The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Jets
Flames 2011 first-round draft pick Sven Baertschi suited up for his first NHL game on Friday night and made a great impression with Flames fans during his first shift.
He managed to send the hulking Dustin Byfuglien to the ice with a hit in the Jets zone, earning him some loud cheers from the raucous crowd.
Overall, Baertschi played 9:08, put one shot on net, had one shot blocked by the Jets and threw one hit.
The Jets took two early penalties - a delay-of-game call on Mark Flood and a boarding infraction against Tanner Glass - and the Flames did not waste either opportunity.
Alex Tanguay made an excellent play on the first power play, stretching to keep the puck in the zone. The desperate dive ended up leading to a goal as Mark Giordano hammered a shot from the blueline that slipped past Ondrej Pavelec.
Jarome Iginla added the second power play marker at 6:47 after he was he was able to whack the puck into the back of the net from close range.
Curtis Glencross scored the third power play tally of the night in the third period. It was his sixth goal in as many games.
The Flames five-on-five play wasn't nearly as good as their special teams performance in the opening frame as they allowed two late Jets tallies to cut their lead to a single goal going into the second period.
The Jets also had the last 10 shots of the period, stymieing the Flames in their own end.
Winnipeg managed to crawl within two goals in the third period when Tobias Enstrom's rocket from far out absolutely stunned Miikka Kiprusoff. They continued to to press but the Flames tightened up their play in the dying minutes to preserve the 5-3 victory.
The second period saw just one goal scored, a beauty off Alex Tanguay's stick.
Iginla carried the puck into Winnipeg's zone and tried to cut through the defence. They cut him off but the puck landed on Tanguay's stick. He swooped to the side of the net and, showing great patience, waited until Pavelec dove to the corner and roofed it for his third point of the night.
The tally ended up being the game-winner.
The Detroit Red Wings did the Flames a favour on Friday, beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in regulation. That allowed the Flames to leap-frog them in the standings, moving into ninth place in the West with 74 points.
San Jose is occupying eighth place with 75 points, Phoenix is just ahead of them with 76 points and Chicago sits in sixth place with 81 points.