Monday, November 14, 2005

Flames Fire it Up

Seven in a row and counting, the Calgary Flames put their October blahs behind them seven games ago and with Captain Jarome Iginla back on his game they look unstoppable again.

Tuesday night, the Minnesota Wild were the latest to run into the red hot Flames as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Calgary at the Saddledome. Calgary came from behind to earn the win, spurred on by two and the game winning goal by their captain and some solid goaltending by Mikka Kiprusoff.

The game ended in a wild finish as the Flames found themselves facing two extra skaters, one due to a phantom call to Iginla followed by the Wild pulling Dwayne Roloson for an extra attacker, making for a frantic bit of action in the Calgary end as the clock ticked down.

Kiprusoff held off the Wild attack and the Flames took another two points to the NHL Standings bank. The unbeaten streak now at seven and a chance to tie a team record coming up on Wednesday night when the Red Wings arrive to continue their western swing.

Calgary has caught fire as their Captain has recaptured his scoring ability, with eleven points in his last thirteen games, Iginla is starting to dominate games again. This was his fourth consecutive game with multiple points and when he gets on a roll his team seems to build its confidence from him and take the play to the opposition.

The win pulls the Flames even with the Canucks in the Northwest, both teams tied at twenty-four points with the Oilers three points behind the leaders. With all three Western Canadian teams laying on the points of late, the North West tours are going to be a Bermuda triangle for many of the NHL's visiting squads.

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