Did you notice? There was a Flames game this afternoon. More people in Minnesota were probably watching the game than Calgary given the Grey Cup was on at the same time. If people were watching they may have been moderately entertained by the Flames concluding road trip game of their four game swing.
The Flames scored a goal (in fact five) and Jarome Iginla scored! Calgary capitalized on shaky goaltending early to pull away a convincing victory.
Calgary put the boring Minnesota gameplan to shame controlling play for the better part of 60 minutes. In an effort to kickstart a anemic offence Brent Sutter shuffled all the lines putting Jarome Iginla with Curtis Glencross and Oli Jokinen. The move didn’t really seem to pan out. The line wasn’t particularly dominant but somehow iginla manged to end the night a +3 with meaningless 5th goal. That may be enough to put Iginla over the edge, however, as it was a goal that capped a strong shift that was reminiscent of vintage Iginla.
Playing another strong game was TJ Brodie who continues to improve every game he plays. One has to wonder what happens when Carson and Babchuk get healthy. Brodie notched his first NHL goal (the eventual game winner) in the first period. Stempniak, Giordano and Tanguay rounded out the scoring.
Notes: Scott Hanna left the game late in the third with a knee injury. We should suspect he’ll miss a couple games. Cory Sarich will probably factor back into the lineup. Stajan saw game action with Brendan Morrison sitting out. Blake Comeau in his second game as a Flame and didn’t look out of place.