Calgary’s four game win streak was extended to five with a come from behind win against the Nashville Predators. The Flames struggled to provide any spark for their play allowing the home squad Nashville bring the play to their level. Nashville opened the scoring first and the fans promptly engaged in unison, “Kiprusoff, Kiprusoff, you SUCK!” (something tells me it was aided by the jumbotron). Well Nashville, you laid an egg and lost even one point tonight to drop below .500.
In the second period only five shots were registered on net despite three powerplay opportunities. The special teams play was great on the PK but abysmal on the PP. Nobody had an answer for the incapable PP; sometimes single shots weren’t even registered.
Calgary launched into the third period by going straight to the box, another chance to test the PK. They would succeed, and in fact the PP got another chance, but the Flames had nothing going and were caught flat-footed and drew another penalty. After the 4-4 play Calgary seemed to find their legs with about 7 minutes left.
The second line lead by Daymond Langkow (11th of the year) and Todd Bertuzzi combined to score and tie the game. Calgary started to chip away at the momentum game and slowly asserted the zone play. Lately fans have been fortunate to cheer for a Flames squad that’s improved in the third period, coming from behind and stealing points–just like this afternoon.
With 25 seconds left, Todd Bertuzzi, on an extended shift collected a pass Craig Conroy managed to win downlow, beat two defenders and roofed a beauty in close to give the Flames the lead. Is this guy Mr. Clutch now? Two GMG goals in the past 10 games…. Well at least he’s got more goals than Nolan.
Notes: Jarome Iginla and the top line took another night off. The coach is having major troubles finding someone to play in the middle. Next up are two of the top teams in the West: Chicago and San Jose.