Minnesota cats spoil Iginla’s jersey retirement

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It was supposed to be the perfect night to celebrate a worthy sportsman, as the Calgary flames took on the Minnesota cats. Like all fairy tale stories, the flames were supposed to win and make it a perfect night of celebration as they retire the number 12 Jersey of their former captain and legend, Jarome Iginla.

“You know they’re going to come with a pretty hard push at the beginning of the game, they’re a good team and played well here. I thought we did a good job weathering it.”

Well it was not to be, as Minnesota had other ideas of their own. The cats not only put a dent on the flames aspiration by winning 4-2 on the night, but they also ended a seven game streak for the flames and soured Iginla’s testimonial.

Speaking after the game, Minnesota captain Devan Dubnyk said, “You know they’re going to come with a pretty hard push at the beginning of the game, they’re a good team and played well here. I thought we did a good job weathering it.”

Earlier in an elaborate pre-game ceremony, the flames raised Iginla’s number 12 to the rafters bringing the curtain to a close in what can be termed a beautiful career for Iginla.

Chimezie Uguru

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Mangiapane late game heroics lift Flames over Ducks

The Calgary Flames extended their win streak to 4 games defeating the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 3-2. This game was much tighter than I imagine Flames fans would have liked, but regardless 2 points is 2 points.

After 20 minutes both teams were all tied at 0, and there was a lack of scoring opportunities. The best chance in the period came from Austin Czarnik who had a wide open cage but put it into the paddle of Ryan Miller. This would have been Czarniks 4th goal in as many games.

It didn’t take long into the second period before the shutouts were broken, T.J Brodie found the back of the net from the point with a shot that fooled Miller. The Ducks would respond in the second though, thanks to Derek Grant, or should I say Mike Smith.

Smith came out of his net to play the puck as he so often does, and turned it over to Carter Rowney who fed Derek Grant who had all 6X4 of the open net to shoot at.

The third period had a nice pace to it with some good physical play, but no goals until late in the period. Andrew Magniapane was the hero scoring the game winner off a broken play with 3:29 remaining.

The Flames went a perfect 3-0 on their home stand and now head to the Nation’s Capital to face the senators on Saturday. Smith has won his last 4 starts now, and is assumed to be filling the starting position.

Flames have a 3 point lead over the Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and Western Conference.

 

Jake Foster