Calgary Flames 5 - Detroit Red Wings 1
1st: 11:01- Mangiapane (2) (Giordano)
2nd: PPG 9:45- Lindholm (5) (Tkachuk/Monahan)
3rd: 3:29- Bennett (1) (Lucic), 4:57- Ryan (1) (Unassisted), PPG 8:47- Giordano (2) (Monahan/Ryan)
2nd: 10:13- Helm (3) (Mantha/Cholowski)
The Flames finished up a mini home stand Thursday night with a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, securing their first two game winning streak of the season. For the second straight game the Flames put together a full 60 minutes and looked very good in doing so. Calgary out shot the Red Wings 36-28. Calgary scored twice on the PP. They only took two penalties and they won 56% of their face-offs. All in all, this was a complete performance for the Flames.
Calgary would strike first in this contest at the 11 minute mark thanks to Andrew Mangiapane’s second goal of the season and it marks back to back games where the young Flames sniper has found the back of the net. The Flames would take a 2-0 lead halfway through the second period when Elias Lindholm would bat a puck passed Jimmy Howard on a tough pass from Matthew Tkachuk and Calgary had a 2-0 lead. Detroit pushed back a bit and ended up closing the gap to one. Eighteen seconds after the Flames scored Darren Helm would get the Wings on the board with his third of the season and just like that we had a game. Helm would play a factor later in this game, which we will get to momentarily.
The Flames came out of the second intermission like their hair was on fire and put this game away. The Flames would put 19 shots on goal in the final 20 and find the back of the net three times. Sam Bennett, Derek Ryan and Mark Giordano (PPG) would all score for the Flames and what looked like a close contest turned into a blowout win for the good guys.
Speaking of good guys, the Flames would lose two players during this contest. Andrew Mangiapane would leave with an injury and not return, the same for Elias Lindholm. Lindholm’s however was of a different variety. After some shenanigans on a face-off in the Flames end Elias Lindholm and Darren Helm would get into it. A high camera angle showed Lindholm appear to elbow Darren Helm with a pretty nasty elbow. In return Helm would find Lindholm with his back to the play and absolutely chop Elias’ leg with a nasty slash. Lindholm would leave the game and not return while Helm would get the gate for his troubles. Not pretty on any level.
Outside of that nonsense it was a fairly well played game and once again David Rittich was rock solid. The Flames keeper stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced and thanks to a solid Flames PK he only face one shot while the Flames were shorthanded.
Flame Of The Game
Milan Lucic (F): LOOOOOOOOCH had his first really solid game in a Flames uniform. He got extended minutes due to Lindholm and Mangiapane’s injuries and he made the most of it. He collected an assist on Sam Bennett’s goal, he had three SOG (almost scored his first goal) and he led Calgary with five hits.
10/19: Calgary Flames @ LA Kings, 8 PM MT