The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Red Wings
Prior to puck drop, the Flames paid tribute to the late Brad McCrimmon. The former Flames defenceman was one of the 43 victims on board the Russian plane carrying the Kontinental Hockey League team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl that crashed on Sept. 7, 2011.
During warm-ups, the Flames donned jerseys with McCrimmon's number four on the back that are being auctioned off for charity. Proceeds will be directed to Love For Lokomotiv.
There was also a video tribute, highlighting McCrimmon's incredible hockey career.
The Flames put eight shots on Jimmy Howard in the opening twenty minutes but the netminder stood tall and didn't allow a goal in the first period.
The Wings defence also played a very steady game in the first period. They disrupted cycles, cut off shooting lanes and generally made life painful for the Flames.
Detroit scored on goal in the stanza. Cory Emmerton gobbled up a Justin Abdelkader rebound and threw it into the back of the net at 5:57.
Lee Stempniak suffered a lower body injury in the first period which may cause the Flames to summon a player from Abbotsford this week. He got tied up for former Flame Brad Stuart near the end of the stanza. He did not return, only playing 4:42 in total.
The Flames power play at home was woeful in the early stages of the season but it has been drastically better throughout the month of January and they managed to notch the equalizer with the man advantage in the second period.
The Flames were unable to hold off the surging Wings in the final frame as Detroit potted two goals to earn the 3-1 victory on Tuesday night. Jiri Hudler and Drew Miller beat Miikka Kiprusoff in the third period.