By Torie Peterson
- CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
After facing major power play issues last season, many wondered if the Flames could click with the man advantage this campaign. Alex Tanguay answered that question in the first period when he was able to tap home the Flames lone marker. His first of the preseason proved to be the game winner and showcased the Flames new power play mentality.
Miikka Kiprusoff came up big for his club in the dying minutes of the final stanza. The Oilers came on strong, pressing hard for the equalizer, and the Flames were unable to clear the zone. With big Dustin Penner parked on the doorstep and sniper Jordan Eberle waiting on the wings, the Oilers crashed and banged around the net. Kiprusoff sprawled all over the ice and robbed Edmonton on several great scoring chances.
If his performance in the Flames last preseason tilt is any indication, Kiprusoff is going to have yet another stelar season for the Flames. The Finnish netminder was outstanding all evening and made several clutch saves to end the middle frame when the Oilers had several power plays. He finished the game with some eye-popping saves that held the Oilers off the scoresheet and earned himself a shutout to close out exhibition.
Tanguay is known for responsible play in his own end but the forward was handed a duty he's never been given in his professional career: one shift on the blueline. With Adam Pardy out of the game with an undisclosed injury and Jay Bouwmeester in the box, Tanguay spent one shift as a defenseman.
"Our D's were pretty tired and he (Brent Sutter) just came to me and he's like 'I need a shift on defense,' and I took a second look. It wasn't by design." - Tanguay on his one shift on the blueline.
"It feels good. It's been a good preseason. We've adjusted things, we've worked on things and we're going to continue to do that. There were a lot of real positives out of this training camp." - Jarome Iginla on the 7-0-0 exhibition
Thursday, Oct. 7th vs Edmonton 8:00 PM MST (CBC, FAN 960)
The Calgary Flames open the 2010-11 regular season in Edmonton on Thursday, Oct. 7. The puck drops at 8:00 PM MST on CBC & The FAN 960.
Seconds played by Adam Pardy before leaving the game with an undisclosed injury.