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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Preds

Five key elements from Flames-Predators tilt

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 1:20 PM MT / News
By Jason Johnson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@jay__jo)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Preds



TAKEAWAY ONE: BUTLER EMERGES

Chris Butler joined the Flames this season in a controversial trade that sent Robyn Regehr to Buffalo.

It has taken him a few games to get settled but it looks like he may have found his groove. Playing alongside veteran Jay Bouwmeester, Butler is logging some big minutes every game. The 24-year-old has excellent mobility and makes solid decisions in his own end.

It was tough to see an end to the Regehr era but it looks like Butler may provide some of the elements that were lost, along with a bright future.

TAKEAWAY TWO: EARLY GAME, SLOW START

The Flames and Predators got underway at 2:00 pm, marking a rare occurence for the Flames.

It's a routine the players and coaches are not very familiar with. Typically a pre-game skate and nap is the norm.

This was apparent in the first period for both teams as the pace seemed slow and lacked urgency.

Things would pick up in the final two frames but the Flames will be happy to get back to playing in the evening on Wednesday when they face-off against the Avalanche at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

TAKEAWAY THREE: THE GOAL THAT WASN'T

At the 6:20 mark of the second period, a goal-mouth scramble resulted in winger Tim Jackman jamming at a loose puck and seeing it cross the goal line. Jackman threw his arms in the air to celebrate his first marker of the season.

Referee Don VanMassenhoven, standing directly beside the net,  waved the goal off immediately. After reviewing the goal, the call stood as a disallowed goal citing Tom Kostopoulos had interfered with goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The goal would have tied the game 1-1 with the Flames carrying most of the momentum.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: RATTLED BY RINNE

The Flames spent a good amount of time in the Preds end generating some decent scoring chances. Unfortunately for the Flames, Preds backstop Pekka Rinne was on his game making some key stops, especially on the powerplay.

Rinne, who has solidified himself as a top goalie in the National Hockey League, made 33 saves and earned his first shoutout of the season along with first star honours.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: SAVE OF THE GAME

Midway through the third period the puck slipped to the outside of the net where Jarome Iginla slid it through Pekka Rinne's pads to Olli Jokinen who was left staring at a yawning cage. He wasted no time and snapped the puck towards the empty net. Preds defenceman Jonathon Blum dove across the crease and reached out with his stick just in time to deflect the puck wide.

This was a sure goal that would have tied the game and likely sent it into overtime.

Author: Jason Johnson, calgaryflames.com