Inside the Game: Flames vs. Wings

Stats, notes, stars and more from the Flames-Wings game Oct. 31, 2009

Saturday, 31.10.2009 / 4:48 PM / News
By Mike Board  - CF.com Digital Content Director
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Inside the Game: Flames vs. Wings
THE NUMBERS GAME

CALGARY — A look at the numbers from the Calgary Flames-Detroit Red Wings  game at the Pengrowth Saddledome Saturday.

0  - Number of shots for Detroit in the first 10 minutes of play. An oddity to say the least. The Flames had five shots before the Wings fund the net but the visitors ended up outshooting the Flames 10-6 in the first.

2 - Brothers playing against each other. Flames d-man Staffan Kronwall is the younger brother of Detroit blueliner Niklas Kronwall.

3 - Number of shots on goal each for Jay Bouwmeester, Daymond Langkow and Rene Bourque

4 - On the minus side for the Flames top line which generated just two shots on goal in the game. On the positive side it is also the number of hits registered by Jay Bouwmeester, a game high

5 - Number of assists for D Robyn Regher in the last five games -- a career-high points streak.

21 - The number of days the Flames were home during this five-game homestand that wrapped up tonight.

44 - The number being worn by Todd Bertuzzi once again. Now with the Red Wings, Bertuzzi wore No. 7 with the Flames last season.

699 - Number of games in the NHL for Flames defenceman Cory Sarich. He will hit the 700 milestone Wednesday in Dallas when the Flames visit the Stars.

QUOTABLE

"We scored and then we gave up two goals on the two following shifts and you can't do that. You want to keep the pressure and the momentum. I didn't have a very good game. I know I have to be better, forget about this one as quickly as possible and get back to work." -- Jarome Iginla

"I thought we started out well, getting pucks deep. We stopped doing that and got away from our game and you can't do that against a team like that. We caused ourselves problems by turning the puck over." -- Daymond Langkow.

"We need guys bringing their A games...We need more from certain players." -- Flames coach Brent Sutter.

"I don't want to give false hope to players or mislead anyone. But certainly, I'll just say in general that I'm aware of who is playing well on all the teams. We're very aware. We've got people at virtually every game." -- Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman, in the Calgary Herald, when asked if Flames forward Rene Bourque is on the Olympic radar.

NOTEWORTHY

F Dustin Boyd, flat on his back with the flu for five days returned to the line-up. While he was down with the flu his roommate, Eric Nystrom, stayed away and didn't enter the house. He did, however, deliver some soup and Gatorade to his ailing roomie. "I didn't go in that place. The door was closed. I just put it on the front handle of the door, rang the doorbell and then left.," said Nystrom, who moved back into the home on Thursday...The Flames record after 10 games was 7-2-1, tying a franchise record for best start at the mark with the 2001-02 season...The Flames travel to Dallas to take on the Stars on Wednesday and then play in St. Louis on Thursday. They return home for one game, next Satruday against the Rangers, before hitting the road again.

WHY THEY LOST

The Red Wings quickly recovered from a slow start and showed some veteran poise and patience the rest of the way to win 3-1. The Flames started fine, getting pucks deep but suddenly got away from what brought them success. A big letdown after scoring the first goal as the Wings roared back and scored on consecutive shifts.


THE BIG HIT

Jay Bouwmeester takes Tomas Holmstrom hard into the end boards during a Detroit power play.


THE BIG SAVE

In the dying seconds of the first period Mike Eaves feathers a pass to Kris Draper on a two-on-one only to have Miikka Kiprusoff stick out his right leg and reject Draper's one-timer.


THE ROSTER

The Flames, healthy once again, scratched D Adam Pardy, F Brian McGrattan and D Aaron Johnson


THE HUSTLE AWARD

Flames forward Eric Nystrom worked his butt off all game. He blocked shots on the penalty kill and crashed the net and the Detroit defence on the forecheck.