The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Red Wings
Five key elements from the Flames tilt with the Red Wings
The Flames adjusted both their forward group and defence corps before the game, replacing Matt Stajan and Cory Sarich with Brendan Morrison and Derek Smith.
Prior to the game, Lee Stempniak spoke about playing a very disciplined game as the Red Wings power play is potent. Unfortunately, Smith took a cross-checking minor at 5:18 of the opening period and Detroit made them pay for the infraction.
Defenceman Niklas Lidstrom took a hard shot from the point with Tomas Holmstrom standing right in front of Miikka Kiprusoff. The hulking forward was positioned perfectly to stop the shot from Lidstrom but Holmstrom got his stick on the shot, deflecting it past Kiprusoff for his second of the year.
Holmstrom earned his second special teams goal at 2:42 of the third period when he battled his way around Kiprusoff and sent a backhander into the net. Flames defenceman Chris Butler was in the sin bin for hooking.
Pavel Datsyuk also notched a power play marker in the third period.
After falling behind by a goal in the opening stanza, the Flames came out with all kinds of energy in the second. They managed to score on their first two shots and gave themselves their first lead of the contest.
Jarome Iginla got the party started just 44 seconds into the period when his wrister beat Jimmy Howard five hole. Alex Tanguay and Chris Butler earned the helpers on captain's sixth goal of the year.
Just 1:12 later, Morrison made it 2-1 one when he sent a rocket of a shot just over Howard's glove, onto the post and into the back of the net. Tim Jackman had the lone assist on the goal.
Defenceman TJ Brodie hails from Chatham, ON - just over an hour away from Detroit - and had an abundance of friends and family members in the crowd at the Joe Louis Arena. While the blueliner has been impressive since being recalled from the Abbotsford Heat, he had his best game to date on Wednesday night.
He earned his second career assist with an excellent pass to Olli Jokinen on the power play, one shot on net, one hit, one blocked shot and one takeaway in 16:36 of ice time.
Kiprusoff seems to produce highlight reel goal after highlight reel goal this season and the game in Motor City was no exception. In the second period, he was able make a miraculous save on Darren Helm that showcased his extraordinary flexibility.
He was able to extend his leg far enough - despite being out of position when Helm received the puck at the side of the net - and thwarted the pivot from what looked like a sure-fire goal.