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Lamplighters' show can't be one night only

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

The elation has passed.

The Calgary Flames' offensive outburst in a 4-3 win over Colorado Monday night is ancient history.

Now comes the tough task, or what's been the tough task for the Flames this season -- stringing together several such efforts.

Otherwise, the good vibes among the fans and goodwill from the media will disappear.

Daymond Langkow knows it.

"We've gotten used to hearing about it all the time," the Flames centre said of the well-documented questions regarding his team's lack of scoring. "We need to just focus on what we have to do -- win hockey games.

"It doesn't matter if it's by one or if we score one or two or three or four. All that matters in the end result."

Come playoffs, nobody in the Saddledome will complain if the Flames pile up enough 1-0 wins to hoist the Stanley Cup.

However, the scoring dearth that has plagued the Flames -- eight straight games of three or fewer goals prior to Monday's victory -- makes one wonder if they can be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. After all, it's hard to call somebody a big-game hunter when there are no trophies on the wall.

Matthew Lombardi is among several Flames players who expect the offensive struggles to be a thing of the past.

"We have guys in this room who can make plays -- make good plays," he said.

"The confidence has to be there, so we can be more creative without hurting our defensive game. Key for us is big goals at the right time and having four lines chipping in. We're not trying to be like Colorado or Dallas -- teams that wheel around and do different things. We know how we have to play to win games.

"When we're skating, getting pucks deep, cycling and using our speed, I don't think very many teams can stop us."

That was true for most of the rematch game against the Avalanche, which has been one of the NHL's hottest teams since the Olympic break.

Calgary's skaters attacked Colorado goaltender Peter Budaj in waves.

Turn four Flames shots that rang off the post into a couple of goals and the late Avalanche tallies would have been academic.

Langkow said the success stemmed from a concerted effort to play with creativity.

It was more than just being fired up for a big game against a key rival.

"You want to get shots but you want them to be quality shots. We had patience and made some good plays because of it," he said.

"With the way we played, we could have had six or seven goals."


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