Flames gain confidence to keep momentum going
It wasn't an easy feat, but the Calgary Flames snapped a five-game losing streak Tuesday with a win over the Minnesota Wild and avoided a sixth loss, which would have been a first since November of 2002.
Now it's up to the team to keep the momentum going, especially since they're heading into a three-day gameless stretch.
"We don't play for a few days, so we'll get our rest and get back to work and keep trying to get better," said Jarome Iginla, following the team's 3-2 win over the Wild.
"Whenever you go into a break, you always want that good feeling coming off of a win, so now we just have to let that build over the next few days and take some of that momentum on the road."
But according to the Flames' captain, and many of his teammates, Tuesday's win just wasn't good enough -- not that they won't take it. They just feel as a group they could be doing much better game in and game out and are focused on moving past the drought they were in and getting better all around.
"It's not that the effort isn't there, it's just that we haven't been working as consistently as we would have liked, and last game we really stuck to the game plan the whole time, and I think it really paid off in the end," commented Alex Tanguay, who had an assist in the win.
According to Tanguay, the Flames club is a team that not only competes for the top spot in the Western Conference, but they're a squad that plans on going far in the playoffs.
"We're not where we want to be in the standings. We feel like we're a team that can compete and should compete for first in the playoffs," added Tanguay.
Bottom line is, be prepared for the Flames to bring more heat starting Saturday against the Oilers. They've gotten themselves out of the dreaded slump they were in and have no plans on going back there. Three days off and it's back to business in preparation for the team's next Battle of Alberta -- this time at Edmonton's Rexall Place.
"We were struggling losing five in a row, and it's tough to get back on track and to have the confidence to make the right decision all the time," said Kristian Huselius, who registered the game winning goal with 53 seconds remaining in the final frame.
"But we all had a good solid game tonight (Tuesday) and now we have to keep moving forward."
Following the team's match-up with Edmonton, the Flames take on division rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, Sunday, wrapping up their weekend road trip. Next week sees the Flames play host to the Colorado Avalanche and for the first time this season, the Chicago Blackhawks, before the team hits the road again.