The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Flyers

Saturday, 25.02.2012 / 8:30 PM / Calgary Flames Budweiser Game Day
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)
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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Flyers




LEAVING THE FIRST WITH THE LEAD

The Flames were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the first frame but they headed to the locker room with a 2-0 lead over the Flyers.

Mark Giordano and Stajan beat Ilya Bryzgalov in the first six minutes of the game and Miikka Kiprusoff stood tall the rest of the stanza.

The Flames took three minor penalties in the period but their penalty killing units were up to the task of quelling the League's sixth best power play.

SNEAKING THROUGH THE SECOND FRAME

After forty minutes of play, the Flames still had a lead on the Flyers but the visitors managed to notch two goals at the end of the period, making it 3-2.

Jakub Voracek scored both goals for Philadelphia while Tom Kostopoulos added the Flames third goal of the night. It was the team's first short-handed marker this season.

TOPSY TURVY THIRD

The Flames and Flyers went back and forth in the third period and by the end of regulation, it was a 4-4 game.

Scott Hartnell tied the game up at 7:35 with a power play goal from Scott Hartnell. Alex Tanguay was awarded a penalty shot and made no mistake on it, making it 4-3. However, the Flyers answered back when Hartnell scored his second of the period.

Olli Jokinen took a slashing call with 2:10 left in regulation but Kiprusoff bailed his team out and earned them an extra point.

FALTERING IN EXTRA TIME

Overtime saw both teams generate decent scoring chances but the netminders were up to the task and pushed the game to a shootout.

Mike Cammalleri scored in the third round - the first player to find the back of the net - but Claude Giroux tied it up right after the goal. It went to the fifth round where Curtis Glencross' shot went wide and Matt Read buried the game winner.

SQUANDERED LEAD DROPS CALGARY IN THE WEST

The Flames did not get any help from the out-of-town scoreboard on Saturday night and their inability to hold on to the lead dropped them to 11th in the Western Conference with 67 points.

Dallas, Los Angeles and Colorado all have 68 points but the Stars own the tie-breaker and sit in 8th place. The Kings currently reside in 9th while the Avs are 10th in the West.