Flames beat Wild
RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
|Anton Babchuk (33), Derek Smith (27), Alex Tanguay (40) and Jarome Iginla (12) celebrate Iginla's goal in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 11, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Miller
Curtis Glencross sure picked the perfect time to extend his goal-scoring streak.
Minutes after the Calgary Flames watched a two-goal edge evaporate, Glencross made it a seventh straight game with a tally.
It proved to be the go-ahead goal in a clutch 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild Sunday, a win which puts the Flames back into eighth spot in the Western Conference standings.
Glencross also set a career high with his 25th goal despite missing 15 games due to a knee injury for the Flames (32-25-12).
The Flames' record for consecutive games with a goal is eight, held by Kent Nilsson (1983-84) and Gary Roberts (1992-93).
Glencross was on the spot for an easy goal thanks to pure luck. Jarome Iginla wound up to blast a shot from the high slot, but fanned. The puck went straight to Glencross, who had nothing but net to stare at because Wild goalie Matt Hackett went well out of position looking to stop Iginla’s offering.
Although the Flames ended up skating to a win, it didn’t come without some tense moments.
Early in the third period, the Flames were flying high before the announced Excel Energy Center crowd of 17,119 when rookie Sven Baertschi potted his first NHL goal in just his second game.
Baertschi, the club’s 2011 first-round draft choice who was summoned from junior due to all the injuries, scored on a rebound for the memorable moment.
Combined with Iginla’s first-period goal, the Flames seemed sure to win their third straight by holding a two-goal edge.
However, a pair of Erik Christensen goals drew the hosts even.
Olli Jokinen scored the game-winner with a two-on-one to make it 4-2, but Devin Setoguchi tallied with 64 seconds remaining to make it another nailbiting finish.
The Flames return home to face the San Jose Sharks Tuesday.