Brent Sutter and Cory Clouston both from the little farming community of Viking Alberta, led their teams into battle last night at the Saddledome as the Flames took on the Senators. Jason Spezza fired the first salvo of the evening taking out a pane of glass in the warm up delaying the start of the game about 45 minutes and embarrassing the Saddledome ice crew that did not have a replacement pane, and had to cut a new one!
The delay really took the steam out of the crowd and the game never got to a pace you would hope for between these two squads as both teams essentially played a road game, and were not going to allow much in the way of chances. In the first the only scoring was when Sens goaltender Brian Elliott made a poor decision setting up the puck on a Flames dump in not realizing that Curtis Glencross was going to be the first player on the puck. Curtis snapped it up and quickly threw it in front to a waiting Jamal Mayers scoring his first goal as a Calgary Flame, and making the score 1-0. Shots were 4-4 after the first and the period was as dull as the shots would suggest.
Into the second and more of the same, both Elliott and Kiprusoff were good when they needed to be but again both teams played in a shell though Ottawa I thought took the play to the Flames a bit more. Still 1-0 after two periods.
In the third period Calgary stayed in their shell and the Senators really started to push and had a couple great chances that the Flames and Kiprusoff were able to turn aside. Finally midway through the third period Ian White threw a great pass across the rink to a waiting Chris Higgins (he’s on fire!) who snapped one top corner that Elliott had no chance on and the score was 2-0. The Senators would continue to push but could not fight their way through the Flames defense or Kiprusoff and the game ended 2-0.
Huge two points for the Flames as everyone they were fighting with for positioning won with the exception of the Predators who are now tied with Calgary but hold the tie breaker so the standings do not change. This was a tough game to watch. The delay at the start of the game did not help and it was a tight checking game between two teams that can play good defense.
My three stars.
1 – Miikka Kiprusoff – Out dueled Brian Elliott and was the difference in the game for the Flames.
2 – Christopher Higgins – Not only scored but is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Played a good hard game last night.
3 – Mark Giordano and Chris Neil – Again my blog I can cheat! – These two went at it all night with good clean physical hockey!
Next up for the Flames they travel to Vancouver Sunday to face the Canucks. I’m not messing with any streaks so I must say this is a MUST WIN for the Flames, especially with Detroit coming in to play on Monday.
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!