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Flames this Week: 13.10.08

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
The Calgary Flames didn’t start off their season the way they wanted, dropping their first two games to the Vancouver Canucks. They’re looking to get their game back on track this week with three games against divisional rivals.

Curtis Glencross
They opened their season in Vancouver and while they started off on a strong note with several good scoring chances, they were unable to solve net minder Roberto Luongo. They surrendered six goals to the Canucks and headed back to Calgary with the resolve to put more effort into the game on Saturday.

The Canucks scored first during the Flames home opener but the C of Red helped keep Calgary’s momentum going. They led the visitors 3-1 at the end of the first period. The Canucks didn’t back down easily though and managed to tie the game up in the third period. The game went to overtime and with only 1:06 remaining, Pavol Demitra took the wind of the Flames sails by scoring the winning goal.

Calgary vs. Colorado, Tuesday, October 14 at the Pengrowth Saddledome,
7:30 p.m. on TSN and The FAN 960

The Colorado Avalanche are in the same position as the Flames, dropping their first two games to the Bruins and Oilers. Both games were tight, one-goal contests so the Avalanche are really itching for their first win of the regular season.

Joe Sakic
Milan Hejduk is Colorado’s points leader with three in two games. One of his two goals was a penalty shot in Sunday’s loss to the Oilers. Hejduk is now 3-for-3 on penalty shots in his career.
Joe Sakic, a notorious pain for the Flames, scored his first of the season on Sunday. The Flames will have to watch Sakic carefully because he’s been known to foil games for the club at the most inopportune times.

Veteran defenseman Adam Foote played in his 1000 NHL game on Sunday. The blueliner is now the 40th active player to reach the milestone.

Calgary vs. Edmonton, Friday, October 17 at the Pengrowth Saddledome,
7:00 p.m. on Sportsnet West and The FAN 960

Dustin Penner was the hero on Sunday when the right-winger scored the game winner with 5.4 seconds left against the Avalanche. He leads the Oilers in goals and is tied for first in points with two in one game.
Andre Roy

Goaltender Mathieu Garon was also sharp. Despite Penner’s two goal performance, Garon took the first star of the game. He had 31 saves on the evening compared to Peter Budaj’s 19 and many of them were tough scoring chances.

The Oilers will play Anaheim on Wednesday before heading into Calgary.

Calgary vs. Edmonton, Saturday, October 18 at Rexall Place, 8:00 p.m.
on CBC and The FAN 960

The pre-season didn’t yield the results the Oilers want in the Battle of Alberta. The Flames won both contests and had one commanding 4-0 victory in those games.

Boyd and Moss
David Moss had strong pre-season games against Edmonton, picking up two goals against veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Curtis Glencross also gave his old team problems, scoring the overtime winner in the second game.

The Battle of Alberta has always been a physical affair and this season looks to be no different. The last game played saw five fighting majors handed out. In one particularly nasty bout, James Vandermeer pummeled Marc Pouliot, leaving the youngster with two gashes on his face and blood all over the ice.

This Week’s Key Numbers
Dustin Boyd has switched from number 41 to number 16. The switch essentially shows how’s he moved up in the ranks. Players are assigned numbers for development and training camps. Boyd had been wearing the 41 since his first development camp and now in his third NHL season, he’s decided to take on a more conventional number.
The Flames have now lost six consecutive season openers with their 0-6 loss to the Canucks.
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