Flames Game Notebook -- 10/24/07
Now that was a comeback.
Against a Minnesota Wild team known for protecting leads. Against a Minnesota Wild team that had not given up more than two goals a game in regulation this season. Against a Minnesota Wild team that was undefeated in regulation this season.
After falling behind 3-0 the Flames roared back with three goals in the second period and went on to defeat the Wild 5-3.
Flames captain Jarome Iginla got the ball rolling with a goal at 10:33 of the second and the Flames really never lookedback. Iginla had a whale of a period -- a goal, an assist, a plus one and three shots on net.
The Flames scored five unanswered goals to capture the win. It marked the first time since Nov. 10, 1998 that the Flames have come back from a 3-0 deficit. They did it against Los Angeles that game, claiming a 5-4 victory.
The Wild, meanwhile, were tamed for the first time in team history after staking a 3-0 lead.
"It's a big win for the standings. For the morale. We did a good job...We didn't just feel sorry for ourselves," said Iginla, who finished with a goal and two assists and eight shots on net.
Tanguay Hits the Mark
Flames winger Alex Tanguay has been waiting, waiting, waiting to score this season.
He did just that Thursday and, after tapping in a perfect feed from Iginla in the second period that tied the game 3-3, he raised both arms and looked to the roof of the Saddledome to watch the monkey leave the building.
"Hey, you are going to have slumps during the season. But mid-season or something. We're this far into the season and I still had the big zero on the scoresheet," said Tanguay, who finished with two goals after tipping in a point shot at 3:46 of the third that proved to be the game-winner.
The Wild were upset that Tanguay may have bumped Niklas Backstrom, the Wild netminder, on the Iginla goal. "I thought I was outside the crease. We'll take the result. It was a big goal. We got a lot of momentum from that goal," said Tanguay.
Penalty Box Hurts
Staying out of the penalty box will be on the minds of the Calgary Flames for the next couple of days. Two early penalties, one for holding to Eric Godard and one for hooking, on Rhett Warrener, cost the Flames early in this game.
Godard was penalized int eh early going for an offensive zone infraction and the Wild quickly capitalized when Brian Rolston blasted a point shot through traffic past goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.
Just a few minutes later Warrener hooked down Matt Foy as he cut to the Flames net. That resulted in Mark Parrish scoring on a tip from in front of Kiprusoff. With the game just 5:20 in, the Wild had a 2-0 lead.
Before the period ended Wes Walz had scored even strength for the visitors who tallied on three of their first five shots.
"Then we had a five on three and we don't capitalize. We were angry. From there we were able to get things going and jump on some turnovers and score some goals," said Alex Tanguay of the Flames start.
Forward David Moss, who missed Monday's game against San Jose with a concussion after being hit by Edmonton's Raffi Torres in a game on Saturday, returned to the Flames line-up against Minnesota.
Moss, who has now been hurt twice already this season, played on a line with Matthew Lombardi and Marcus Nilson.
That left Eric Nystrom, recalled Sunday, as a healthy scratch in the forward ranks. Defenceman Anders Eriksson was the healthy scratch on defence. Forward Wayne Primeau is out lon-term with a high ankle sprain.
The Big Fight
Fames fans didn't have a lot to cheer about in the first period until Dion Phaneuf tangled with Stephen Veilleux in the first fight of the game.
Veilleux took exception to a hit Phaneuf put on Matt Foy in the Flames zone. He taunted and cross-checked Phaneuf all the way into the neutral zone, finally dropping his gloves and lunging at Phaneuf. While the pair danced to begin with Phaneuf finished things off, landing several strong rights before the linesmen stepped in.
Veilleux received the instigator and a misconduct on the play.
The Flames host Colorado in game five of this seven game homestand Friday at the Pengrowth Saddledome. Gametime is 7 p.m. The Flames will look to avenge a 5-4 shootout loss to the Avs earlier this month.