau or Backlund? I’m sure they could use a big-mac boost.
Jokinen, with his 7th all-time career hat trick tonight, scores in the first 20 minutes with a redirection in front off a Butler slapshot leaving the game at 1-0 after the first period. Kipprusoff, who reserved a milestone 300 win in the same building he managed to get his first, looked focused and comfortable tonight. He managed to keep the first period at 1-0 as the Sharks continued their offensive pressure, as he made one phenomenal save after another. And so ‘the scorpion’ was born.
It wouldn’t be long into the second that the Flames would increase their lead to two, as Calgary Flames mounted offensive pressure on the PP, ‘McJokinen’ jammed the garbage goal in for his second of the evening. Proving the flames powerplay is starting to make all the difference between a win and a loss.
Up 2-0 and playing solid defensively, the Flames seemed to lose the pace minutes after scoring, and Shark fans were impatient at this point. Boos echoed the Shark Tank, which clearly fueled the fire of Joe Thorton as he proceeds into the offensive zone, and makes a saucer pass to Logan Couture where he buries a wrist’er for his 23rd of the season. A minute and a half later, the Sharks cycle the puck and with another Thorton pass to the slot, Pavelski capitalizes to tie the game up half way through the second.
After a Sutter time out, the Flames took the rest of the period seriously. They continued to plug the neutral zone, making smart passes, and in all allowed for a full team effort. Iginla ends the period strong by burying his 21st of the year after a beautiful back and forth with Jokinen on the rush. They lead San Jose 3-2 into the third.
Again, the Sharks are persistent and answer the Flames almost immediately in the third — scoring a shady goal 5 seconds in. However, the Flames wouldn’t give into pressure and continued to fight strong battles in the offensive zone. The Flames first line, whose managed over 15 points in the last 3 games, made a statement tonight — the Flames have a No. 1 center, and he just scored his 7th hat trick tonight. Jokinen’s final goal ends the game with a 4-3 final score. And there was no shortage of love for Jokinen and Kipprusoff tonight — both trending on Twitter all evening long.
The Flames continue their road trip onto Phoenix the day after their win, where the milestone man Kipper will take a seat and let Irving show us what he can do, as Karlsson is back in Abbotsford for conditioning.