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.
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20. PULLING A FAST ONE
Feb. 5, 2011 vs. the Los Angeles Kings
Lance Bouma made his NHL debut on Feb. 5, 2011 after the Flames suffered a rash of injuries up front. As per tradition, Bouma led the team out onto the ice for the pregame warmup but in his haste to get his first taste of NHL action, he failed to check if the rest of the squad was following him. While his teammates chuckled from the bench, Bouma proceeded to skate a lap around the rink before noticing he was the only player out on the ice. Bouma's solo skate
19. DION'S RETURN
Dec. 16, 2010 vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs
The Flames shocked the hockey world on Jan. 31, 2010 when they dealt blueliner Dion Phaneuf - the club's first round draft pick in 2003 - to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a seven-player deal. Phaneuf, who was born in Edmonton and played junior hockey in Alberta, made his return to his old hometown on Dec. 16, 2010 and as expected, it was the only thing people were talking about leading up to the tilt. The Flames ended up winning the game 5-2 and Phaneuf was held pointless in his first game at the Saddledome in over 10 months. First time back
18. STALLED 'STACHE
In November, defenceman Cory Sarich led the team in its first-ever Movember campaign and managed to get the vast majority of the team involved. While there were a few guys who couldn't grow a full mustache, Mikael Backlund took the brunt of the jokes for his 'stache attempt. "Backs kind of looks like a cartoon character when I look at him," Sarich smiled. "It looks like someone drew it on." The young forward took the ribbing in stride, saying "I know it's not the best one but it's for a good cause ... It doesn't look pretty." Overall, the Movember campaign raised over $68,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada. Wrapping up Movember
17. MORRISON TAKES ON THE CANUCKS
Dec. 1, 2010 vs. the Vancouver Canucks
For veteran Brendan Morrison, the biggest game of the season came on Dec. 1 when the Flames took on their divisional rivals, the Vancouver Canucks, for the first time that year. Morrison had attended the Canucks training camp, hoping to earn a spot on his old team but was cut before the season started. The Flames offered the 35 year-old a one-year contract which he quickly accepted. When it came time to square off against Vancouver, Morrison admitted it was a bit nerve wracking but ultimately wanted to show the Canucks brass he was a valuable asset for any team. We think his 43 points in 66 games proved that point. Taking on his old team
16. SOME KINDA GOAL!
Apr. 1, 2011 vs. the St. Louis Blues
Alex Tanguay may be best known as Jarome Iginla's set-up man but on Apr. 1, it was the winger scoring the highlight reel tally during a crucial game against the St. Louis Blues. With the Flames sitting just three points out of a playoff spot and the regular season dwindling, every tilt was a must-win affair. Tanguay and Iginla came up large for their club, each notching three points, with this back-and-forth goal that helped tie the game up in the third. The Flames went on to win 3-2, keeping their inconceivable run at securing a playoff position alive for another day. Tic tac toe