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The Flames did what they had to do tonight beating the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. In the process they once again pulled within two points of the Detroit Red Wings for 8th place in the West.

Driving the Flames to victory was Niklas Hagman who had his coming out party wearing the red, yellow and black. Calgary also had two point nights from Iginla and Bouwmeester for the Flames who have now won three of four.

For Hagman, it was his second goal as a Flame and his first in 13 games. However, it wasn’t just the goal that made Hagman stick out tonight. He was all over the ice outworking the Ducks players on every shift. There was one shift, late in the third, where he single-handedly created three or four scoring chances simply by churning his legs. This was the Hagman everyone expected to see when the Flames acquired him from Toronto and helps justify the clearance sale that Sutter had in late January. That is of course if Nikky continues his strong play.

Bouwmeester, who has gone pointless in his last seven games, notched two assists for only the fourth time this season. Clearly struggling to find points this year, he turned his game around and looked much better tonight. Not sure if it’s the system that Jay is having a hard time adjusting to, but this season’s version of Jay Bouwmeester isn’t what most Flames fans expected when the Flames acquired him last summer.

Looking into the past, he played his entire career in Florida where he was given the chance to ‘free-wheel’ most of the time and structure was not so much of a concern. Now, under Brent Sutter, his game has taken a step back as he adjusts to the system, or at least that is what it seems like. I was looking forward to seeing him lead the rush up the ice on most nights, yet fans have rarely seen that this year. Tonight was the Jay we all thought he was and it was a breath of fresh air for many disgruntled Flames fans.

With nine games remaining the Flames travel out East for a three game road trip against the Islanders, Bruins and Capitals.

The Flames know what they have to do; win or don’t bother coming home.

On a side note, this past Sunday was the first day of Spring and a sure sign to tell it is Spring is if the ‘Leafs’ are out, and they certainly are this year.

Unfortunately, that line won’t be as funny if Iginla and Kipper are joining Kessel and Kaberle on the first tee this year.

This has been,

Newman on the Flames

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March 24, 2010 11:04 AM ET | Delete
lol- always need to make a comment about the Leafs in a Flames blog. Penis envy much?
March 24, 2010 12:37 PM ET | Delete
the two teams ARE linked... a quarter of Calgary's roster was in the Toronto training camp.
March 24, 2010 12:46 PM ET | Delete
Envy? far from it trust me...its just too easy to make fun of a team like the Leafs, that is all.
March 24, 2010 1:34 PM ET | Delete
LOL - yeah it must be hard to criticize the state of the Flames. Other than the year they lost in the finals (which was an awesome run), they haven't won a single playoff round since 2000 or 2001. Grass is not much greener in Cow Town my friend.
March 24, 2010 3:25 PM ET | Delete
I envy your draft pick.......
March 24, 2010 3:48 PM ET | Delete
i envy our season series with you guys...
March 24, 2010 4:14 PM ET | Delete
Im a flames fan, I was actually envying TML's pick........all mighty coil not oil......
March 24, 2010 4:26 PM ET | Delete
ahh missed that xD
March 24, 2010 6:59 PM ET | Delete
At least most Flames fans are realistic enought to call a spade a spade. In the eyes of most Leaf fans, their team has been a Stanley Cup contender for the past 42 years.
March 24, 2010 7:38 PM ET | Delete
that is a gross generalization. not really faulting you... but saying it's a generalization. i've read the comments on way too many Leafs articles to truly believe that we ALL have a head on our shoulders.
March 24, 2010 10:28 PM ET | Delete
Wings won tonight, 4-2 over the Blues. Back to a 4 pt lead over the Flames.
March 25, 2010 12:48 AM ET | Delete
Avs won too, shitty night all around.
March 25, 2010 1:14 AM ET | Delete
RE: Beleafer: Going back 89' The Flames havent gotten out of the first round in any year except for 89' and 04'. Im aware the Flames dont have much to brag about, but more than the "Laughs"
March 25, 2010 11:01 AM ET | Delete
Newman. From 93 to 2002 the Leafs made the Final 4, 4 times. That's a little something to brag about. Also, its Laffs not Laughs.
March 25, 2010 2:48 PM ET | Delete
great job as always.
March 25, 2010 6:44 PM ET | Delete
Respek ^^^^^
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