Maybe they took advantage of a tired team playing their second game is as many nights. Maybe they have just the right mix to start winning games. Whatever the cause, Calgary appears to be an improved team with the meagre tinkering that’s gone on in the past few days.

Added to the mix, Miikka Kiprusoff’s return to the lineup after missing a month of hockey. He looked sharp and no worse for wear. Next up Mikael Backlund will return to the fold.

Can the Flames piece together a final run to the playoffs (only to face the so far unbeaten Blackhawks?) Anything is possible, but they need to string together more than two wins in a row before fans will be convinced this isn’t another one of their ‘two steps forward, three steps back’…..