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Cautiously optimistic: Flames win 4-1

Posted 03 Feb 2010 — by admin
Category Carolina Hurricanes, Glencross, Hat Trick, Stajan, Win, home
Hurricanes Flames Hockey

A day after Curtis Glencross remarked that the fans were too quiet during Monday night’s game at the ‘Dome, he gave them something to cheer about by notching his first career hat trick to lead the Flames to a 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Flames, complete with their full roster of newcomers including Ales Kotalik and Christopher Higgins, put together a solid effort and got the important 2 points. Matt Stajan recorded his first goal as a Flame, scoring the eventual game winner at 16:43 of the 2nd period.

Glencross took a lot of heat for his comments on Twitter, blogs, etc., but there were also many fans who stood behind him and supported what he said. I was at the Philly game on Monday and was not really impressed with how quiet the crowd was. Sure, our team played like crap (and we all paid money to be there; it’s their job; yada yada yada), but you’re crazy if you think that 18,000 rowdy people couldn’t have turned that game around. We’re used to cheering when the Flames have a lead, but when they’re behind, or when the team is fragile and/or doubting itself, the fans need to step up and cheer – even if there’s nothing to cheer about. A noisy crowd can give its team energy, and it doesn’t necessarily need to come when our team scores first. I could really go on and on about this, but I’ll save it for another post on another day…

The 5 games before the Olympic Break will be key to the Flames success at the end of the season. Of course, we’ll all point to this 9-game losing streak as the source of the Flames poor standing when the season comes to an end, but maybe we’ll be able to look at these Phaneuf and Jokinen trades and say that it turned things around. The Flames are officially shaken up, but they seemed to have a bit of mojo going for them tonight. I hope this continues for at least the next 5 games.

The Flames now face the task of climbing back up the Western Conference standings to give themselves not only a chance to make the playoffs, but also a chance to not play San Jose or Chicago in the first round. The roster is settled for at least one more day, and now the team can look towards their 3-game road trip to Florida, Tampa Bay and Ottawa. I’m sure I’m not the only fan who is cautiously optimistic about this new Flames team after beating the 3rd worst team in the NHL. But I’m also realistic and know that they’ve got a long way to go. Oh, how I wish it was November all over again.

Flames Knock the Wind out of Hurricanes

Posted 07 Dec 2006 — by admin
Category Carolina Hurricanes, Shutout, Win, home

Calgary….3
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It only took Daymond Langkow 28 seconds to extend his point-scoring streak to six games.

Langkow’s early goal then stood up as the winner as the Calgary Flames blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Tuesday night.

“You always want to chip in any way possible and it just so happens I’ve got a little streak going but the main thing is the two points at the end of the game,” said Langkow.

Langkow also assisted on linemate Jarome Iginla’s empty-net goal to improve to eight goals and 15 assists in 25 games.

Iginla, who now has 299 career goals to go with 300 assists, said he enjoys having Langkow as his center and that the line has also rounded out nicely with the addition of left winger Alex Tanguay.

“He’s a very good guy to play with,” Iginla said of Langkow. “He’s a very hard worker. He’s not the biggest guy but he goes to the net as hard as anybody. His hands are so good around the net. As a line, I think we’re starting to get more chances consistently.”

Roman Hamrlik also scored for the Flames, while goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 23 shots he faced to record his fourth shutout of the season.

“It was a big challenge for our team and we did a good job tonight,” Kiprusoff said. “We knew they had lots of speed and we had to match that and that’s what we did tonight. They had not too many scoring chances, we played really strong defensively.”

Calgary has now won three games in a row and eight straight home games at the Saddledome.

The loss ended Carolina’s winning streak at three games.

Calgary seemed fired up to play the defending Stanley Cup champions in front of a sellout crowd of 19,289 fans.

“Obviously, everybody was ready to go and we had a good start, got an early lead and we played well,” Langkow said. “It’s a great way to start, especially against a team like that.”

Langkow quickly opened the scoring as he backhanded his own rebound past falling Carolina netminder John Grahame to put Calgary up 1-0.

“Any time you give up a goal that early, it kind of gives them the momentum,” said Grahame, who was disappointed he didn’t control the rebound better. “They kind of had it for the first part of the game.”

The Flames upped their lead to 2-0 late in the first period when Hamrlik one-timed a pass from Kristian Huselius into the top corner past Grahame.

“It was a nice shot,” Grahame said. “I think it was post and in. I just look at it from my point of view that those are some of the saves that you have to come up with.”

Carolina couldn’t get anything going long enough to put any sustained pressure on Kiprusoff.

“Any time you get down that early in a game, it’s not where you want to be especially against a team that’s pretty good defensively,” said Carolina forward Eric Staal. “They did a good job of keeping us to the outside and we just didn’t generate enough.”

During a Carolina power play late in the first, Kiprusoff made a nice paddle save off a close-in shot by Hurricanes forward Eric Cole to keep the game scoreless.

The Flames had a pair of power-play opportunities in the second period, but couldn’t get any more pucks past Grahame.

Early in the third, Kiprusoff made a turned aside a point shot from Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley shortly before stopping a slap shot off the stick of Cole from the slot.

Grahame kept his squad in the game in the third by making a glove save off a shot from the slot by Calgary winger Alex Tanguay midway through the period.

Summary from NHL.com

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Langkow (8) A: Iginla, Tanguay
CGY: Hamrlik (3) A: Huselius, Kobasew

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
CGY: Iginla (20) A: Regehr, Langkow