Inside The Game: Flames vs. Panthers

Saturday, 23.11.2013 / 12:46 AM
Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

GAME IN A MINUTE

CALGARY, AB -- Sean Monahan found a way to warm up a chilly Scotiabank Saddledome.

Monahan scored in the sixth round of the shootout -- his second in three games -- while Reto Berra stopped Jimmy Hayes to lift the Flames to a 4-3 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday.

The win gives Calgary their first win on home ice since October 26th, halting a six-game skid on home ice.

After Monahan’s wrister beat Panthers’ goalie Tim Thomas, Berra slammed the door with a pad save on Hayes, giving the Flames five of a possible six points over the past three games. Monahan also had the shootout clincher in a 5-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Florida forced the shootout after coming back from a two-goal deficit in the third period.

Trailing 3-1, Berra raced out of his crease to play a loose puck but ended up throwing it onto the stick of Hayes, who calmly fired it into a virtually empty net to bring the Panthers to within one at 7:02.

Marcel Goc tied the game at 14:01, forcing overtime before Monahan’s shootout winner.

Holding the Flames to just three shots in the first period, the Panthers jumped on the board.

After Nick Bjugstad won a draw back to the point, Tom Gilbert hammered a shot that dipped between Berra’s legs to put the Panthers up 1-0 at 15:14.

Joe Colborne, with his third of the season and second in as many games, tied the game nine minutes into the second period before Sven Baertschi buried a TJ Brodie rebound behind Thomas on the power play to give the Flames a 2-1 lead at 12:04.

In his first game since being recalled from the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, Blair Jones extended Calgary’s lead to two, taking a Lance Bouma feed from behind the net and blowing it by Thomas just 5:40 into the third.

But the Panthers, wrapping up a five-game road trip through the Western Conference in Calgary, wouldn’t leave without a point. Hayes and Goc both connected to force overtime and eventually earn a point in the shootout loss.

GOAL OF THE GAME

Up 2-1 in the third period, Bouma found Jones alone in the slot for a virtual empty-netter at 5:40.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Berra came up with a pair of consecutive saves late in the first with the Panthers up 1-0, first denying Bjugstad and following up with Jonathan Huberdeau on the rebound.

TURNING POINT

Berra’s pad save of Hayes in the bottom half of the sixth round allowed Monahan’s marker to stand up as the shootout winner.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“He’s Monahan coming down (in shootout order). In Winnipeg he went 8th, today he went 6th so he will keep going down. He is a goal scorer and he has a great vision and great poise and you cant teach poise.”

-Bob Hartley on Monahan

STAT OF THE GAME

The Flames blocked 26 shots in front of Berra, while only seeing 10 of their own directed towards Thomas blocked.

LINEUP NOTES

TJ Galiardi and Derek Smith were scratched against the Panthers. Mark Giordano (broken ankle) and Curtis Glencross (MCL sprain) also missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames wrap up a three-game stand at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday (8 p.m. MT, SNET-W).

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