The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Canucks
Five key elements from the divisional clash between the Flames & Canucks
Henrik Karlsson got the call in Vancouver, giving workhorse goaltender Miikka Kipruoff a rare night off, but midway through the third period, the 28 year-old was knocked out of action after a collision in the crease.
The goalie had his right leg extended to make a save when he was hit. He was slow to get to his feet and knew almost immediately that he would be unable to continue. Kiprusoff came in to relieve his caddy, making four saves in his 13:21 of ice time.
The Flames ran into penalty trouble early in the game, handing the Canucks a 1:17 two-man advantage. Curtis Glencross heaved the puck over the glass at 9:20, taking the Flames second delay-of-game minor in as many nights. Then, Blake Comeau got a little too aggressive with Ryan Kesler after the Canuck knocked him down along the boards.
The ensuing 5-on-3 was handled perfectly by the Flames as they were hard on the puck and didn't allow Vancouver the time or space to get fully set up. When the Canucks were able to land a shot, Karlsson came up strong and kept them at bay.
After dancing around several Canucks in the offensive zone, Alex Tanguay created a scramble in front of the net as he and Roman Horak looked to get a clean shot on Roberto Luongo. Tanguay got a handle on the puck behind the net and opted to throw it towards the crease, likely hoping Horak or Rene Bourque would be able to shovel it past Luongo, but somehow, the puck made it through the netminder's pads and opened the scoring for the visitors.
After scoring twice with the man advantage in Edmonton, the Flames power play flat-lined in Vancouver. They went 0-for-5 on the power play, stifled by the Canucks penalty killing tactics and an inabiity to create quality scoring opportunities.
The Flames came into the third frame down by a single goal but the Canucks were able to ratchet up the score by three goals. David Booth, Jannik Hansen and Daniel Sedin beat Karlsson before the seven minute mark, halting any notion of a Flames comeback.