The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Wild
Five key elements from the divisional clash between the Flames & the Wild
21 year-old defenceman TJ Brodie capped off his impressive road trip with his first NHL goal.
He jumped into the play, danced around Wild blueliner Nick Johnson, and went five hole on Niklas Backstrom.
In seven games with the Flames this season, Brodie has three points (one goal, two assists) and a plus-one rating. He has been placed on the third defensive pairing, playing primarily with Derek Smith.
Head coach Brent Sutter drastically altered his forward lines in hopes of generating more offence and completely dismantled the top line.
The defence pairings remained the same with Cory Sarich sitting the press box as the odd man out.
After failing to score in St. Louis, the Flames offence kicked into high gear in St. Paul. Calgary was able to beat Backstrom three times in under 10 minutes and the Wild starting netminder was yanked in favour of Josh Harding.
Both Harding and Kiprusoff were lights out in the second period, not alllowing a single goal after the high-scoring first period.
Each team had a plethora of scoring opportunities, with Calgary throwing 11 shots on Harding and the Wild sending 10 at Kiprusoff, but neither netminder was willing to give an inch. Both were aided by lady luck a few times as well but overall, it was a superb twenty minutes for the goaltenders.
After such a strong second period, Harding essentially handed Tanguay his fourth goal of the year at 1:39 of the final frame.
The netminder skated towards the faceoff circle to play the puck and sent it behind his net along the boards. Tanguay was waiting at the other side and took a shot from the corner hoping Stempniak could grab a rebound. Instead, Harding couldn't get back into position and the puck slid underneath him and made it a 4-2 game.