Langkow helps Flames cruise past reeling Islanders

CALGARY, Alberta (Ticker) — Daymond Langkow and the Calgary
Flames simply are scorching the competition.

Langkow recorded a goal and two assists as the Flames scored
three unanswered tallies to hand the New York Islanders their
14th consecutive road loss with a 5-2 triumph on Thursday.

Rene Bourque and Mike Cammalleri registered a goal and an assist
apiece and Curtis Glencross also tallied for Calgary, which
extended its season-high home winning streak to six contests.

Rookie Adam Pardy netted his first career goal, fellow
defenseman Adrian Aucoin notched two assists and Miikka
Kiprusoff made 24 saves as the Flames improved to 9-1-1 in their
last 11 games.

“I don’t know, we’re just on a roll right now. The puck seems
to be going in, and that’s nice,” said Langkow, who has scored
five goals in his last four games. “You have other times when
you’re struggling and you get great chances and you can’t put
the puck in the net. You just try and ride it as long as you

“We had a lot of speed on our line (with Langkow and Matthew
Lombardi) tonight. We could have had a few more, but we chipped
in with a couple,” Bourque said. “‘Lanks’ is playing great
right now. Everything he’s touching is going in the net, so
we’re just trying to get him the puck as much as possible.”

Rookie Trevor Smith scored his first NHL goal and Jeff
Tambellini also tallied for New York, which fell to 0-13-1 in
its last 14 contests away from Nassau Coliseum.

Joey MacDonald turned aside 36 shots for the Islanders, who have
not emerged victorious on the road since defeating the Montreal
Canadiens in a shootout on November 24. They are one loss away
from matching the longest road losing streak in franchise

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“We can’t be acting like young guys anymore,” Tambellini said.
“I know it’s a young group, but it’s a great opportunity to take
advantage of the next 40 games and become veteran guys. We’ve
got to find a way to stop playing like rookies.”

“We need to start to play 60 minutes,” Islanders rookie Kyle
Okposo added. “We play 20 some nights and 40 on others, even 55
some nights, but it doesn’t work out.”

Just 55 seconds after Tambellini leveled the contest at 2-2 late
in the second period, Langkow extended his points streak to
seven games with his 15th goal of the season.

Bourque skated up the right wing with the puck before feeding
Langkow, who wristed a shot past MacDonald with 3:02 remaining
in the middle session.

“I don’t know it if took the air out of the team,” Islanders
coach Scott Gordon said. “We came in after the period and we
had a power play, and our power play really struggled. That’s
something we haven’t had a whole lot of time to address being on
the road here with limited practice time.

“I thought our team had a lot of mental errors, which we haven’t
seen to the extent we saw them tonight.”

After Glencross tallied just 2:52 into the third to make it 4-2,
Pardy capped the scoring nearly 4 1/2 minutes later. The
24-year-old received a feed from All-Star Jarome Iginla in the
left faceoff circle and unleashed a wrister past MacDonald.

“It was kind of a blur, I don’t score too many goals,” Pardy
said. “It was nice to see one go in, it was a big goal for us.

“Two-goal leads are the worst in hockey. It was nice to get
that one and get a three-goal lead.”