Flames grind it out
Win seventh straight at home with third period surge
Game 42. The official start to the second half of the season for the Calgary Flames. It began on a somebre note as the team paid a pre-game tribute to Daryl K. 'Doc' Seaman, one of the Flames original owners who passed away this week after a battle with cancer.
The Flames were also sporting 'Doc' emblems on their helmets, something they will wear for the remainder of the season.
The game ended like the first half ended for the Flames, with a win. A fitting tribute to Seaman.
After the first period ended in a tie, the teams played to the same deadlock in the second during which the Blues had the better scoring chances. But both teams seemed more concerned with winning the fights -- there were two in the period, including a beauty between Eric Nystrom and Dan Hinote.
At 16:56 the Flames made a big ooopsy in their own end. Dan Hinote put a harmless shot on Mikka Kiprusoff and, as he went to snage the puck and drag it behind the net, Glencross accidentally put it into his own net, giving the Blues a 1-0 and Hinote one of the easiest goals of his career.
However, Cam Janssen, the same player who drilled Brandon Prust with a hit, breaking the his jaw, attempted another such hit, this one on Andre Roy. The hit was late, a charge, very close to a head shot and, well, you get the picture. Janssen, who had fought Roy earlier in the game, received a minor penalty and the Flames went to work on the power play.
Mike Cammalleri scored his 16th of the season, a wrister over Chris Mason's shoulder, to tie the game 1-1 and make Janssen's penalty look all the more stupid. Cammalleri would add another, with a nifty dangle in the Blues zone, to ice the game at 3-1.
Miikka Kiprusoff, the workhorse Flames goalie, won his 26th game of the season and has now appeared in all but two of the Flames outings this season. What would you expect from Kiprusoff, who now owns an impressive 13-2-0-1 lifetime record against the St. Louis Blues?
With winger Todd Bertuzzi missing his second straight game because of a groin injury, Jim Vandermeer drew into the line-up. Vandermeer had missed 25 games with a broken foot. Normally a defenceman with some experience at forward, he played in the forward ranks on the fourth line with Eric Nystrom and Roy.
The team will leave early Wednesday for San Jose where they play the top team in the Western Conference on Thursday.
THE NUMBERS GAME
15 – Third period shots for Calgary
THE BIG SAVES
THE BIG HIT