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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Senators

Friday, 30.12.2011 / 7:23 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Senators





IRVING IN NET

Leland Irving was given his third NHL start and he turned in yet another solid performance.

He made several highlight reel saves in the 4-3 OT loss and held his team in the game when they couldn't seem to get out their own zone.

LET'S GET IT STARTED

The Flames came out firing in the first period and took advantage of a slightly shaky Alex Auld.

Rene Bourque scored just 23 seconds into the game when he softly directed the puck towards the net from an awkward angle. It trickled past Auld and into the back of the net.

At 6:25, Curtis Glencross' wicked one-timer went top shelf, giving the winger his 15th goal of the season.

Chris Butler added the third goal of the night at 18:49

AULD OUT, ANDERSON IN

The Senators opted to make a goaltending change after Auld let in three goals in the opening twenty minutes.

Anderson didn't allow a single goal and a key component in the Senators victory.

SENATORS SURGE

The Senators got on the board at 3:35 of the second period when Nick Foligno was able to slide the puck underneath Irving.

Ottawa kept coming, making it a one goal game at 12:01 thanks to a perfectly placed Zack Smith wrist shot.

The Flames looked slightly flumoxed by the sudden surge by the home team and Irving had to make several clutch saves to keep his team ahead by a goal after forty minutes of play.

Erim Karlsson added the equalizer at 4:28 of the third period.

ALFREDSSON'S 400TH WINS IT

Daniel Alfredsson scored his 400th NHL goal in dramatic fashion, blasting a shot past Irving at 3:31 of overtime and completing the comeback for the Senators.