The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Senators
Five key elements from the Flames clash with the Sens
Mikael Backlund in his third game of the season and his 100th NHL game. The 22 year-old was Calgary's first-round pick in 2007. He went 24th overall in the draft. In 100 games with the team, he has 11 goals and 35 points.
Backlund has ascended the depth chart in short order over the past year, moving from playing on the fourth line last year to centering Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay this season.
On Tuesday, he two shots on net in 16:03 of ice time.
It was fitting Byron played his first game in Calgary against the Senators as he has several connections to the nation's capital. He was born in Ottawa and scored his first NHL goal against the Sens on Jan. 25, 2011 when he was a member of the Buffalo Sabres.
The 22 year-old was able to generate several scoring chances in the Senators zone but ended the night with no shots on net. He played 9:02, won the single faceoff he took and threw one hit.
After taking some heat from CBC analyst Kelly Hrudey on Saturday night, Rene Bourque came out with one of his strongest games this season.
He looked absolutely possessed at times, hammering through the zone looking to take as many shots on net as he possibly could. He was tenacious on the puck, battled hard along the boards and was quite visible on the backcheck.
Bourque attempted nine shots, landing six, in 21:35 of ice time. He had one hit, one takeaway and one blocked shot in that time.
Early in the middle frame, Senators Jesse Winchester and Erik Condra were dealt minor penalties within 56 seconds of one another. Ottawa's penalty killing hasn't been their strong suit this season, sitting 22nd overall in the NHL coming into the game, so a 1:04 5-on-3 was a golden opportunity to score the opening goal.
It didn't work out the way the Flames would have liked it.
Their passing routine was once again on display and they weren't able to get the puck on net enough to garner quality second or third chances off of rebounds and bounces.
Bobby Butler beat Miikka Kiprusoff twice in the final period, scoring his first two goals of the season. On his first tally, he slipped past a check from Jay Bouwmeester and sent a rocket of a wrister into the net from the hashmarks.
His second goal of the night came from the same patch of ice. He sent another wrist shot at Kiprusoff and the Finn wasn't able to get a glove on the snipe.