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Flames focusing on positives heading into Vancouver

Calgary eager to build off strong first period Friday against Edmonton

by Jason Johnson Jay__Jo /

VANCOUVER, BC -- It's not the time to panic just yet.

It's obvious the Calgary Flames (0-2-0) need to change a few things up tonight when the face the Vancouver Canucks (0-0-0) tonight at Rogers Arena (8 p.m., CBC).

The Flames are still looking for their first win of the young 2016-17 season after falling to the Edmonton Oilers in their first two games. 

It's never fun when the Flames lose to their provincial neighbors to the North, even though it hasn't happened much in last decade, however, given the circumstances, it seems to be magnified to some degree.

Although it appears to be all doom-and-gloom early on, the team isn't ready to hit the panic button just yet.

"We didn't get the results we wanted to in the first two games, but we did some things really good as well," said newcomer Alex Chaisson, who netted his first goal in Flames silks Wednesday in Edmonton. "I think you've got to look at the positives ... whether it's the forecheck or bringing pucks to the net, I think our breakouts and defensive zone coverage was great in the first (period on Friday) and that leads to defensive rush chances and what not.

"We look at those things, and I think it will be easier to play well tonight.

"We'll see what we can do."

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The Flames will see what they can do tonight against a Vancouver squad that is well rested. Seven days since their last showdown, a 3-2 pre-season win over the Oilers last Saturday. 

Calgary came out of the gates like gangbusters Friday against the Oilers. A near-record performance firing 24 shots on goaltender Cam Talbot in the opening stanza, most of them in the first 12 minutes of the period.

Sean Monahan collected his first of the season, and Michael Frolik scored his second of the campaign.

It easily could have been four or five.

The final two periods is where the game was lost.

And they know it.

"We've got to find a way to play the way we played in the first period but for 60 minutes," Flames centre Mikael Backlund said. We've got to find a way to keep pushing the teams like we did in the first and have that same energy. 

"We kept it pretty simple; we got a lot of pucks to the net, and everybody was flying out there with a lot of energy."

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