On the heels of three games that saw the Calgary Flames score only three total goals, an offensive awakening has now powered the team to two straight wins. Curtis Glencross has been a key contributor to the recent surge with a hat trick against the Nashville Predators on Friday, and with goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff back at full strength, the Flames are by no means out of postseason contention yet.
Kiprusoff is now 3-2 since returning from injury, and had a .950 save percentage in Wednesday’s win over the Detroit Red Wings. Somehow the Flames were 6-5-2 with their star netminder out, but there is no question they are a much better team with Kiprusoff back. With the two wins, his season record is now 5-5-2 although a 3.27 goals against average could use some improvement.
Glencross’ hat trick gave him five goals in the last four games, as well as the team goal scoring lead. Alex Tanguay remains hot with four points in four games, the same total that veteran winger Mike Cammalleri has over the same stretch. Captain Jarome Iginla has only managed an assist in the last five games, making the contributions of Calgary’s role players even more important. Offseason acquisition Jiri Hudler had a goal and an assist against the Predators, and the Flames would love to see him be more consistent. The goal was his first since Feb. 13 and followed a four-game point drought that was preceded by six assists in three games.
While scoring 11 goals in two games is a big enough accomplishment for this team, it’s even more impressive that the Flames took just 22 shots on goal in each of those games. It has been 10 games since the Flames registered 30 shots or more, but they seem to be making the most of quality shots rather than quantity of shots at the moment.