The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Canucks
Both teams got off to a slow start tonight with few shots on net and neither team really taking control of the game.
The Canucks were lucky enough to sneak one goal past at 4:36 but after that there were few good chances on either end.
The shots on net in the first were 11 – 3 for Vancouver with few real opportunities to score. Neither team had a sense of urgency in this period which was evident by the quality of chances on net.
The Flames came out strong in the second with four good chances early in the second. Keeping this play going they kept the puck in the Canucks zone for a good part of the second period.
The Canucks fought back though and Kiprusoff robbed Higgins on a breakaway opportunity mid way through the period.
The Flames gained advantage by using their strong physical play to overpower the Canucks and take away the majority of their offensive opportunities.
The Flames started early in the third with a goal from Mike Cammalleri to even the score. Starting with a beautiful pass from Akim Aliu to Jay Bouwmeester they were able to set up Cammalleri to score a sniper shot past Schneider.
The momentum in the third was all Flames and the roar of the hometown fans echoed the fire the team was showing on the ice. Keeping the puck in the Canucks zone the Flames snuffed any chances the Canucks had on offense.
This push continued with another goal from Curtis Glencross at 9:02 in the third to put the Flames up 2-1. It was a late goal from Cammalleri at 16:23 that gave the Flames a comfortable 3-1 lead.
Despite a late Canucks goal at 16:49 the Flames managed to hold on and win the game.
The Flames used their stronger physical play to keep the Canucks at bay. It was this that allowed them to dominate the game and win.
With no love lost between these two divisional rivals the game got noticeably aggressive near the end with the both teams accumulating over 16 minutes in combined penalty minutes.
The Flames delivered 23 hits on the night which was impressive compared to the 13 delivered by the Canucks.
The Flames managed to keep the Canucks from securing the first place position in the Western Conference with their win tonight.
By failing to secure two points in the game tonight they give St. Louis the opportunity to pull ahead in the heavily contested West.
The Flames ended the Canucks seven game winning streak tonight.