Wow.. is it me or are the Calgary Flames getting hot? There hasn’t been this much excitement in Cowtown for over seven years. As of today, the team is riding a seven game unbeaten streak. They are even within striking distance of 4th place Vancouver Canucks in the standings. If they keep it up, they will become a force in the playoffs.
Jim Kelly of ESPN, says “the Flames look like this year’s Ducks“.
“Kipper deserves the Hart Trophy”
Jarome Iginla’s return to dominance is a big reason the Flames are in position to battle for the fourth spot and home ice advantage in the first round. While Iginla is having an MVP type season with 37 goals, the Flames captain thinks the Hart Trophy should go to goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff. “…To come in and hold the other team to two goals or under so many games, that’s a chance to win every night,” Iginla told the Calgary Sun. Including a 2-0 blanking of Columbus March 18, Kiprusoff recorded his third shutout this season while improving to 21-7-4 and lowering his NHL-best goals-against average to 1.63, a modern NHL record if the season ended today. His .935 save percentage also leads the NHL and he’s held opponents to two goals or less in 28 of 32 games. “…No one has dominated like him,” Iginla continued. “When we were sliding a little bit, he came back from a knee injury and picks up right where he left off.”