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Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Kings

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
TAKEAWAY ONE: NHL debut


Lance Bouma was recalled earlier in the week and played his first NHL contest on Saturday night. The gritty right winger is known for his crash-and-bang style and that was on display all evening.

Placed on a line with Tim Jackman and Mikael Backlund, Bouma kept his game simple. He cycled the puck exceptionally well, created time and space for his linemates by constantly crashing the net and was more than willing to sacrifice his body by blocking shots.

Overall, Bouma had 4:34 of ice time, one shot on net and an even rating.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Successful experiment

The Kings power play has been dismal in 2011 but after making an adjustment on their top unit in Edmonton on Wednesday, they've been able to generate a lot of offence with the man advantage.

Blueliners Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty were placed on the point against the Oilers and the Kings went 2-for-4 on the power play. In Calgary, they kept the duo manning the point and once again, it paid off. Both players were on the ice for the Kings first period power play goal, with Johnson earning an assist on the Dustin Brown tally.

The duo created a plethora of chances once again in the second period and while the Kings didn't technically score a power play goal, they did score right after Rene Bourque's hooking penalty had expired, Their excellent work with the extra man produced that tally, giving the club their second lead of the game.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Offence from unlikely sources

With names like Jarome Iginla, Anze Kopitar, Alex Tanguay and Justin Williams playing, you'd expect offence from the Flames and Kings top lines but that wasn't the case.

Rob Scuderi and Robyn Regehr scored the game's first two goals. Their combined scoring total? Just three goals, counting their markers on Saturday evening. In such a tight game, offence from these defence-first players played a key role in allowing both teams to earn a point.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Tip-top Tanguay

The Flames top line was excellent all evening but kudos must go to Tanguay specifically. The winger played one of his best games all season, scoring two goals and carrying his team to the

Both of his goals came from his ability to get in prime scoring spots. In his first marker, he snuck into the slot without anyone covering him, one-timing the puck past Quick. The second saw him stand at the side of the net, stick on the ice, ready to bat in any pass that came his way.

Tanguay also scored in the shootout. He was named first star of the game, had three points, seven hots on net and a +2 rating in his 20:19 of ice time.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Streaks ending, streaks running strong

Coming into the contest, the Kings hadn't won a game in the Scotiabank Saddledome since Dec. 21, 2005. They were able to end their 10-game losing skid in the Calgary with a shootout victory.

The Flames had their six-game winning streak end with the loss while Miikka Kiprusoff had his five-game winning streak halted.

On the flip side, Brendan Morrison built on his point streak, pushing it to seven games. He has 10 points (4+6) in that span.

The Flames now have points in seven straight contest which has placed them 10th in the Western Conference. They're just a single point out of the playoff picture.
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