The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Predators
Five key elements from the Flames battle with the Preds
Mark Giordano has blocked hundreds of shots throughout his career but his attempt in the first period ended very badly. He stepped in front of the shot and immediately fell to the ice. While he tried to make it back to the bench, he was barely able to make it to his feet and fell back to the ice after a few strides. The lower body injury took him out of the game.
Shortly after, Chris Butler was struck in the face with a puck. He immediately went to the locker room for repairs and returned in the second stanza.
Derek Smith became the third member of the Flames to score their first NHL goal when he opened the scoring at 18:50 of the first period.
Smith's defence partner TJ Brodie saw him leap into the rush and was able to hit him with a great pass. Smith tapped the puck past Pekka Rinne, who wasn't able to get across the crease in time.
The Flames were handed their first power of the game at 9:10 of the middle frame when Martin Erat was called for boarding.
While their power play looked much more fluid than it has over the past month, they were unable to produce any offence with the man advantage thanks to Rinne's heroics in net.
In his home debut, winger Blake Comeau sent six hits at the Predators and led all players in that category. He was relentless physically all night, hassling players along the boards and made every Predator keep their head on the swivel when he was on the ice.
He absolutely leveled Jack Hillen in the corner in the third period with a hit that will be all over the highlight reels.
Miikka Kiprusoff recorded his first shutout of the season, making 26 saves in the 1-0 victory.
Kiprusoff now has 41 shutouts to his name in his career with 38 of those coming in Flames silks.