March 7, 2012
Couple of easy ones for Iginla
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Pretty simple formula for success.
Jarome Iginla goes hard to the net, and goals go in for the Calgary Flames captain.
They don’t get any easier than the ones the Montreal Canadiens allowed him to score Tuesday night during a sloppy, awfully played 5-4 Flames victory at the Saddledome.
This certainly didn’t look like two teams battling for playoff spots. When it’s the 15th-place team in the Eastern Conference and the 11th-place squad in the Western Conference, maybe it shouldn’t be.
In the first period, Iginla came out of the corner, walked by two defenders and scored on by going around goalie Carey Price.
In the second period, Iginla walked around the net and scored on a wraparound.
It won’t be as easy when the Flames face Western Conference foes still fighting tooth-and-nail to make the post-season.
For one night, it was a bit easier.
AGAINST THE GLASS
Those hoping to see Michael Cammalleri had to settle for Monday’s cameo appearance on CBC’s Mr. D, the best new Canadian show on TV. Even more impressive than Cammalleri’s decent acting ability was the way the producers stickhandled around the fact it was shot when he was still with the Montreal Canadiens. Cammalleri did absorb a great burn when one character said, “Do you skate like a boy, because you walk like a girl?” No truth to the rumour Cammalleri missed Tuesday’s game auditioning for a lead role in Goon 2 … Mark Giordano, who blasted his sixth goal of the season in the second period, was happy to take off the bottom face shield he was wearing thanks to a puck to the lips against the Phoenix Coyotes last week. The Flames blueliner is becoming a veteran of the face shield as it seems he takes a nasty shot every season. “Sometimes, it’s my own fault. I’m getting my stick in the way and deflecting it into myself,” said Giordano, who is still sporting a fat lip and stitches. “I’ve had some tough luck with pucks getting deflected. Hopefully, that changes.”
IN THE CREASE
Rene Bourque isn’t in the running for any official awards, but he is the favourite for the NHL’s Cy Young. With 17 goals and just six assists, his ratio would make a great win-loss record in baseball. At 17-6, he’s battling fellow former Flame Eric Nystrom (16-4), who is now with the Dallas Stars. Also in the running are Nashville’s Patric Hornqvist (20-12), New Jersey’s David Clarkson (26-12) and Philadelphia’s Max Talbot (18-11), but Bourque may end up on top if he hits the ‘20-win’ mark. He certainly won’t be taking any more ‘losses.’ That would require passing once in a while … Erik Cole is the Habs’ current ironman, suiting up in his 165th straight game Tuesday. That’s nothing. Jay Bouwmeester, playing in game No. 573 (eighth-best streak of all-time), could go 165 games without delivering a hit … Tuesday’s matchup was between two of the most battered NHL teams this season. Prior to the game, the Habs had lost 324 man-games to injury, while the Flames were dinged for 296. Flames winger Tim Jackman left in the first period with an upper-body injury after getting steamrolled by Alexei Emelin.
Curtis Glencross’ goal streak is now at five games and this one goes down as unassisted. It shouldn’t. Price was the reason Glencross got his 23rd, putting a clearing attempt right on the winger’s stick for an easy conversion in the third period … With just one anthem, half of which was in French, fans missed out on one of the true treats in the Dome — the ‘Sea’ and ‘Red’ chants during the Star Spangled Banner … This was the ninth straight game in which the Flames have scored first, but only the third win in that time. They are also 21-0-4 this season when leading after two periods, so just how awful have their second periods been lately? … Tom Kostopoulos played in his 600th career game, not bad for the 204th-overall draft pick in 1999 … With all the uniform numbers in the 50s, 60s and 70s, it felt like a football team was facing off against the Flames. Luckily for them, most of those Canadiens players have the stone hands of offensive linemen.