Lanks the Tank
Veteran forward scores milestone point in the Flames 5-3 win
It was a landmark night for Daymond Langkow in the Calgary Flames 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Langkow picked up point numbers 600 and 601 in the victory and played a superb game in all three zones.
Jamie Lundmark and Mike Cammalleri played the wing with Langkow and all three earned praise from their teammates.
"Cammy and Langkow were absolutely flying," Jarome Iginla said. "There was a big goal by Lundy there too."
Lundmark had a goal and an assist and Cammalleri had a three-point outing.
Cammalleri credits the newfound chemistry as the reason all three have found the scoring touch as of late.
"We've got some new lines that are trying to work with each other. I've enjoyed playing with Lanks, Lundy and even Mosser. I've really enjoyed it and we're starting to get to know each other really well."
Lundmark, who now has five points against Detroit in the month of March, said the key to his line's success was effort.
"We played good defense, played hard, we worked every shift."
Langkow's milestone night started past the half-way mark of the first period. He entered the offensive zone and made a quick drop pass to a surging Dion Phaneuf. The defenseman wired the shot over Chris Osgood's shoulder to net his 11th of the season. Cammalleri also assisted.
Langkow picked up point #601 early in the second period when Jamie Lundmark snuck one by Osgood. While cycling the puck, Langkow passed the puck off to Lundmark who shot it towards the net in hopes of a rebound. However, Osgood bobbled the puck and it slid into the net, amusing the crowd to no end. Chants of "Osgood" echoed throughout the C of Red for a good minute after the goal was announced.
The veteran centreman was on the ice for the Flames third tally of the night and played an integral part in Mike Cammalleri's 36th goal of the season. Langkow held his ground in front of Osgood, providing the screen and Cammalleri just had to skate in and put the puck in the net.
Ty Conklin relieved Osgood after the third Flames marker.
Langkow showed his defensive savvy near the end of the second period. The Wings were pressing to get on the board and with a scramble going on in front of the net, Langkow calmly came in, grabbed the puck and deposited it into the neutral zone.
He continued his defensive play late in the third when Detroit came within one of tying the game. Langkow's steady presence in his own end helped keep the Flames ahead and get the win.
Langkow was Tampa Bay's 1st round, 5th overall, pick in the 1995 Entry Draft. He picked 27 goals in three seasons with the Lightning before moving on to the Philedelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and finally, the Calgary Flames.
Since joining the Flames in the 2005-06 season, Langkow has accumulated 107 goals and 228 points. The Edmonton native's best season came as a member of the Flames when he notched 33 goals and 77 points in the 2006-07 season.
David Van Der Gulik was recalled from the Quad City Flames on Monday. The forward picked up 7:44 of ice time and had 11 shifts.
Dustin Boyd played a decent chunk of the game with Olli Jokinen and Jarome Iginla, including time on the power play. Head coach Mike Keenan has been experimenting with different wingers for the pair over the past couple of games.
David Moss recieved the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award on Monday. The annual award is given to a Flames player who best exemplifies the qualities of perserverance, determination and leadership on the ice combined with a dedication to community service. Moss is in the midst of a career season with 19 goals and 35 points. He's involved with the Reading ... Give it a Shot! program, Sunshine Foundation, numerous Flames Foundation for Life events and the David Suzuki Foundation's Carbon Neutral Challenge.
Miikka Kiprusoff tied his own record of most wins by a Flames goaltender in the regular season with his 42nd of the year. He set the record in the 2005-06 season.
THE NUMBERS GAME
601 - Career NHL points for Daymond Langkow
11 - Goals on the year for Dion Phaneuf
8:07 - Ice time for David Moss in the first period
4 - Shots on net for Dion Phaneuf
THE BIG SAVE
THE BIG HIT
WHY THE FLAMES WON
UP NEXT: Calgary will make a rare visit in Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Wednesday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. on TSN & The FAN 960.