CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames continued their push to climb up the Western Conference ladder, winning two of the three games they played over the last week.
The Flames dismantled the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1 on Wednesday, dropped a 3-2 decision to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, and rebounded with a 2-1 OT win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.
CalgaryFlames.com highlights three players who had a great deal of success over the past week:
FIRST STAR: MARK GIORDANO
QUICK NUMBERS: 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots on net, 6 PIM.
The captain returned to action on Monday after missing six weeks with a broken ankle but showed absolutely no rink rust. He scored a goal and an assist in the 4-1 win over the Coyotes and logged 20:28 in ice time. Not too shabby.
He was one of the best players on ice on Friday, wiring five shots on Jean-Sebastien Giguere and putting in 24:21 of ice time. He was named the second star of the 3-2 setback to the Avalanche.
In Edmonton, with his team battling the flu and playing in the second game of a back-to-back set, Giordano led the way with a gritty effort. He threw three hits, blocked four shots and had 26:20 of ice time.
SECOND STAR: MATT STAJAN
QUICK NUMBERS: 1 goal, 3 assists, 3-game point streak, 3 shots on net.
With the likes of TJ Galiardi, Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan out with injuries, Flames forwards have had to step up and take on bigger roles. Stajan has answered the call admirably.
The pivot has been lights out lately, rattling off four points in his last three games and playing a strong defensive game. Centering the top line, Stajan has also logged a lot of minutes and has been trusted to play in crucial situations.
Stajan has been a key factor in the Flames penalty killing success over the past week. In three games, he had 9:00 of ice time while the Flames were short-handed. He also set up Calgary's league-leading sixth short-handed goal on Friday.
THIRD STAR: KARRI RAMO
QUICK NUMBERS: 51 saves, 2 games played, 4 goals allowed.
The Finnish netminder carried the momentum from a big 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 30 into December and was spectacular against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday night.
Ramo made 29 saves in the Flames 4-1 win over Phoenix and was named the game's first star. He also racked up 4 PIM in the tilt, a high-sticking call and an interference minor in the third period, and made it clear he wouldn't be jostled around in his own crease.
The Flames went with Ramo on Friday when the Avs were in town and he made 22 saves in the 3-2 setback.
YOUR CALL: Who were your three stars of the week?