The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Kings

Five key elements from the Flames-Kings game

Monday, 21.03.2011 / 10:27 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Kings
TAKEAWAY ONE: Rebounding nicely

After allowing three goals on five shots on Sunday night in Anaheim, Miikka Kiprusoff was given the start in Los Angeles and showed no signs that he was chased in under 6:00 of play against the Ducks.

The Finnish netminder was absolutely brilliant all night and could not be faulted for any of the pucks that went past him. Most of the Kings 27 shots were quality scoring chances and while his team did their best to collapse in front of him, Kiprusoff was still forced to bail out the team on several occasions.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Hagman hurt

The Flames have a depleted forward lineup thanks to the injuries sustained by David Moss, Freddy Modin and Brendan Morrison and Monday's tilt may have had added another name to that list.

Niklas Hagman played just 3:18 in the first period before being pulled from the action in the second and third periods. He was driven hard into the end boards late in the first stanza after a physical battle with Matt Greene.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Escaping unscathed

Head coach Brent Sutter has talked about team discipline at great lengths lately but his club got a little too caught up in their emotions at certain points in the game.

Hits made in retaliation for plays the Flames thought were questionable often ended up with Calgary players sitting in the sin bin. Thankfully, they were able to kill off all of the infractions they took for these bouts of undisciplined play.

One example of this came late in the second period when Kings captain Dustin Brown ran over Cory Sarich behind the Flames net. Sarich got up quickly and immediately cross-checked Brown for what the blueliner thought was a late hit on Brown's part.

Sarich was forced to sit for two minutes and the Kings went to work with the man advantage. The home town put on a clinic on the power play but the Flames were came out unharmed.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Olli Olli Olli!

After Jarret Stoll managed to open the scoring with just 5:52 left in regulation, it can be assumed many thought the Flames didn't have a chance to come back. That wasn't the case thanks to Olli Jokinen.

The Flames have been sticking with a one man high, two men back system when it comes to their backchecking and that paid off mightly. With Jokinen floating neutral zone, he was able to take a great stretch pass from Steve Staios and go cruising into the Kings end at top speed.

Flipping the puck to his backhand as he approached the net, Jokinen forced Jonathan Quick to move to the side of the net as he swerved. As soon as the Kings netminder started to shift, the pivot threw the puck five hole to even the game up at 15:13.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Still sitting outside despite gaining a point

The Flames have clogged up the Western Conference playoff picture to an even greater extent but couldn't climb back into the top eight with their shootout loss.

Calgary now has 85 points on the season and has eight games remaining. It's believed a team needs to reach the 96 point mark to make the postseason and if that rings true this year, the Flames will need to go 6-2-0 to do just that.