The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Predators
Five key elements from the Flames clash with the Predators
Defenceman Brett Carson suited up for his first first game of the year on Tuesday night. He suffered a back injury in the off-season and had to endure a lengthy recovery process.
In his debut, Carson had 12:18 of ice time, had one shot on net and blocked one shot.
Tuesday's game marked Carson's seventh game with the Flames. He was claimed off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 28th and went on to play six games with the team before the season concluded, picking up a plus-two rating. The Regina, SK native signed on for two more years in Calgary on June 9th.
The Flames didn't open the game in the fashion they would have liked. They didn't record a shot until the 6:28 mark when Jarome Iginla smacked one at Pekka Rinne, allowed the game's opening goal, and were outshot by a 18-6 margin in first period.
The Flames could have easily been down by three after the first period came to a close but two absolutely amazing stops by Miikka Kiprusoff kept his team in the game.
In both saves, he somehow managed to extend his right leg just far enough to deny both David Legwand and Martin Erat from whacking the puck into the cage.
Overall, Kiprusoff made 43 saves in the loss and gave one of his best performances of the season.
The Flames tying goal in the second period will be all over the highlight reels. Glencross finished off a near end-to-end rush by roofing a backhander past Rinne at 6:12, giving the winger nine goals on the year. He is now just two goals behind Iginla, the team's leading scorer.
The lone helper went to blueliner Derek Smith.
The Flames winning streak was halted at three games, giving them a 6-2-1 record in their last nine outings. They now hold a 14-14-2 record which gives them 30 points on the year.