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Forwards play What's My Line

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

Only the man drawing the Lotto 6/49 numbers has witnessed more combinations.

When the Calgary Flames came out for the third period last night, the typical forward combinations were thrown out the window.

With his team down a pair of goals to the Minnesota Wild, Calgary GM/head coach Darryl Sutter reunited Daymond Langkow with Jarome Iginla. For a twist, though, he opted to put Chris Simon on the left wing.

But that wasn't the only newly created trio. One wild and wacky combination after another hit the ice in the final 20 minutes, which ended with Calgary winning 3-2.

Chuck Kobasew and Craig MacDonald, normally on the wings, were pressed into centre duty, Darren McCarty went to the left wing, Tony Amonte back again to right.

It was like old times for McCarty.

"I went through that all the time with Scotty Bowman in Detroit. He always mixed lines up," he said. "You'd be with a guy in practice and then on a different line in the game and that keeps you on your toes.

"Most guys can play more than one position and you saw that. It was like pond hockey -- who's going gets out there -- and it works. Darryl has a great feel for this hockey club."

A magic touch, too.

Suddenly, after 40 scoreless minutes, Flames feet were moving, scoring chances were generated and -- most importantly -- goals were scored.

Langkow agreed Sutter's strategy got the team back on track.

"It got a couple of guys going and worked. Everybody then played well," he said.

"I don't know why we came out flat for two periods but we came out with a lot of fire in the third period and got the win."

No unit had more impact than Langkow's, thanks in big part to an all-world period from Iginla, who scored the game-winner and assisted on two others.

"The first two periods, we turned it over quite a bit and that's what that team feeds off. Hopefully we learned a lesson from those first two periods," Langkow said.

Simon, back for only his second game after missing six with a rib muscle injury, would like to play alongside Iginla more often.

"Playing with Iggy is special. When you get out there, you have a lot of fun. It seems they slow down because they have to respect him so much," he said.


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