The Calgary Flames 2010-11 season was a rollercoaster ride for players, coaches, staff and fans alike. A slow start that saw the team fall to 14th place in the Western Conference had the city on edge but a miraculous comeback that began near the end of December helped the team climb back into contention for a playoff spot, missing the postseason by a mere four points.
Throughout the up-and-down journey, milestones were reached, highlight-reel plays were made, players set new personal bests and a few prospects made their NHL debuts. Whittling down 20 moments was a tough task but we've managed to put together a list we think encompasses the 2010-11 campaign.
The top five moments will be unveiled next Friday! Watch calgaryflames.com to see what moments made the cut!
The Jersey Shore kids have nothing on Henrik Karlsson when it comes to the matter of fist pumping. When the Flames acquired the goaltender, not much was known about the Swede but it didn't take long for fans to realize just how spirited the 27 year-old could be. After making a big save or stopping a shooter in a shootout, Karlsson let loose a hybrid fist pump/ninja chop that has now become his trademark. "I don't know what it is, to be honest," chuckled the normally stoic Brent Sutter. "But he looks like a fool doing it. I think it's pretty neat. I enjoy it." Starting netminder Miikka Kiprusoff tried to replicate the move later in the season but no one can pull off a fist pump quite like Hank. Fist pump king
9. 40 REASONS TO SMILE
Apr. 6, 2011 vs. the Edmonton Oilers
While most fans expected Jarome Iginla to put up his usual 30+ goals this season, not many could have predicted the landmark year the captain had. Iginla hit the 40 goal mark for the fourth time in his career and was third in NHL scoring with 43 tallies in 82 games. The only two players that managed to top Iginla were Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry, who were within a seven goal margin of the captain. Iginla only scored twice in the month of October and had he heated early in the year, we have no doubt he would have been challenging Perry for the Rocket Richard trophy last April. Yet another milestone for the captain
8. TIP-TOP 20
Feb. 22, 2011 vs. the Boston Bruins
Curtis Glencross' soft hands, gritty presence and speed made it inevitable that he would one day hit the 20 goal plateau and a stellar 2010-11 campaign saw him not only reach that mark but surpass it. Through 79 games, the winger scored 24 times and managed 43 points - both new career highs. "I've said the last three years, my goal is 20 goals," the 28 year-old said. "To be able to do that feels great. I'm going to try and build off that." Glencross opted to remain in Calgary rather than become a UFA this summer, inking a four-year deal worth $10.2 million. A career year
7. JOINING AN ELITE CLUB
Mar. 6, 2011 vs. the Nashville Predators
The captain added another milestone to the books in early March when he potted his 30th goal of the season. The tally pushed him into an elite group of players that have hit the 30 goal mark for 10 straight seasons. Only 10 players have accomplished such a feat with Jaromir Jagr being the last to do so. "I definitely feel extremely blessed to hit that and be able to do it for 10 years," he said after scoring the historic goal. "It's something that when I started out, I never would have dreamt that." Given Iginla's 43 goal output last year, season 11 with 30+ goals seems like a very likely possibility. 30+ for 10 straight years
6. KING CONNIE
Oct. 28, 2010 vs. the Colorado Avalanche
When Craig Conroy signed a one year, two-way deal with the Flames in the off-season, he knew there was no guarantee he'd make the club thanks to an intense battle for roster spots but after a great showing in training camp, the veteran pivot was given the opportunity to stay with the team. He came into the 2010-11 campaign just nine games shy of the 1000 game mark and on Oct. 28, he played in what he called one of the biggest games of his career. "It feels great," he smiled. "To be able to play it home is something that made it really special." Hitting the 1000 game plateau