Calgary 9 – Colorado 1

Well, I do’nt think anybody expected this. The talk of the game before puck drop was the sudden announcement of Peter Foresberg’s retirement (officially I guess this time). All the attention was on the iconic power forward, but it was Calgary who would spoil the evening for the home team.

Calgary was stumped in their unbeaten streak during regular time against Vancouver Saturday, the first loss in regulation for the FLames in 12 games. One wondered what Calgary team would show up tonight. It seems as though the this veteran squad gets the program, they were very focussed and came out flying.

Calgary flew out of the gate scoring 5 times in the first period alone chasing starting goalie Peter Budaj out of the net after two. Craig Anderson didn’t fair any better.

Oli Jokinen matched a club record for points in one period with four. He would’ve continued his scoring pace if it wasn’t for a cowardly knee on knee hit from the Avalanche forward Dupuis at the end of the first period.

HEre’s the score sheet breaking down the poitns for 14 Flames.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
Calgary0:18, David Moss 13 (Robyn Regehr, Olli Jokinen)
Calgary5:57, Anton Babchuk 8 (power play) (Jay Bouwmeester, Olli Jokinen)
Calgary11:14, Jarome Iginla 24 (Rene Bourque, Brendan Morrison)
Calgary12:41, Curtis Glencross 18 (Olli Jokinen, David Moss)
Calgary17:01, Olli Jokinen 12 (Curtis Glencross, David Moss)
2nd Period
Colorado11:09, Daniel Winnik 8 (power play) (Kevin Porter, Matt Hunwick)
3rd Period
Calgary0:40, Alex Tanguay 15 (Robyn Regehr, Brendan Morrison)
Calgary2:57, Curtis Glencross 19 (Tom Kostopoulos, David Moss)
Calgary9:16, Jarome Iginla 25 (Mikael Backlund, Steve Staios)
Calgary18:55, Matt Stajan 5 (shorthanded) (Rene Bourque)

Even Matt Stajan got into the mix late with a SH tally. Curtis Glencross is approaching 20 goals (did we expect 20 from him? Not really, but he is in contract year and you know how players play in their final year….)

Jokinen 4 points, Moss 3 points, Iginla 2 goals as he approaches 30, yea, the Flames were firing on all cylinders and one can only hope they didn’t use up all their hockey magic tonite before they go into Dallas Wednesday (until the big break before the Heritage Classic).

Surprise starter for Calgary was Alex Tanguay who just last week was out ‘indefinitely’ but I guess his neck strain was good enough to play.

Tanguay didn’t play much of the third as precaution, nor did Jokinen. Jackman left the game in the first period afte rcrashing heavily into the boards. Kiprusoff took the night off with 7 minutes left.