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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Capitals

Tuesday, 03.01.2012 / 6:34 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Capitals





CAPS STRIKE EARLY

Rene Bourque took a holding call just 36 seconds into the game and the Capitals power play made them pay.

Marcus Johansson fed Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals captain wired a one-timer past Miikka Kiprusoff at 1:11.

FALTERING IN THE FACEOFF CIRCLE IN THE FIRST

After the Capitals goal, the Flames were able to settle down the play and had a decent road period.

However, they were far from successful in the faceoff cirlce.

Calgary won just 28 percent of their draws with Olli Jokinen leading the team in that regard, winning three of six faceoffs.

Their performance in the faceoff circle did not improve as the game progressed and the Flames ended up winning just 37 percent of their draws in the game.

ANOTHER POWER PLAY GOAL

The Capitals potted their second power play goal of the night on their second power play of the game.

Ovechkin was once again a key component in the Capitals success with the man advantage, hammering a hard shot on net from the blueline with Troy Brouwer on the doorstep, ready to collect the rebound.

BAD BOUNCES

The Flames had several excellent opportunities to beat Tomas Vokoun but luck just was not on their side.

In the second period, Tim Jackman had a wide open net to slam the puck into but his shot grazed Dmitry Orlov's stick and went over top of the net.

Defenceman TJ Brodie had Vokoun beat early in the third period but rang his shot off the post. Shortly after, Lee Stempniak was able to get in tight and rifle off a hard shot but his aim was just a bit off and instead of beating the netminder five hole, he hit his blocker.

CAPS STARS BRING THEIR A-GAME

The Capitals got key contributions from their star players as Ovechkin notched two points, Nicklas Backstrom earned three assists, Johansson had two helpers and Vokoun made 18 saves.