If there was any question about the effectiveness of the closed door meetings after the abysmal loss Calgary took against the Florida Panthers then look no further then tonight. In comeback fashion Calgary engineered 3 third period goals to take game 2 of this year’s battle of Alberta. It was only a week ago that Calgary took a beating on all levels versus the Oil. Tonight, on home ice, they managed to dominate all facets of the game to eek out a win.
leading the charge was a rejuvenated top line with Matt Stajan down the middle over Oli Jokinen. Stajan managed three assists, Tanguay with 2 goals and 1 assist, and Iginla with his first of the season. The second line also contributed with two crucial goals as well, Morrison with his first and Hagman with his second.
Not only did the Flames find ways to come from behind, they also had extra jump to their step, something missing from the first three games. A total of 45 shots sent against a shaky Khabibulin helped the cause, but more importantly, the Flames forced Edmonton’s top line to end the night with a -3.
Although the win was needed to boost confidence, Calgary hasn’t exhibited the most important element of winning teams–consistency. Fans are cautiously optimistic, but I’m sure all of us would rather see a string of solid performances rather than one here or there.
Notes: Sarich played his first game of the season and didn’t look out of place. Hard fetched to think Brodie will get back into the lineup next game, but you never know.