Make no mistake: Jay Feaster is happy the Calgary Flames blanked the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in the Heritage Classic. Big win. Two points. But the acting general manager has to be ecstatic over the performance of one Rene Bourque. The streaky winger checked in with two goals on 11 shots Sunday at McMahon Stadium. With six points in his past three games, the slump for No. 17 is officially over. "Awesome," Feaster said, beaming at the topic of discussion. "Just awesome. His game has really been coming. He feels on top of his game, and you saw it tonight." The Flames are one of the hottest teams in the land with a 17-4-5 record since Dec. 23. They've won 11 of their past 13. Bourque - considered one of the main offensive threats in Calgary - had failed to register a point in 16 games since Santa Claus shimmied down the chimney. "Look at the way we've been playing," Feaster said. "If we get him going - if he gets hot the way he was, for example, in the beginning of the season - all the better for us." When hot, Bourque gives the Flames a prototypical power forward. He punishes defencemen in the corners. He is virtually impossible to move in front of the net. His speed gives him a jump that most big men don't have. When cold, Bourque plays on the perimeter. He shies away from the front of the net. He passes even in perfect shooting position. "You're starting to see some real good signs just with his energy level, the way he skates and his strength along the boards," said head coach Brent Sutter. "Shooting the puck. Going to the net." On his second strike, Bourque shook off a defender and broke in all alone to score the 100th goal of his NHL career.
Flames' Bourque gets back on target
Calgary Herald | Feb 21