Maybe it was a case of Matt Stajan being fired up because he's grown tired of being in the doghouse.

Or maybe the centre, who has struggled mightily since coming to Calgary in the infamous Dion Phaneuf trade, is honestly worried he's become a candidate for a AHL assignment.

Or, maybe Stajan is finally about to turn his game around.

Whatever the cause, he played the way people have expected for all these months in the Calgary Flames 2-0 pre-season victory over the New York Islanders Tuesday night.

Not only did Stajan set up the shorthanded goal by Curtis Glencross which opened the scoring, but also had a few scoring chances himself. To his credit, too, he started on the fourth line with Guillaume Desbiens and Lance Bouma — two players likely headed to the minors — before receiving a third-period promotion.