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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks

Five key points from the Flames-Sharks tilt

Wednesday, 23.03.2011 / 9:46 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Sharks

TAKEAWAY ONE: First NHL game

While he has been recalled once already this season, Greg Nemisz hadn't played his first NHL game until Wednesday night.

The 20 year-old played 6:38 in total, had one hit, one blocked shot and was a -2 on the night.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Barnburner after 20 minutes

The first three games of the season series between the two clubs have been high scoring affairs but the first period of Wednesday's tilt alone matched the goal totals of a few of those tilts.

Six goals were scored between the two teams and it wasn't just the superstars running up the scoresheet. Cory Sarich added his fourth of the year at 13:59 while Andrew Desjardins scored his first NHL goal at 9:27.

Both teams were extremely loose defensively, letting each other swoop in unattended and set up a forecheck. The coaching staff from both sides remedied that in the second and third periods and only three more goals were scored in the final 40 minutes.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Fourth line flare

Nemisz, Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan were thrown together after Niklas Hagman was flown back to Calgary with concussion-like symptoms and the newly formed line flourished in their first game together.

They were particularly strong in the second period where they were able to gain the zone and set up shop in two straight shifts. In one of those instances, both Bouma and Nemisz had excellent scoring opportunities but Antti Niemi thwarted the youngsters from scoring their first NHL goal.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Put it on net and good things happen

It's never a bad idea to throw a shot on net and Rene Bourque proved that with his 26th goal of the season.

Tom Kostopoulos was able to stop the Sharks attempt to ring the puck along boards behind their own net and immediately shoveled it over to Rene Bourque who was hovering behind Niemi. The Lac La Biche native flipped the puck to his backhand and threw it on net with a wraparound shot.

Bourque was simply looking to put it on the Sharks netminder and get a rebound but the puck alluded Niemi and snuck in between his skate and the post. The winger is now a goal shy of hitting his career-high 27 that he scored last season.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Another wild night in the standings

The Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks were all in action on Wednesday and unfortunately for Calgary, all three teams managed to gain at least a point.

The Stars and Ducks match was a three-point game, with Anaheim scoring in the last seven seconds of regulation to send the game to overtime. The Ducks pulled out the OT win in that, giving them 87 points on the season. Dallas trails them with 86.

Chicago won in regulation against the Florida Panthers and now have 88 points.

The Flames sit in 10th with 85 points.