The Calgary Flames are on another November winning streak thanks to Matt Cooke.Â “I didn’t see him coming, he hits hard, and he got me good there,” said Iginla, who challenged Cooke twice, but said he didn’t have a problem with the hit. “It was clean, but it doesn’t make you feel good. I don’t know if you want to say it woke me up, but it definitely gets you more into it.”
Jarome Iginla single handedly sparked a comeback with a goal and an assist, and Kristian Huselius scored with 3:32 left to rally the Flames to 3-2 victory. Guess who scored the game tying goal? Rhett Warrener frmo a nice feed off Alex Tanguay’s stick (who also added two assists) as Calgary won its fourth straight game.
Mclennan was though to be in line for another start (maybe St Louis? nah.) but Miikka Kiprusoff made 26 saves for the Flames, who are back at .500 after starting the season 3-7-2. Calgary was 4-7-2 in October last season before eight straight victories in November sparked a Division title.
Kiprusoff was back in goal one night after a 37-save shutout to end Anaheim’s NHL-record of 16 games with at least a point to start a season. After getting beat twice in the first period against Vancouver, he stopped the final 16 shots, including several great saves off Markus Naslund.
Kiprusoff got a bit of a break when Marc Chouinard hit the inside of the post less than a minute before Iginla put Calgary on the board, and again when Matt Cooke hit the post on a spinning backhand from the side of the net with 26 seconds left.
Huselius scored the winner, one-timing a backhand shot through a screen, over Luongo’s glove, and just under the cross bar after Matthew Lombardi skated around defenseman Lukas Krajicek and dropped the puck into the slot.
“Iggy had a couple of shifts where he took over and that was the difference,” said Warrener, adding his first goal of the season was sweeter because it came after a giveaway led to the Canucks second goal. “It was nice to get that back I wasn’t feeling too good, but the forwards made a nice play to just get it out there an I kind of whacked at it like I always do and it went in.”
Yes, go Flames, that’s the kind of hockey we like to see, albeit it was a lazy display in the first two periods…. NExt up St Louis back at home TUesday.