The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Lightning

Five key elements from the Flames battle with the Lightning

Thursday, 15.12.2011 / 6:51 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Lightning







BAD BOUNCE BEATS KIPPER

The Lightning were able to open the scoring off an attempted pass that bounced off a defenceman and into the the net.

Teddy Purcell was aiming to throw a pass out into the slot from behind the goal line but Chris Butler was blocking the lane. The attempt hit Butler's torso and flew over Miikka Kiprusoff to give Purcell his sixth goal of the season.

ENERGY LINE CARRIES THE FLAMES THROUGH THE FIRST PERIOD

Tom Kostopoulos, Matt Stajan, and Tim Jackman had an excellent opening period and ended up tying the game late in the frame thanks to their hard work and dedication.

While none of them played over 3:30 in the period, they extraordinarily effective. Stajan and Jackman took a combined four draws, winning all of them, and the pair put three shots on Mathieu Garon.

LIGHTNING STRIKE IN THE SECOND

While the Flames were able to gain the lead early in the middle frame, Tampa Bay answered back with three goals of their own.

Tom Pyatt and Ryan Malone beat Miikka Kiprusoff in a span of two minutes and then Nate Thompson's sharp angle shot was deflected by Butler past Kiprusoff in the last minute of play.

BOURQUE'S BREAKAWAY

Defenceman Derek Smith sprung Rene Bourque on a breakaway early in the third period and while the winger fanned on the shot, the puck still underneath Garon to make a 4-3 game with 18:02 remaining in regulation.

COMEBACK QUELLED

With Victor Hedman in the sin bin for slashing, the Flames power play went to work and ended up tying the game at 16:48.

Alex Tanguay's point shot was deflected by Olli Jokinen to tie the game at four. Smith earned the second assist, giving him a two-point night.

However, Steven Stamkos scored in overtime to halt the Flames comeback attempt, falling by a score of 5-4.