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Wideman sparks Flames to 5-3 win over Islanders

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

I knew it was him but I thought he was going to chip and try to squeeze down the wall and he jumped into the middle and I just clipped his leg and sent him.Dennis Wideman

CALGARY -- It may be preseason, but Dennis Wideman looks to be in midseason form.

Wideman sparked a second period scoring spree that yielded four goals for the Calgary Flames en route to a 5-3 victory at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night.

"It's preseason," Wideman started. "You're just trying to get back up to speed and back up to pace. A couple went in tonight. The first one was probably going wide if it didn't hit the guy's skate. Other than that, I think it felt well. I'm just trying to get the pace going and the time going.

"That's the main part."

Wideman put two behind Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin, but it was Lance Bouma who put Calgary on the board first.

Trailing heading into the middle frame, Bouma quickly erased a 1-0 deficit after depositing Roman Horak's rebound off Poulin's pad into the net just 4:08 into the second.

Wideman, with his first of two in the stanza, gave Calgary the lead. Taking a feed from TJ Galiardi along the boards, the Flames rearguard fired a shot that redirected off the skate of New York defenceman Griffin Reinhart and into the net at 7:39.

The goal came after Wideman leveled Islanders forward Cal Clutterbuck with a highlight reel hip check in the Calgary zone.

"I knew it was him but I thought he was going to chip and try to squeeze down the wall and he jumped into the middle and I just (caught) his leg and sent him," he said.

He then added another with 2:19 left in the period, setting off a scoring frenzy.

On a two-man advantage, Wideman waited for a shooting lane to clear before firing a shot by Poulin's glove to give Calgary a 3-1 edge.

Galiardi -- a Calgary native -- then made it 4-1 with his first of the preseason, taking an Islanders turnover forced by Curtis Glencross and out-waiting Poulin, lifting the puck over the goaltender with 1:31 remaining on the clock.

Reinhart managed to pull New York within two just 40 seconds later, skating solo into the Flames zone and ripping a shot by Joey MacDonald.

The score held until Riley Wetmore brought New York to within one with 6:18 remaining in the third.

Parked at the side of the net, Wetmore took a feed off Matt Donovan's wraparound attempt, hit the post off his initial chance but gathered the rebound and slid the puck over the line before MacDonald could recover.

With the Islanders net empty in favour of the extra attacker, Curtis Glencross put the Flames up 5-3 with 1:30 remaining in the game.

"We want to win every game we can," Galiardi said. "When you do that, you get used to it, right? You don't want to be one of those teams who know how to lose. We wanted to lock it down in the third. It wasn't quite how we wanted to but we got the win."

The Islanders struck first to open the game.

Taking a pass from Calgary product Chris Bruton, Michael Grabner got a step on Flames defenceman Chad Billins and broke in on MacDonald, firing a shot over the goaltender's glove just 3:20 into the contest -- just New York's third shot of the game.

The teams traded unsuccessful wrap-around attempts shortly thereafter.

Just three minutes after Grabner's goal, Zach McKelvie stepped up when Poulin misplayed the puck behind the net, swooping in with a wrap around attempt but was denied. On the next shift, Grabner had MacDonald at his mercy before Galiardi thwarted the attempt with his stick.

A pair of posts kept Calgary scoreless through 20 minutes.

After picking a pass off out of the air, Tim Jackman struck iron after being Poulin at the nine minute mark. Galiardi fared no better, beating the Islanders goalie glove side on the power play with 2:40 remaining, but too struck the bar.

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