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New Jersey players took notice of Calgary's dominating win over Minnesota

by TY PILSON @typilson /

Calgary's 5-1 drubbing of the Minnesota Wild Wednesday night turned a lot of heads in the NHL.

Many of those were inside the New Jersey locker-room.

Hosting the Flames tonight at the Prudential Center, the Devils are well aware Calgary is coming off one of its most dominant performances of the season.

"It's an eye-opener for everybody because Minnesota's been so good all year," said former Flame and current Devils forward Mike Cammalleri. 

"For them to go and win in the fashion they did puts everybody on notice, especially the team they are playing next," he added with a wry smile.

Wednesday's victory came courtesy of great play across the board for the Flames, as they turned in a complete performance for their second straight win.

"They're coming in feeling good about themselves" said Jersey defenceman Ben Lovejoy. "That Minnesota team is arguably the best team in the league and one of the most complete teams. So for them to come out and play that way against them is very impressive."

Taylor Hall, who has nine points in his last six games against Calgary - including the winning goal in New Jersey's 2-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Jan. 13 - said the Flames are a team capable of doing damage down the stretch.

"They have so much potential and you're just waiting for them to go on a run and a streak," said Hall. "For us, seeing them beat a team like Minnesota, that's not an easy team to beat, especially 5-1. So, we're going to have to be ready." 


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