January 13 2010 11:50PM
Pittsburgh Penguins: 3 -- Sidney Crosby, Bill Guerin [GWG], Tyler Kennedy
Calgary Flames: 1 -- Mark Giordano
For years, Calgary fans watched a Fleury star in the Saddledome, and tonight was no different. Unfortunately it was not former Flames captain Theo, but instead current Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre.
Stanley Cup rings and all, Marc-Andre Fleury, Sidney Crosby et al marched into Calgary, handing the Flames their fourth loss in their last five games. Were we not just talking about a five game winning streak a week ago? Oh, and the Flames short stint atop the Northwest division also came to an end.
- The Flames fired 38 shots Fleury's way, including16 in the 3rd, but the Olympian stopped all but one.
- Jarome Iginla has gone five games without a point! FIVE GAMES!!
- Making just his second appearance in Calgary, Sidney Crosby made his mark not even four minutes in, as he scored his 30th goal of the season.
- Mark Giordano, making a mere $1 million, scored the only Flames goal, a power-play marker, and continues to look as though he is their best defenceman. That may be a stretch, but with all the talk of "Big Three", Giordano isn't exactly chopped liver.
- Craig Conroy returned from a lower body injury after missing five games.
- Referee Stephane Auger, the target of Alex Burrows much-publicized accusations, was one of the officials.
- Jamie Lundmark looks as though he may stick around for a while. After sending him down temporarily yesterday while waiting for Staffan Kronwall to clear waivers, the Flames recalled Lundmark this morning and finally bid adieu to the Swedish defenceman, sending him down to the Abbotsford Heat.
- Brian McGrattan had his 12th fight of the season, taking on former Flames tough guy Eric Godard...
The Nashville Predators visit "The 'Dome" Friday @ 7:00 (01/15/10 Sportsnet West, FAN960). Here's a suggestion - try scoring some goals!
COACH BRENT SUTTER SPEAKS ON FLAMES SCORING WOES
Having missed the first half of the game in favour of going to see the new Chipmunks movie with my girlfriend and her soon-to-be four year old daughter, I get the chance to see the Penguins live in the flesh tomorrow, as the Pens visit the lowly Edmonton Oilers. Initially forgetting about tonight's game, I happily suggested I'd join them for the movie, and while I was somewhat disappointed when I realized what I'd done, the smile on her face as she watched Alvin, Simon & Theodore made it all worth while. Kids seem to have this way of making other things seem less important. I luv it!