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The Game Rush: Flames vs. Senators

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames incredible hot streak continued on Wednesday night when the NHL's hottest team was able to knock off the Ottawa Senators by a score of 5-2.

The scoring came fast and furious in the first period. Tim Jackman kicked it off with his eighth of the year at 8:40 but the Senators pushed back with two quick goals. Chris Kelly potted his 12th of the campaign at 9:17 and then Chris Campoli snapped a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff at 10:21.

Despite being down by a goal, the Flames didn't quit going into the middle frame and it paid off. First, Olli Jokinen scored his 10th of the season while the Flames were on the power play. After that, Curtis Glencross ripped a shot high over Lenher's shoulder to push his scoring total to 15 this season.

Anton Babchuk gave the Flames a two-goal lead in the third period when he sent one of his patented blasts from the blueline, beating Lehner at 8:36. Jackman added to that lead when he was able to crash the net and slip the puck underneath the netminder's leg.

The Senator's goaltending hasn't been their strong point this season and the Flames may have come into the game expecting to pot a few more goals than usual. However, rookie Lehner was outstanding right from the beginning of the game.

With Jarkko Ruutu in the box for goaltender interference, the Flames power play went to work hoping to send as many shots at the newcomer as possible. Calgary managed to put five shots, all excellent scoring opportunities, on net with the man advantage and Lehner made three highlight reel saves in that span. Those clutch stops could have killed the Flames momentum but the team kept pressing after Ruutu's penalty had expired.

Calgary set up their forecheck and battled to put as many shots towards Lehner as possible. Hagman's wrister from close range bounced off the netminder and right to Jackman. He whacked the puck into the side of the net, opening the scoring at 8:40.

Without maintaining that confidence in themselves after the unsuccessful power play, the Flames most likely would not have found a way to beat Lehner again that stanza and the Senators would have earned a two-goal cushion to start the second period.

The Flames came into the game with the NHL's 8th best power play on home ice and that special teams prowess paid off when the club was able to score the equalizer with the man advantage.

Olli Jokinen carried the puck high into the slot and inside of wiring a shot while Lehner had a clear view, he dished it off to Glencross at the side of the net. With his stick on the ice, Glencross looked like he was going to send a one-timer at the net. Lehner took the bait and dove across his crease to stop the anticipated shot. Instead, Glencross held the puck for a moment before sending it back to Jokinen. The pivot deflected the pass into the empty cage for his 10th goal of the year.

Jackman has been nothing short of remarkable for the Flames this season and Wednesday's victory over the Senators was just another example of his incredible work ethic.

The veteran winger not only led his club offensively but was extremely responsible in the neutral and defensive zones.

In 12:39 of ice time, Jackman had two goals, five shots and one hit.

Matt Stajan needs four goals to reach 100 in his career.

The Flames almost doubled the Senators in hits in their victory, landing 21 to Ottawa's 11. Mark Giordano led the hit parade with five in his 25:24 of ice time.

Jarome Iginla won all seven of his draws in the faceoff circle. The Flames won 57 per cent of their draws against the Senators.

"It starts with the team. We've stressed the last while about being positive and having fun. Success comes with having fun and being positive." - Glencross on his success as of late

Wednesday, Feb. 9 vs. Ottawa
  7:30 PM MT (Sportsnet Calgary, FAN 960)

The Flames end their four-game homestand with a visit from the Anaheim Ducks. This will be the Ducks first game in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Anaheim holds an edge in the season series with 3-2 SO win over the Flames on Dec. 10.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM MT on Sportsnet West and The FAN 960.
800 Career games played by Robyn Regehr. The blueliner has played every game with the Flames.
1:41 Span in which all three first period tallies were scored.
15 Goals for Glencross, matching a career high for the winger.
6 Blocked shots for Babchuk. The Flames blocked 12 shots overall.
2 Goals for Glencross in the last 2 games.

1st Star
Anton Babchuk
G A P +/- Shots
1 2 3 0 4
2nd Star
Tim Jackman
G A P +/- Shots
2 0 2 +1 5
3rd Star
Olli Jokinen
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 0 3

Robin Lehner
35 31 4 60:00 .885

Miikka Kiprusoff
26 24 2 60:00 .923

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