Calgary - November 16, 2011 - The Calgary Flames took a 1-1 tie into the third period of tonight’s game before allowing back to back goals off of the stick of Bobby Butler. Calgary’s PowerPlay results were yet again the deciding factor in the outcome of the game, as they went a combined 0-5 which included a lengthy five on three opportunity in the second period.
The first period was headlined by two impressive individual performances, which saw both Jason Spezza and Oli Jokinen exchange end to end rushes. Neither play resulted in a goal as the first period ended in a scoreless draw that saw the Senators outshoot the Flames by a 14-11 margin.
Just three minutes into the middle frame a fight between Zenon Kenopka and Tom Kostopoulos broke out which resulted in a take down by Kenopka after a few solid punches were landed by both players. Daniel Alfredsson opened the scoring at the 18:44 of the second period after converting off of a sloppy turnover by Jarome Iginla in the neutral zone. The Flames responded a shift later as Tom Kostopoulos received a centering pass from behind the net from Matt Stajan and chipped it past starting goaltender Craig Anderson.
Bobby Butler scored the go ahead goal at the midway mark of the third period, on a brilliant shot that saw him use Mark Giordano as a screen against his own goaltender. Minutes later as the Flames were pressing for the tie, Butler struck again as he streaked in from the neutral zone to beat Miikka Kiprusoff far side on a perfectly placed slapshot. In the end Calgary managed to outshoot the Senators 39-32 on the night but were unable to get enough scoring opportunities to solve Craig Anderson.
With the loss Calgary falls to 7-9-1 on the year and sit tied with Anaheim for 13th place in the western conference. Calgary will now get set for a rematch at home against the Chicago BlackHawks on the 18th.
Calgary Flames Game Notes
The Positives :
After being heavily criticized this past week, Rene Bourque put in what I believe to be his best effort of the season. He was engaged all game and finished the night with a total of six shots on goal.
The Penalty Kill continues to take strides as they killed off all three Ottawa opportunities; they now sit in the top half of the league in that regard (13th).
Miikka Kiprusoff yet again gave his team a chance to win, Unfortunately he has not received the goal support one would expect from the Flames forwards. For my money, He has been the best and most consistent Flame to this point in the season.
The Negatives :
The Powerplay needs work…yet another night with no results to show for, Calgary now finds themselves last in the league on home ice in terms of PP proficiency. 2 for 40 is just not good enough and a huge reason as to why we have a 3-5-1 home record.
Jarome Iginla continued his inconsistent play at both ends of the ice, He is a team worst -10 on the season and was a non factor in terms of his offensive production.
Calgary sits 28th in the league in goals for having only scored 36 goals through 17 games to start the season.
Tonights Three Stars (As selected by Charlie Simmer of Sportsnet West)
1. Bobby Butler
2. Mark Giordano
3. Craig Anderson