Sunday, March 14, 2004

Collecting points with the Calgary Flames

The Calgary flames continued on with their unbeaten streak taking the total to four Saturday night, with a 4-4 tie against the Nashville Predators. A see-saw game that saw the teams battle back and forth all night, it was broken open when Jerome Iginla hit the scoreboard 31 seconds into the third to the game up. Miikka Kiprusoff then shutting the door on a pesky Nashville team, that is fighting for it’s playoff life. Giving the Flames a one point cushion between them and Nashville now tied for seventh spot with St. Louis in the West.

Predator goaltender Tomas Vokoun took the blame for the lost extra point, claiming he let his team down Saturday night. The Predators at one time held a 3-1 lead, only to have things fall apart in a very short 2 minutes and fifty three seconds, spanning the late second period and early third. For the Flames the effort while sloppy at times, gave prove that they can come back from a deficit and salvage a bad situation.

As the season winds down, the Flames may find themselves to be a dark horse candidate for success in the post season. Any good playoff team needs goaltending, the Flames are finding that Kiprusoff gives them an added edge; it’s up to them to take advantage of it when the opportunity provides itself

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