Jarome Iginla became the franchise leading goal-scoring leader with this 365th goal in the first period of the Flamesâ€™ 7-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. Calgary’s offense exploded as players snapped droughts and benefited from a little bit of luck as well. The Flames have been stuck in a bit of a goal-scoring slump as top lines have failed to produce goals (namely Huselius, Langkow, and Lombardi). Slow starts and secondary scoring have kept fans on the edge of their seat, but it took only 21 seconds for their fortunes to change.
Alex Tanguay broke in 1 v 1 and wristed a top-shelf goal to put the Flames up 1-0 and go against the grain of the notorious ‘Flames slow-start’. Calgary kept the pressure going for most of the game, beating the inexperienced and fragile Blues team into submission. With a slow-start out of the books for this evening it was the lengthy goal-scoring droughts for Huselius and Lombardi at center stage (well perhaps Jarome’s 365th goal was a more pressing matter.)
Three lucky bounces largely defined this game. Firstly, Huselius snapped his 20 game goaless drought and skipped home his 22nd. With 2 minutes left in the first period history was made when Iginla slapped home a onetimer on the PP for his 365th goal as a Calgary Flames jumping over Theoren Fleury. Iginla needed the help of a bum deflection in front of the net, but a goal is a goal.
Later in the second another lucky turn of events helped spring Lombardi to score his first in 18 games. Streaking down the wing short-handed, Lombardi beat the last defender and headed in on a breakaway. He slightly lost control of the puck trying to pull a move off, however, the goalie was out of position and the puck slid into the net on the far side.
And just like that, the Flames lead 4-1 en route to their rout. Every line chipped in with a goal tonight; one can only hope the goalscoring ways will be contagious as the Flames hit the road.
Notes: Warrner and Ericksson sat out. Vandermeer collected his first point as a Flames. Phaneuf collected three assits. Tanguay scored an empty netter.