The Calgary Flames have chosen a great time to go on a win streak. Rookie sensation Sven Baertschi put Calgary ahead 1-0 just 17 seconds into the game, and they never looked back as they fought their way to a 4-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, earning their 5th straight victory.
Baertschi’s goal was his 3rd in 4 NHL games after being brought up from the Portland Winterhawks. “The Bear” (OK, this kid needs a good nickname) has been an emergency call-up, meant to fill space on the roster due to injuries, but he has sparked excitement amongst Flames fans that hasn’t been present in a long time. Evidence of this can be seen in the fact that “SVENSATIONAL” has been on fire on Twitter for the past few games.
No player wins games on his own, and Calgary’s veterans certainly contributed tonight. Jarome Iginla, Matt Stajan and Alex Tanguay all scored, for the 2nd consecutive game, to help the Flames to the big win. The two points keeps Calgary at pace with Phoenix and Colorado in the race for the final 2 playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the lone goal for the Coyotes in the dwindling minutes of the 2nd period.
As great as they played, the Flames may not have won without Mark Giordano tonight. Gio was all over the ice, blocking shots, keeping control of the puck and stopping guys like Shane Doan from turning the game around for the opposition. Gio blocked a shot late in the 3rd, and momentarily left the bench for the dressing room, but he was back on the ice in minutes and closed out the game for the Flames.
The Flames head down the road to Edmonton tomorrow night, looking to extend their season-high win streak to 6 games.