I think it’s quite an understatement to say that the Calgary Flames have done well recently. They started the season off with a bang, fell into quite a slump, and now they seem to be on the road to recovery as they have won six of their last seven games. Last night’s game against the New York Islanders was no exception.
Even though there was no scoring in the first period, Reto Berra kept the Flames alive. Sean Monahan netted the first goal of the game in the second. Dennis Wideman followed up with a powerplay goal to put the Flames up by two. Before the end of the second, Thomas Hickey broke the potential shutout and put the Islanders on the board.
Calvin de Haan tied the game in the third period, but, with about 5:35 left in the game, David Jones scored and put the Flames up again. Mikael Backlund put the nail in the coffin with an empty-netter.
The Flames won with a final score of 4-2.
Speaking of Backlund, he was not named to Team Sweden and will not represent his country in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. It was confirmed by SportsNet that Marcus Johansson is going to represent Sweden instead.
Calgary has one more game before the Olympic break, when they take on Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, February 8th. Will the Flames be able to win 7 of their last 8 games before the break?