Calgary Flames had all the right pieces come into play late as they notched their 4th win over the Avalanche this season. Calgary controlled the game for the most part, pushing hard with an effective forecheck in the first, and throwing pucks on the net all night. A total of 35 shots on goal by the time the evening was done, but it would take until the third period before Calgary hit the scoresheet.
Calgary can claw their way back into a playoff picture if they start winning games they’re supposed to. After dropping two to Columbus they had a chance to clinch the season series between the Avs. Although they looked good, it was the Avs who drew first blood off a rare turnover in the second period.
You weren’t sure how the Flames would respond in the second period and whether their chances in the first two, namely a powerplay that had gone 0-4 up to that point. An early 4 minute powerplay in the third, their second of the game, was the opportunity the Flames needed and they took advantage.
Although the PP has been struggling at home it struck twice. First from Lee Stempniak and then Glencross minutes later for the go ahead goal.
Colorado pushed hard after the second goal and to their credit tied things up on a weak five hole goal against Kiprusoff.
The Flames rebounded when the first line with Glencross – Jokinen – Iginla used dtheir speed and puck movement to give Jokinen an open net to pot his 8th and give the Flames the eventual game winning goal.
A solid come from behind win from the Flames at a time when every point matters and setbacks further cripple any hope, let alone chance, of getting into the playoff picture.
Notes: Cory Sarich still a healthy scratch. He will be moved in January as the Flames need to eat more of his ridiculous contract before another team will take him. Two points out of a playoff spot if LA loses tonight!