The newly branded Scotiabank Saddledome was rocking as the Calgary Flames won their home opener 3-1 over the Los Angeles Kings. The biggest thing for the Flames was they played with a much greater intensity and sense of urgency in front of the sold out home crowd.
The first period did not have too much in the way of scoring chances for either side but was played at a solid pace. Both Miikka Kiprusoff and Johnathon Bernier stopped everything they saw and kept the game scoreless after one. The Flames got a couple more injury scares as Adam Pardy injured his shoulder and Rene Bourque looked like he received a concussion. Neither returned to the game and as of right now there are no further updates on their status.
Calgary took the lead in the second frame when Curtis Glencross out raced the Los Angeles defense to a loose puck that Brett Sutter had chipped down the ice killing a penalty. Glencross picked up the puck tight to the side of the net and with a slick little move to the backhand slid it past Bernier to make the score 1-0.
Into the third period Calgary got a boost when Craig Conroy wristed what looked to be a harmless shot that beat Bernier top corner on the blocker side to extend the lead to 2-0. Conroy had a fantastic quote after the game “It’s nice to get one early and now I have more goals than Jarome!” After that the Flames continued to press and had chances to extend the lead further but Jonathan Bernier held his team in the game, and was rewarded when Dustin Brown tipped in Anze Kopitar’s shot with six minutes left past Miikka Kiprusoff to draw the Kings within one. The best thing the Flames did after that was not to lay back and continued to pressure the Kings on the forecheck. They were rewarded when Tim Jackman drew a high sticking penalty against the Kings with two minutes left to play. Nik Hagman scored into the empty net and ended the game with a 3-1 victory.
This was a far better effort from the Calgary Flames than they had put up the other night against the Oilers. Miikka Kiprusoff had a solid start for the Flames. On defense everyone played well though Jay Bouwmeester should have had Brown’s stick tied up on the Kings goal, however it was a very solid effort but the whole core. All the forwards had a solid game. Glencross and Jackman really played well last night, as did the top line of Tanguay – Jokinen – Iginla. The only disappointment for them was being unable to finish as they generated numerous quality chances against the Kings.
The Calgary Flames now have a few days off to hopefully get some bodies back from the infirmary before they take on the Florida Panthers Thursday night.
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!