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Offense finds a groove

by Peter Zuurbier / Calgary Flames
 
GAME IN A MINUTE
By the Numbers

27-1-3--
The Flames’ record this season against teams when leading after two periods.

15--
The number of games since David Moss last scored. March 3, Moss scored a hat-trick against Ottawa but had been in a drought until tonight.

6--
The number of twenty goal scorers currently on the Flames.  Cammalleri (36), Iginla (34), Jokinen (29), Langkow (21), Bourque (21), and now Moss (20) lead a Flames attack whose potency is only matched by its balance.
Big Save
Kipper absolutely robbed Simmonds on a breakaway in the 15th minute of the 2nd. Simmonds tried to cut across the slot and slide it into the left corner but the puck was met by the mighty left pad of Kiprusoff.
Big Hit
Curtis Glencross had a rough sequence seven minutes into the second period when he stumbled, and then while trying to catch up on the play, was nailed by Matt Greene.
Why the Flames Won
The Flames simply overwhelmed the Kings over 60 minutes with rock-solid defensive play. Their stifling defense transitioned into offensive opportunities, and a young Los Angeles team learned a valuable lesson about how playoff teams perform when called upon.
Our 3 Stars
1. Moss—
Broke through goalless drought through sheer determination, 3rd period was his.
2. Vandermeer—
First goal, first-class defensive play all game.
3. Kiprusoff—
Steady as usual, spectacular when needed.
Roster Moves (Injuries/Scratches)
Injured players include Robyn Regehr (lower body), Cory Sarich (lower body), Andre Roy (upper body), Mark Giordano (shoulder), Rene Bourque (ankle). Wayne Primeau (foot) and Rhett Warrener (shoulder) are out indefinitely.

Warren Peters was recalled, and John Negrin was assigned to Quad City of the American Hockey League.
Up Next
Calgary will be in Vancouver Tuesday night to play the Canucks (8 pm Sportsnet, The Fan 960), in a game that could very well decide who wins the Northwest Division

--Peter Zuurbier
The Calgary Flames put forth a dominating performance Monday night against the Kings, using smothering defense to help awaken the offense and skate to a 4-1 victory.

With the regular season winding down the opportunity to find cohesion on both ends of the ice is fleeting, but captain Jarome Iginla was impressed with his team.

“We’ve been getting better defensively for a while but offensively we haven’t been (firing) on full cylinders, but tonight it felt a lot closer to both sides of it,” said Iginla.

“It feels like we’ve all been in a bit of an offensive funk… but this is the type of game we can really build on both sides.”

The Flames spent the first period feeling their opponents out, but in the second they took charge, out-shooting the Kings 19-6 and scoring twice. The first goal came when Daymond Langkow charged into a mix-up in front of Kings’ goaltender Erik Ersberg and drove the loose puck home. Los Angeles’s only ray of sunshine came when Wayne Simmonds one-timed the puck past Kiprusoff right off of a Handzus faceoff win about half way through the second. The Kings’ elation was short-lived though, as they quickly fell prey to an Iginla one-timer from Cammalleri that was eerily reminiscent of the drill they practiced in the morning skate. Iginla was pleased to see the entire team give such a solid effort when it was absolutely necessary.

“Anytime we’re rolling that’s the biggest part of our team is that every line can score goals and tonight we got that,” said Iginla

The Kings stormy evening continued in the 3rd when Jim Vandermeer slid the puck into the slot, off Jack Johnson’s stick, past Ersberg and into the net for his first goal of the season. David Moss also used the young Kings team to get a similar monkey off his back, streaking in and snapping his 20th goal of the season, his first in 15 games.

“It’s nice to get it out of the way, put it behind me, and focus on these last three games and the playoffs,” said Moss, who attributed success again to the teams’ strong defensive play.

“When you’re playing good D like (tonight) the pucks are going to start going in.”

One area the team knows they need to improve is their play with the man-advantage, the Flames were again held scoreless on the power play, and leading scorer Mike Cammalleri vocalized the teams’ frustration.

“(The power play) can determine games, it can have a huge impact on whether or not you win,” said Cammalleri.

“We had two five-on-threes and it really felt like we let something go here tonight… we’ve got to figure it out.”

The Flames head off immediately to Vancouver for tomorrow night’s match-up against the Canucks (8 pm Sportsnet, The Fan 960), and the group are excited to what may be the game of the year.

“Tomorrow night is a great opportunity to clinch, and a good opportunity for us to play one of the hottest teams after the all-star break,” said Moss

“It’s a great opportunity for us… these are the type of games you want to play. It’s a great time of year and a great tune-up for the playoffs, and we’re looking forward to it,” agreed Iginla.

“There’s pressure, but it’s a good thing, it’s been a good thing for our team… this is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

 

 

 

 

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