The Carolina Hurricanes came out flying right off the puck drop, but the Flames fought back with smart, fast hockey. The Flames refused to go down easily. Michael Frolik showed off his skills during the penalty kill, while Dougie Hamilton proved his worth as an offensive defenseman with the Flames first goal. Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan were really working well tonight - could that have anything to do with Jiri Hudler being back on their first line again? Carolina came back with a tying goal in the period, but that didn't seem to deter the Flames from playing their game and setting the pace of this game. Another ref got hurt during the first period by Deryk Engelland, which was completely accidental. Onto the middle period with a score of 1-1.
Flames strike again...and again! Dougie had another good chance on net, but waited too long to shoot. Mark Giordano scored on the powerplay and Johnny added another goal. The score was 3-1 Flames. In spite of the crappy penalties being called on the home team, the Flames penalty kill was looking relatively good until T.J. Brodie took a blocked shot to his leg and hobbled to the bench. He tried another shift later in the game but ended up leaving down the tunnel. Lance Bouma had his chance, but he shot it high and over the net. The Flames were up 3-1 heading into the third.
With the Flames still on the penalty kill from the middle frame, Karri Ramo was focused on the puck the entire time and stopped everything the Hurricanes threw at him. Deryk Engelland and Ladislav Smid were a great defensive pair tonight and the best line was easily Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Jiri Hudler, especially after Mony buried one more in the third to earn the Flames a 4-1 win at the Saddledome.
Flame Of The Game
Sean Monahan. With 3 assists and 1 goal, he's earned his milestone 4 point night. He read his linemates perfectly and had arguably the best game of his career tonight.
Special Mention: Michael Frolik.
The Calgary Flames take on the Columbus Blue Jackets at home on Friday night and then travel to Vancouver to take on the Canucks on Saturday.