Not sure anybody saw this game given the World Series of Baseball took place at the same time as the hockey game. Probably a good thing since it was boring. Calgary in the least strung together their first back to back wins of the season, just did it by putting all the ghosts and ghouls to sleep.
Missing in action are Calgary top lines. Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay can’t seem to sustain pressure nor create offensive chances. On the other end Miikka Kiprusoff did his part to keep the Flames on top (although the Blues missing wide open nets on multiple occasions helped.)
The fourth line opened the scoring late in the second period when Tom Kostopoulos wired a shot from in front to beat Elliot glove side. Roman Horak on the second assist.
After a 5v3 penalty kill that breathed life into the crowd and the team, rookie Roman Horak continued his point spree by potting his second goal in his brief NHL campaign and second in two games. Another fourth line goal.
The 2 goal lead was shortlived as 12 seconds later the Blues drew within one.
Calgary held off for the win and JOkinen scored the empty netter.
Interesting story line before the game is Brent Sutter’s continued bizzarre insistance to use 7 D-Men with 2 healthy bodied forwards. With Glencross back in the lineup Hagman and Stajan say; what a bust the other Sutter stuck the Flames with for the Phaneuf trade. We’re essentially at a point where the Flames received zero in the trade and Toronto got Phaneuf and Aulie. Terrible.
Babchuk played a paltry 5 minutes and relying on a rookie in Horak to play extra center minutes seems a bit much. I don’t know what Sutter is trying to prove but it’s high time to give press box players a chance to play rather than forcing 7 D to play. Albeit, we are winning without Stajan…..