The Calgary Flames started a 4-game home stand with a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Karri Ramo led the way in net while Mason Raymond replaced Jiri Hudler after it was announced that Hudler had sustained a lower-body injury. The starting lineup included Dennis Wideman and Ladislav Smid on defense and Josh Jooris, Matt Stajan, and Lance Bouma on the front line.
The Flames came on strong with instant pressure on the Lightning's net, Jooris leading the way as Stajan followed not far behind. It paid off quickly with a rush by Mark Giordano and T.J. Brodie that led to a goal by Stajan. Sean Monahan played a more physical game, which was nice to see and Sam Bennett kept up his end of the grit while Raymond played like a man possessed even after taking a puck to the face. The Flames were up 1-0 after the first period.
The Flames aggressive play in the beginning of the second period was something to write home about. But Tampa Bay pressured the home team in return, making for an interesting start to the middle frame. T.J. Brodie proved why he's such an asset to Flames, playing winger on a few plays and doing a great job of it. Ramo made important saves at key moments to keep the Flames ahead. With another goal by David Jones, the Flames were up by a pair heading into the last 20 minutes.
The third period opened with the first penalty of the game, handed to Tampa Bay. The Flames power play looked much better than usual with good chances on net and most of the time spent in the Lightning's zone, but Tampa Bay's defensive pairings were solid and wouldn't allow the Flames to add to their tally. The Lightning fought back hard and Stamkos notched a goal for the visitors, but Ramo stoned every other chance on the home net. With an empty-net goal by Lance Bouma, the Flames won by a score of 3-1.
Flame Of The Game
T.J. Brodie. Not only was his defensive play impressive as always, but his offence was stunning. He was the talk of social media with his offensive prowess as well as earning an assist and over 26 minutes of ice time.