The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Ducks
Scoring his first and second goals tonight, Akim Aliu continued the streak of hot prospects this season. This gives Aliu three points in two games with his goals tonight and an assist against Vancouver on Thursday.
With a goal at 4:00 in the first and another at 7:24 in the third, Aliu was on fire against the Ducks tonight. Aliu was definitely out to prove his worth to the team with strong physical play that paid off with two hits recorded in the first period alone.
Aliu was playing with purpose tonight with his tough play that helped lead the Flames to the win tonight. With his two goals in tonight’s game Aliu is tied for most goals by a Nigerian born player.
Henrik Karlsson earned his first win this season in the game against the Ducks tonight. Karlsson turned away 23 shots on net in an impressive performance.
Despite being excited for the win the feeling for Karlsson was bittersweet with this being the last game of the season and the team not making it into the playoffs.
“It’s a weird feeling because when you win it’s a nice feeling in here but we’re disappointed,” said Karlsson.
“We really wanted to win these last two games for our great crowd so we’re happy we did that.”
The second period was tough for the Flames with numerous penalties called against them. Starting with an errant skate that sent Giordano to the penalty box, at 11:22, it seemed as though the Flames were unable to keep themselves at full strength.
The Ducks were able to capitalize on one of these powerplay attempts but the Flames penalty kill was strong and only allowed the single goal in 10 minutes of penalties in the second.
With the exception of the second period the Flames played a well disciplined game and kept out of the box.
After a long penalty kill the Flames answered back with two back to back goals to give the Flames a 3 – 1 lead going into the third period. The goals game from two Flames defensemen, Jay Bouwmeester and Anton Babchuk.
Bouwmeester scored the first goal at 19:17 off a pass from Jarome Iginla. Bouwmeester is the current NHL ironman record holder at 587 games starting mar. 6, 2004 and has five goals and 23 assists in the 2011/12 season.
Babchuk got the second goal at 19:42 to give the Flames an insurance goal going into the third. After missing some of the season due to injury Babchuk has two goals and eight assists in the 2011/2012 season.
In the final game of the season the Flames came up big at home to beat the Ducks with a score of 5-2.
There was no season on the line and the players were simply playing for pride, fans and a love of the game. Showing off their skills the Flames dominated the Ducks throughout the game.
“These aren’t ideal games to be playing at the end of the season but you play the games and you might as well go out and win them,” said forward Matt Stajan.
“We did that tonight. It was a great story with Akim coming up and scoring his first couple goals and you always want to finish strong, we weren’t going to come in here and lay over. We owe it to our fans to work hard all the time and it was nice to end on a winning note.”
Superior special teams play allowed the Flames to kill off numerous penalties and gave the ducks only a single goal on the powerplay.