The playoffs are one step closer after Calgary took four points in their most recent back-to-back road games vs Nashville and Dallas. Last night, the Flames scored 5 goals, including two from Lance Bouma (hate to see what his contract year will cost…) Calgary got the benefit of playing a Shea Weber less Predator team. Also, facing the backup goalie helps. That’s not to diminish the win against the league’s best.
In the, “every game is the biggest game of the season,” reality Calgary didn’t have any time to revel in the victory. Coming into Dallas tonight, and riding Jonas Hiller in back-to-back games, (which was surprising given the play of Ramo as of late), the teams went down early off a goal on the first shot. Luckily Hiller shut the door after that.
Why did the Flames win?
Dallas put 99 shots towards the Calgary net tonight. Hiller made 32 Saves. Flames' D blocked 32 shots.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 31, 2015
That and a combination of 1st line scoring.
Monahan, Hudler, and Gaudreau lead the way with some timely goal scoring. Although Diaz and Wideman scored on the back end, Hudler tipped momentum mid-way through the second as the Flames took a 2 goal lead in the second frame. Doing what it takes to win is the name of the game at this time of year. Gaudreau with last minute shot-blocks, and Monahan taking a buttend to the face. Hudler continues to be the hottest NHL player in the month of March. Gaudreau also takes the rookie scoring lead with two points.
One lineup up change from Nashville; Drew Shore Mike Ferland in on the 4th line, Jooris out with grandlund in.
Calgary has their work cut out for them when they visit St Louis Thursday.
With LA losing their game against Chicago Calgary is now 3 points ahead with the Kings having one game in hand. Calgary is also ahead of Winnipeg for the last Wild Card spot, although they have a game in hand as well. If the Flames hold on to 3rd spot they will of course play Vancouver in the first round, which would do wonders for the playoff atmosphere in the city.