Rare Win: Calgary 4 – Colorado 3
The Flames are in the bottom three. That’s the bottom three teams in the entire league. All isn’t a wash since we’re still ahead of Edmonton, but winning and even scoring goals have been hard to come by in the past month. The Flames had a grand total of ONE goal in the past four games, of course, they lost all 4.
In a brief road swing opening in Colorado, a team they see for the last time this season, most expected much of the same. When you can’t generate shots and you can’t score the remedy to success is throwing pucks to the net and that’s exactly what got Calgary on the board first with a first period tally courtesy of Sean Monhan’s 12th of the season that banked off a defender.
The Flames will take anything.
Special teams were the primary factor with both teams getting crucial PP goals. Nathan McKinnon scored twice in the first on the PP. Jiri Hudler, fresh off of being snubbed for the Czech Olympic team, scored the go-ahead goal late in the second between the legs.
This set up the eventual game winner when Hudler once again sent out a sweet no look pass to Cammalleri with 3 minutes to spare. The goal would hold up to be the eventual game winner.
Kevin Westgarth played his third as a Flame, he had his what’s apparently normative, dumb minor penalty of the game, but also factored in on a second period tying goal.
Notes: Phoenix tomorrow, look to Berra to get the start. Berra also represents team Switzerland at the Olympics. The only other Flames heading to Sochi is Smid who’s heading with the Czechs without Hudler–shockingly.