Scoring is what lacks on this team. Without Alex Tanguay, and Curtis Glencross missing in action mid-way thru the second period, Calgary was short on goals. Nonetheless, this was as close as we’ve seen the Flames play all year to playoff style hockey.
Lead by their captain Jarome Iginla Calgary played a much better San Jose team and after weathering the early storm, had good things going with their cycle. Although Sutter decided to dress only 11 forwards (a head scratcher that later bit him in the ass), it seems giving the captain even more ice-time fired him up.
The energy from the Flames was on par to what fans have been expecting all year. This type of play will win them games, especially when they get some healthy bodies back. You can also expect officiating to improve, no powerplays on this game which was shocking given some blatant dives from SJ and clear cut trips against the FLames.
Chris Butler scored the Flames’ lone goal in the second period. SJ tied it up late in the third which would force overtime. Miikka Kiprusoff was up to his usual heroics in regulations making enormous saves late in the final frame.
The Sharks seemed to have scored in OT but the goal was waved off due to ‘incidental contact’. Not sure about that one, but it did give Calgary a chance to win in the shootout, which was abysmal. Iginla and Cammalleri whiffed on both of their chances whereas SJ scored twice.
Notes: No time to rest, the whirlwind tour of California concludes Thursday in LA when Calgary tries to beat a team they lost to 5 days prior.