The Calgary Flames hung tough while their leading scorer went 10 games without a goal, but they're anxious to make a move now that his drought is over.
Jarome Iginla and the Flames look to build off a dramatic come-from-behind win the last time out when they host the struggling Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night.
Calgary (27-19-8) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 4-3 shootout win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. The Flames trailed 3-0 at the end of the second period, but Dion Phaneuf scored twice in the third period and Iginla tied the game with nine seconds remaining in regulation.
Iginla then scored in the third round of the shootout for the win.
"I was just trying to turn around and shoot it and that's the way it goes sometimes," Iginla said. "You're just trying to put it in the net. The ones you don't expect to, they go in sometimes. That sure felt good to see that go in."
Iginla, who leads Calgary with 67 points and 33 goals, had tallied just five assists since a one-goal, two-assist performance in a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings back on Jan. 5. Before Tuesday's win, the Flames had gone 4-5-1 since that game.
|On Tuesday against the Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla led his team to a 4-3 shootout win with 1 goal, 1 assist, and the game-winning shootout marker. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Despite the recent mediocrity, they are in third place in a tight Northwest race in which first and fifth place are separated by just nine points.
Iginla wasn't the only one feeling good this week. Phaneuf signed a six-year contract extension Wednesday for an undisclosed amount. The All-Star defenseman was in the final year of his entry-level contract, which had him earning slightly more than $940,000.
"It remains very important for us to lock up our key young players," general manager Darryl Sutter told the Flames' official Web site. "Our goal with Dion was to provide an arrangement that will allow him to take his game to the next level."
The Flames look to hand Chicago (23-25-5) their sixth straight loss Thursday. The Blackhawks are winless after the first three games of a season-high seven-game road trip, during which they've been outscored 13-6.
Chicago struck first in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers when Patrick Sharp scored late in the first period. But Edmonton scored three times in the second period and again early in the third off goaltender Patrick Lalime, who recorded 23 saves.
Chicago, which was tied for ninth in the West on Dec. 29, has gone 4-10-3 since then to fall into last place in the Central and second-to-last place in the conference.
"We're not playing the way we can," Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. "At the same time, we know how fast that can change and how fast momentum can change and there's still time, but it is dwindling away and we need to get those points."
Chicago and Calgary have split their first two games this season, with Chicago winning 2-1 in Calgary on Nov. 22. The Flames have lost their last two home games against the Blackhawks after going 9-3-0 with four ties in the previous 16.