Inside The Game: Flames vs. Flyers

Saturday, 08.02.2014 / 2:43 PM
Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

GAME IN A MINUTE

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames received no love in Philadelphia.

Ray Emery made 32 saves while Claude Giroux’s third period marker held up as the winner as the Philadelphia Flyers downed the Flames 2-1 at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday afternoon.

The loss wraps up Calgary’s pre-Olympic schedule. Reto Berra (Switzerland) and Ladislav Smid (Czech Republic) will represent their respective countries at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, while the rest of the Flames will not play again until Feb. 27 when they host the Los Angeles Kings at Scotiabank Saddledome.

After a scoreless first period, Brayden Schenn was the first to find the back of the net near the midway mark of the game.

Taking a pass from Wayne Simmonds, Schenn’s quick release from the high slot went over the shoulder of Berra and tucked just under the bar for his 15th of the year to put Philadelphia up 1-0 at 8:04 of the second.

Mikael Backlund tried to pull the Flames even late in the second period, stepping around Luke Schenn with an inside-out deke before firing a shot that Ray Emery flashed a pad on to deny before the rebound was swept out of harm’s way.

Philadelphia extended its lead to two early in the third.

Giroux picked up a loose puck near the top of the faceoff circle to Berra’s left and chopped a shot that beat the Flames goaltender through traffic for his 20th of the year for the eventual winner 4:04 into the final frame.

Matt Stajan pulled Calgary within one late. After taking a feed from TJ Galiardi, Stajan had his initial shot blocked before gathering the rebound and firing it by Emery to cut Philadelphia’s lead to one.

It’s as close as Calgary would come against the Flyers.

Both goaltenders were active, but flawless, through the first half of the game.

Just over three minutes into the contest, Berra was tested for the first time after Simmonds forced him to go post-to-post to deny the wraparound attempt of the Flyers forward.

The Flames had their best opportunity of the opening frame courtesy Backlund, who entered the game with five multi-point games in his previous six contests. His offering from the slot was met with Emery’s blocker, which helped turn the play up ice and send Simmonds and Schenn on a 2-on-1.

Schenn elected to keep and fire on Berra, who denied the 22-year-old for one of his 21 saves in Philadelphia.

GOAL OF THE GAME

After taking a pass from Galiardi, Stajan had his first shot blocked but wasn’t denied on his second opportunity, beating Emery for his 10th of the year at 17:34 of the third period.

SAVE OF THE GAME

Just 3:37 into the game, Berra went post-to-post to deny Simmonds wraparound attempt with his right pad to help keep the game scoreless.

TURNING POINT

Giroux’s goal early in the third period made the game a two-goal deficit that the Flames couldn’t overcome in the final 16 minutes of regulation.

STAT OF THE GAME

In his last 11 games versus the Flames, Emery has recorded eight wins.

LINEUP NOTES

Paul Byron and Christopher Breen were scratched Saturday against Philadelphia. Karri Ramo (MCL) and Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain) missed the game due to injury.

COMING UP

The Flames break for the next three weeks due to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Calgary returns to action on Feb. 27 at Scotiabank Saddledome against the Los Angeles Kings (7:30 p.m. MST, TSN).

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