The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Habs
Tim Jackman was hit hard by Habs defenceman Alexei Emelin during his first shift of the game and immediately headed to the locker room. It turns out the gritty winger suffered an upper body injury and the malady was serious enough to sideline him for the rest of the night, leaving the Flames with 11 bodies up front.
Mike Cammalleri, Blake Comeau and Lance Bouma were out of the lineup on Tuesday with upper body injuries. All three are day-to-day. Chris Butler (thigh laceration), Mikael Backlund (upper body), Blair Jones (fractured ankle) and Lee Stempniak (high ankle sprain) are on the injured reserve.
The Flames have been badly outshot in recent games but that trend came to a screeching halt on Tuesday night thanks to an incredibly strong first period that saw the boys from Calgary put 18 shots on Habs netminder Carey Price. They attempted nine more shots that either went wide or were blocked by Montreal.
That put-everything-on-net mentality paid off as Calgary scored twice in the opening frame. David Moss, whose last goal came against the Canadiens on Oct. 13th, was able to tip a Mark Girodano shot to earn his second goal of the season. A few minutes later, Jarome Iginla absolutely powered his way through the Habs defence and slid his 26th marker of the season past Price.
Montreal put nine shots on net and were able to beat Miikka Kiprusoff with just three seconds left in the period when Tomas Plekanec scored a power play goal.
Early on, it looked the Flames were going to blow another lead in the second period. Max Pacioretty scored the equalizer 9:28 of the middle frame but instead of quashing the Flames energy, it seemed to give them momentum.
First, they drew the first Habs penalty of the game when Thomas Kaberle was banished to the sin bin for tripping. Then, Mark Giordano sent an absolute rocket past Price at 13:44 to give his team the lead again.
Iginla finished off the period by notching his second of the evening, once again powering through the Montreal zone and scoring on the wraparound.
Shots on goal after forty minutes were 28-18 for the Flames.
The Flames fifth goal came courtesy of Curtis Glencross picking off a Price clearing attempt and throwing it into the empty net but the Habs answered back when Pacioretty scored his second of the night.
Montreal continued to press but the Flames were able to hold off the visitors to keep them in the hunt for a playoff position.
Final shots on net were 34-28 for Calgary.
Glencross pushed his scoring streak to five games with his third period tally and earned two helpers in the victory, giving him 40 points through 52 games this season.
Iginla was on fire for his team on Tuesday, scoring two key goals against the Habs. Iginla has points in four straight games and is now just three goals shy of 30 this campaign.