The Game Rush: Flames vs. Sabres
An in-depth look at the Flames-Sabres tilt
CALGARY, AB -- For a team that the Flames only see once a year, the two teams looked to be very familiar with each other by the middle of the third period.
Drew Stafford opened the scoring for the Sabres at 8:11 of the opening period which was the only goal of period one.The Flames answered back early in the second period as Olli Jokinen tapped in a juicy rebound off of a Robyn Regehr shot from the top of the circle. Alex Tanguay got to the rebound first and got it over to Jokinen who beat Ryan Miller short side. Later in the second period, it was Jarome Iginla's time to shine as he raced in with Alex Tanguay, beat his man and accepted a nice feed from Tanguay all alone in front. Iginla released a quick shot beating Miller short side again.
The Flames scoring didn't stop there. Ales Kotalik started it off in the 3rd period scoring just 2:20 in. He made the goal look easy as he threw a heavy snap shot on net that flew past a stunned Miller glove side. 3-1 Flames with plenty of hockey left.
4:28 minutes later, David Moss scooped up a nice rebound of his own that he converted into a goal. Tim Jackman barged into the Sabres zone and let one go that Miller turned aside, only for Moss to pick up easily and make it 4-1.
Patrick Kaleta added another tally to the Sabres side at 16:55 giving the Sabres some hope to claw back.
The Flames shut down their comeback idea down as the "grind line" stepped out for the last shift of the game to push for one more. With two Sabres in the box the Flames were out for blood with two extra men.
The Flames walked away with the 5-2 victory over the Sabres Monday night.
Author: Kristi Hennessy