If you’re a regular Flames fan then the radio was they way you got play by play. 2 of the 3 games this work week are on PPV.
The Calgary Flames embarked on their longest road-trip of the season to make way for the Brier which takes over the ‘Dome. They started the trip in Ottawa amidst major line changes–the entire second line is out with injury (Langkow, Bourque, Bertuzzi). Nonetheless, some expected and unsung heroes elevated their play to contribute offensively.
Captain Picks Up Scoring Slack – Moss Buys Beer
Jarome Iginla continued to pick up his game scoring at a torrid pace, much to the delight of worrisome fans. Iginla, just like the game against Tampa, got things going first with his 27th goal 2 minutes in.
Ottawa quickly responded and for a moment we had a game. Fisher scored Ottawa’s second goal for their first and only brief lead in the game. You had the sense that the sensitive Senators would crumble in the face of the Flames.
The first period scoring wasn’t done, Warren Peters scored a soft goal (his first in the NHL). Of course, it helped that Ottawa sorrily lacks a solid goaltender. I can’t quite understand why Martin Gerber is not the best choice for this team in goal….oh well, it’s our two points to take. Jarome iginla chimed in with this second of the game to give the Flames a two goal lead going into the intermission.
In the second period David Moss scored his 17th and first in 10 games. That would be all the scoring in the second, but Moss turned in his 18th at the beginning of the third on the PP.
The only outburst from Ottawa came after Dion Phaneuf leveled Danny Heatley and jason spezza tried to lay the beat down on Phaneuf (who got beat down instead.)
The Senators did score one more late but that was as close as their disappointing team came. David Moss capped his night with his first career hat-trick into the empty net. Next up, a tougher test against Philadelphia Thursday.
Notes: Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced the acquisition of defenceman Lawrence Nycholat off NHL waivers.
â€œNycholat is a similar type player to Mark Giordano,â€ said Sutter. â€œWe were prepared to give up a draft pick to acquire a depth defenceman.â€
The defencemen has played 14 games with the Vancouver Canucks this season recording one point while averaging 9:41 of ice-time.
A native of Calgary, Nycholat was acquired by the Canucks on September 2, 2008 from Ottawa.
And yes, he was a Flames fan growing up and playing his minor hockey in the Crowchild system in northwest Calgary.
When he was placed on waivers by Vancouver, he expected to clear and end up with their top affiliate, the Manitoba Moose.
Following a four-year junior career with Swift Current, Nycholat signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild. Nycholat has also played with Washington and the New York Rangers.
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