The Calgary Flames found their formula for success on Wednesday, trumping the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome.
The team saw goals from two rookies (Sean Monahan and Sven Baertschi) and an assistant captain (Curtis Glencross), while their oldest player -- 33-year-old Joey MacDonald -- was named the game’s first star.
“Plus we played well as a team,” added coach Bob Hartley. “We need to be a team. More importantly I tell those players every day that we need to be a family. Family’s even bigger than a team. That’s what we see right now. Are we perfect? No. Far from it. We’re exciting, a little too exciting but it’s fun to be around those guys.”
Captain Mark Giordano liked what he saw in the win, Calgary’s first on home ice this season.
“I think it was a great game,” he said. “Obviously Monahan and Baertschi scoring was exciting and nice to see but we did a lot of good things. I thought we carried the play for a lot of the game and got some good quality chances and when they did push back, we found a way to win.
“I think that was a big one for our team because we have given up some leads in the first few games but yesterday we found a way to follow through and win it.”
JONES FOR JONES
Wednesday’s victory wasn’t without its price, though.
David Jones suffered an upper-body injury against the Canadiens and has been placed on the Injured Reserve.
“It’s definitely a big loss, but we play hard,” coach Bob Hartley said. “Jonesy has been an unbelievable leader and player for us since the start of the year, he takes care of the kids. Just look at the way he plays. It’s a big loss but at the same time there are no excuses over here.”
In the meantime, the Flames have recalled Blair Jones from the Abbotsford Heat. He isn’t expected to play Friday.
JACKMAN DRAWS IN
Tim Jackman is expected to make his first appearance in place of Jones on Friday against the New Jersey Devils.
“Jackman is going to get a chance to play and that’s great,” Hartley said. “Jacks worked hard all camp. Injuries always open doors for other people to come in and get the job done, so we’re fine.”
A healthy scratch through the first four games of the year, Jackman's excited to get some game action, but disappointed it comes at the expense of a teammate.
“You never want to see a teammate get injured, obviously,” he said. “He’s been playing great and helping this team in so many ways. It’s a big loss. In the sense I get to play tomorrow, it’s a huge opportunity for me. I’m excited to be around the guys and help out.”
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound forward played 42 of 48 games a year ago, recording one goal and five points.
MAC TRUCKING ALONG
On the strength of his 33-save, first star performance against Montreal, Hartley said MacDonald will make his fourth straight start against the Devils.
“As long as he plays like that, he makes it easy,” Hartley said. “When you see a goalie play like that, life’s easy. In Colorado, I never had a sleepless night with Patrick Roy, trust me.”
“(If) you don’t want to get called out, go and work in a factory. One day I think I broke 15 windshields and no one booed me. The next day, I packed about 2000 without a scratch and no one cheered me. You decide where you want to be.”