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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Rangers

Five key elements from Flames-Rangers tilt

Thursday, 20.10.2011 / 9:28 PM / News
By Jason Johnson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@jay__jo)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Rangers



TAKEAWAY ONE: IGGY BREAKS OUT

Jarome Iginla has been criticized in years past for starting slow. This campaign did not look to be much different as Iginla, who sat out the pre-season, registered only one goal in the first five contests.

He came out hard in the first few shifts and generated several good scoring chances. Flames bench boss Brent Sutter rewarded him with some additional ice time double-shifting on a line with Matt Stajan and Tom Kostopoulos.

Iginla opened the scoring for the Flames converting a seeing-eye pass from Alex Tanguay shortly after the Rangers took an early 1-0 lead on the powerplay. Later in the period Iginla fed Mark Giordano on the powerplay to earn an assist.

Iginla earned a first star honour for his effort.

TAKEAWAY TWO: GIO CONVERTS

Rugged defenceman Mark Giordano has had a solid start to his season but not nessesarily on the scoreboard. Giordano often gets it done in his own end and contributes some all-important "sandpaper" on most nights.

Tonight he provided some offence with a beautiful one-timer wrist shot from the top of the circle on a feed from Jarome Iginla that beat Henrik Lundqvist low on the blocker side.

Not only did he register his first goal of the season but he tied the game and gave the Flames a much needed powerplay goal. The Flames have taken some heat of late for not converting on the man advantage.

He finished with a goal, three hits, a blocked shot and logged 24:32 in ice time.

TAKEAWAY THREE: TOP LINE PRODUCES

The Flames top unit consisting of Alex Tanguay, David Moss and Jarome Iginla have had a stagnant start to the season. In four tilts the trio has combined for eight points.

On this night however, they came out flying, generating three quality scoring chances in their first shift of the game. They would continue to terrorize the Rangers defence moving the puck around the offensive zone for what seemed like minutes at a time.

On a broken play in the first period, Alex Tangay gobbled up a loose puck and fed Iginla who buried his first of the season.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: SECOND PERIOD SLUMP SNUFFED

The second period has proven to be troublesome for the Flames this season.

The Flames have found themselves in a good position on most nights until the second frame gets underway. Many times they have lost any momentum they have mustered forcing them to play catch up in the final period.

After surrendering the lead twice in the first and fighting back to tie the game both times, they out-played the Rangers for the majority of the second. The Flames controlled  the play and forced the Blue Shirts' forwards to the walls on the rare occasion they made it into the Flames zone.

Although the home team out-shot the Rangers by a mere two shots in the second, they generated many scoring chances and were solid in their own end.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: HENRIK VS. HENRIK

The cage match featured a couple of Swedish goaltenders. Rangers backstop Henrik Lundqvist, the veteran of the pair, was coming off a 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks where he turned aside 40 shots. Lundqvist would pick up right where he left off making 33 saves, many of the spectacular variety.

Flames goalie Henrik Karlsson made his second start of the season after giving up 5 goals agains the St. Louis Blues on the Flames recent road swing. Karlsson did what he had to do and although he didn't seem to be overly busy, he did make some key saves to keep the Flames in the game.

Shortly before he gave up the game-winning goal in overtime, Karlsson made two show-stopping saves and deserved a better fate.

Author: Jason Johnson, calgaryflames.com