Supporting cast steps up

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 1:11 PM ET


 The call came down from the coach for more scoring from his secondary sources.

 And he got it in a 27-second span last night.

 Chris Clark and Shean Donovan answered Darryl Sutter's demand, adding insurance late in the second period to help the Flames shut out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 and even the series 2-2.

 "He knows how to push our buttons," said Donovan. "He was obviously hard on us and expected it from us. Especially for somebody else other than (Jarome Iginla's) big line to score some goals.

 "Iggy can't do it all."

 Iginla did contribute with an empty-net goal. But as has been the case all series, he was covered well by Canucks defencemen Mattias Ohlund and Brent Sopel.

 Besides, goals from across the board have been part of the Flames' success all season.

 "We need secondary goal scoring, quite honestly," Sutter said. "Clark, Donovan and Gelinas have basically, in terms of opportunity, given us zero (prior to last night). We need a goal out of them. You look at (Game 3) -- that's part of the difference (between winning and losing)."

 Making the difference in the win last night was getting the goals from those secondary sources. It was a bit of a breakthrough for guys who haven't tallied enough over the last few months.

 For Clark, it was his third goal in the last 34 games. On the season, he scored a career-high 10.

 For Donovan, it was his second goal in the last 34 games. That's despite finishing with a career-high 18 goals in the regular season -- second on the team only to the 41 put up by league-leader Iginla.

 Even Stephane Yelle's opening goal could be classified as contribution from one of the team's secondary scorers.

 Hampered by injury throughout the season, Yelle's four goals were the worst count of his nine-year career.

 "It's huge," said Clark of chipping in. "But it's happened all year where guys have stepped up around our top line. It's right down to whoever our last players (are) -- guys coming up from the minors and everybody. Everybody's been contributing all year long.

 "Not many teams can win with just one guy. It's very rare, especially in hockey, to have just one guy stand out all year long and be the go-to guy. "A lot of teams, especially in the playoffs, need a lot of guys to contribute."

 Like Donovan, Clark and Yelle.

 "Obviously, we need that every game," Donovan added.

 "It's not just (last) night. We need it for the next two games of the series. So it's nice to respond for one game, but we know there's a lot more left."


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