November 20, 2011
Flames' Jackman shrugs off near-miss
By STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
Robbed doesn't do the description justice.
With Tim Jackman careening into the crease, his eyes on the loose puck headed toward the goal-line for what would almost certainly be his first goal of the season, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford dove back and smothered it at the last second.
"I saw it there. I was like 'I've got to get that still.' But it was going in," said the Calgary Flames winger after a 5-2 win Friday night over the Blackhawks at the Saddledome. "All of a sudden he reaches his arm back and grabs it. I was like, 'Alright.'
"At least we were winning by a couple of goals."
Offensively, that's the way things have been going for Jackman this season. As the only forward who has played all 18 games and has yet to score, that save by Crawford prevented a heck of a celebration.
"I'm getting closer," the good-natured giant said with a laugh. "At least I'm getting chances, so I'm happy about that. I'd like to score and help out that way. I scored 10 last year so I know I can score goals."
With a pair of assists, the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder has found other ways to contribute. He uses his fists when he has to, and always plays with energy on the fourth line with Tom Kostopoulos and Matt Stajan.
"We were around the net quite a bit tonight. And we were stable in our own end," Jackman said. "We just try to set a good example when we do get the chance to go out there."
He's playing as part of the first powerplay unit as well -- along with team captain Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Mikael Backlund and Mark Giordano -- which is enough of a pat on the back in his eyes.
"It's a reward to play on the powerplay," Jackman said. "It always feels good that (head coach Brent Sutter) throws me out there with Iggy and Tangs and Gio and Backs."