The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Blackhawks
Five key elements from the Flames clash with the Blackhawks
Winger Lee Stempniak has scored some pretty goals throughout his career but his tally at 5:41 of the first period has to rank as one of his best.
Alex Tanguay was able to throw the puck to Stempniak from just inside the Flames zone and the winger nabbed it in the neutral zone. He dashed through and when he entered the Blackhawks zone, he was faced with the task of getting by Duncan Keith. He didn't miss a stride, deking around the defenceman, and then roofed a wrister past Corey Crawford.
The Flames kicked off the second period with a bang. Rene Bourque and Paul Byron scored within 17 seconds of each other in the opening minute, giving the Flames a 3-1 lead.
Rene Bourque notched his sixth goal of the year when his wrist shot from the hash marks was bobbled by Crawford. The netminder got a piece of the shot but it bounced over the mesh and into the back of the net.
The Flames were able to get into the Hawks zone off the resulting faceoff and Roman Horak went scurrying into the corner to try and retrieve the puck. He pushed it out into the slot where Byron backhanded it past Crawford.
One of the Flames in-game features is the Shaganappi GM Chevy Cruze Countdown where a lucky fan can win a car if the Flames score in an alloted amount of time. Midway through the second period, the promotion was run and with just 20 seconds remaining in the given time, Glencross deflected a pass from Jay Bouwmeester to make the score 4-2 in the Flames favour.
Meghan Cobb won a brand new Chevy Cruze thanks to Glencross' sixth of the season and met the winger after the game.
Miikka Kiprusoff has had a tremendous 2011-12 season and he yet again gave his club an unbelievable performance.
His positioning was perfect and he was able read developing plays with clarity. Kiprusoff's rebound control was also superb, nabbing loose pucks before the Hawks could get a stick on them.
Overall, he made 30 saves on Friday night and pushed his GAA to 2.34 and his save percentage to .923. He sports a 8-7-0 record in 15 appearances this season.
Playing alongside rookie TJ Brodie, Sarich had a strong game against the Blackhawks. He picked up a plus-two rating in his 13:32 of ice time and was able to get one shot on net. In 13 games played his season, Sarich has no points, a plus-one rating and 23 penalty minutes to his name.