Flames achieving goals

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

On the tail end of a joyous celebration at the 'Dome, Jim Playfair was asked what his club's record-setting 10-game home win streak meant.

"It means you're going to work it over tonight and give it to us tomorrow about our road record," laughed the head coach.

An astute hockey mind indeed.

Thing is, this was supposed to be the team that couldn't score goals.

The team that didn't have a second line.

The team that relied too much on Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla.

Well, Merry Christmas Calgary -- your Flames just gave you their best o' the season, putting a nice little bow on a streak topped off by a 5-2 win that should leave visions of sugarplums dancing in fans' heads.

After a rough start, the biggest complaints around the 'Dome these days revolve around stale popcorn and Alex Tanguay's punch-drunk penchant for the pass.

That said, his desire to dish paid off handsomely once again last night as his top line put on a powerful display of dominance that saw Jarome Iginla match a career-high total of four points while the trio racked up 10 points.

"We haven't had a night like that all year," said Iginla, notching his seventh career four-point game with two goals and two assists.

"We're coming. We're finding ways to score goals, our special teams are getting better, Kipper's making big saves and we're disciplined. That changes the nailbiters (into three and four goal wins)."

Not only has Tanguay and the top line with Iginla and Daymond Langkow hit its stride, it's hard to fathom any line in hockey dominating like they can.

A perfect example of that came in the final minute of the opening period when an aggressive Tanguay hacked at a downed d-man on the puck until it jarred loose, kicking off a chain of events that saw Langkow feed Iginla in the slot where he scored his 17th of the year.

"You told us for two years we have to score more goals so that's why..." started coach Jim Playfair when asked to explain the relative ease in which his team is scoring these days.

"Lately we've been trying to get more pucks to the net."

This is a team so good right now it not only decided to give rookie callups Richie Regehr and Mark Giordano regular shifts last night but they paired the Omaha defencemen together.

Second-line centre Matthew Lombardi is obviously taking Darryl Sutter's challenge to heart, sitting amongst league leaders with a plus-16.

Tony Amonte, Jeff Friesen, and Byron Ritchie have formed a formidable third line that has many fans squealing with delight over Ritchie's emergence of late.

Now sporting an all-important 5-2-1 record against Northwest opponents, the Flames climbed within one of the division lead behind Minny last night.

What's more, when the Flames return home from a six-game pre-Christmas road swing, Stephane Yelle will be back.

The hits just keep coming.


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