The Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks squared off in their fourth tilt of the season with the Flames having won two of the first three meetings. Vancouver spoiled Calgary's home opener earlier in the season, beating the Flames 5-1. The Flames top trio entered tonight's game with 11 points combined in three games against the Canucks this season. The Flames entered the game with Ladislav Smid on IR and to replace him, Tyler Wotherspoon made his season debut.
The game started well tonight with Joe Colborne roofing a shot from the slot over Jacob Markstrom's shoulder at the 1:41 mark of the period. Colborne's 9th goal of the season gave the Flames the early lead at 1-0. Halfway through the period the Canucks would tie the game only Adam Cracknell's 4th goal of the year, squeaking a wrister under Hiller's arm. Jake Virtanen would give the Canucks the lead 5 minutes later, a lead they took into the first intermission. The 1st period ends with the Canucks ahead 2-1, and the shots were 12-7 Vancouver.
The Flames would tie the game early in the 2nd period with Mikael Backlund continuing his hot streak burying a puck in a net-front scramble. Backlund has scored 4 goals in 6 games. The Flames would take a 3-2 lead three minutes later when Michael Frolik had a weak backhand shot squeak through Markstrom's legs. Mark Giordano would extend the lead to 4-2 with a goal with 25 seconds to go in the period, wiring a one timer that deflected off a Canuck into the net. The period ends with the Flames up 4-2 on the scoreboard, while also outshooting the Canucks 14-8, and a slim 21-20 lead overall.
Josh Jooris would score his 4th goal of the season shortly into the third to give the Flames a 5-2 lead with a one time on a beautiful setup from Lance Bouma. Jakub Nakaladal registered his first career NHL point with a secondary assist on the goal. The third period would continue fairly uneventfully with Jonas Hiller making two strong saves on Sven Baertshci and Daniel Sedin respectively. The game ends with a final score of 5-2 and the Flames end up outshooting Vancouver 28-26.
Highlights of the Game
- Bob Hartley's newly formed second line of Colborne-Backlund-Frolik dazzled with each player scoring a goal and notching an assist
- TJ Brodie finished the game with 3 assists
- Tyler Wotherspoon finished the game with 15:52 TOI and was a +2
- Paired with Wotherspoon was Jakub Nakladal who played 15:46 while also registering his first NHL point
- The Flames didn't give up a goal on the PK tonight
- Sam Bennett centered the third line finishing with a 64% in the faceoff dots
Flames WIN 5-2! The next game is on Sunday at 5pm MST in Anaheim. See you all then!