The Calgary Flames ended their 29-game losing streak at Anaheim's Honda Center with a 2-0 victory Monday over the Ducks. While it's easy to give goaltender Mike Smith most of the credit for his 43-save shutout, the Flames are giving thanks to Jobu, a voodoo figurine made famous by the hit 1989 film, "Major League."
In the movie about a misfit Cleveland Indians team, Cuban outfielder Pedro Cerrano seeks Jobu's - a fictional demi-god that's actually a cigar-smoking doll with blonde, spiked hair - assistance to help him hit a curveball. To quote Cerrano: "Straight ball I hit it very much. Curveball, bats are afraid."
Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan even started his postgame press conference by talking about Jobu:
Mikael Backlund, who scored one of Calgary's two goals in the contest, gave "Jobu magic" as the reason the Flames were able to break the Honda Center curse:
Just as in the movie, Jobu is given his own locker, cigar, and rum, though the latter two probably aren't real: