At first, I was worried about the injuries and thought we were going to be worse with our 2nd line almost gone, but the right people have stepped up at the right time. Iginla and Cammy are carrying the team right now. Let's get Cammy re-signed, 4 year - $23m for $5.75m/year.
The second period started much the same as the first period, with the Flames being soft on the puck and generally being out of sync. Then they killed off a penalty and suddenly the game dynamic changed as the Flames took over the game and really sustained the play. I am also happy to report that "Juice" couldn't get any space to operate, as every Flame player with in hitting distance did so. Much to his displeasure. The Flames really sustained pressure and fired all kinds of shots at Mason, who was beginning to look a touch frazzled by the end of the period.
Remember how I said the officials were asleep in the first? Well they seem to have woken up as they called 5 infractions, two of which were coincidental minors. I might also add that the call for Goaltender Interference on Iginla was the weakest call I have seen in a couple months. But that's just sour grapes from me. The penalty kill was really good after a very lucky near miss by Torres, who could have changed the complexion of the game had he scored. Thankfully he didn't and from that point on the PK unit was flawless, not only denying the Jackets any time or space but also creating the usual short handed chances. The power play was utter perfection. Yes you read that correctly. They gained the zone, passed with accuracy and speed and with a blistering point shot from Dion made good on the one man advantage!
Well holy cow. I complain about Dion and look what he does! That was a perfect Dion boomer, and it's been far too long since we last saw that ripping point shot from him. Keep it up. Also of note was his hit on Torres, perfect positioning, and the right play to take Torres out and get the puck back into the Flames possession. Iginla and Cammalleri are so very very awesome. SIX points for them combined tonight! Seems everyone who said "Don't worry about Iggy" was bang on correct!