Donovan holding hot stick

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET


 It was a magical run for Shean Donovan.

 During an incredible regular-season stretch, the defensive forward found his offensive touch, scoring highlight-reel markers and potting game-winners much to the delight of the Calgary Flames.

 Memories of that run have come flooding back following goals in Games 2 and 3 in this series against the Detroit Red Wings.

 "It's been a while," said Donovan, when asked of the last time he has scored in consecutive games.

 "In playoffs? Never."

 In the regular season?

 "Probably not this year," said Donovan.

 "Last year."

 Correct, in games on Dec. 5 and 7 to be precise.

 The Flames faithful remember it well.

 He went on a sizzling stretch between Nov. 27 and Dec. 11, when the Timmins, Ont., native scored 10 goals in eight games.

 Alongside Craig Conroy and Martin Gelinas, he netted a hat-trick, four game-winners and an NHL offensive player of the week award.

 The tear catapulted him from among the team's two-goal toilers to the club's top sniper with 12 counters.

 It wasn't until the new calendar year when top-gun Jarome Iginla reclaimed the Flames' goal-scoring lead from Donovan.

 "During that streak, the bounces were going well for me and it seemed like everything was going in," Donovan said. "Later in the season, I thought I was playing better than I was during the streak but the pucks weren't going in. That's the way hockey is, I guess."

 These days, he can be forgiven for the second-half drought. (He scored just six goals over the remaining 55 games and only once in the final 30 regular-season contests, finishing with 18.)

 He's tallied three times in these playoffs, including in back-to-back tilts, highlighted by Tuesday's spectacular winner in a 3-2 victory at the Saddledome.

 You get the feeling it's the start of another sparkling streak.

 "I hope so," said a smiling Donovan after practice yesterday.

 "I'm just taking it game by game. I'm feeling pretty good but my linemates are playing awesome (Marcus Nilson and Ville Nieminen) and I think we're starting to click a little better than we had.

 "They're making great passes, so it's pretty nice going to the net, knowing you're going to get the passes the way I am.

 "I'm finding it a lot more comfortable with Marcus as a centreman. He wasn't a centreman to start out with and I think he's starting to read the plays a lot better."

 There could be another reason Donovan is scoring again -- his three-week-old son Jorian.

 "He's come to the last three games, so he's brought a little bit of luck. It'll be awesome when he can realize what he's actually here for."


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