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Game Blog: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

Post-game Analysis: 3-1 Flames

Henrik Karlsson was given his first full game as a member of the Flames and the Swedish netminder did not disappoint.

He allowed just one goal on 20 shots by a stocked Phoenix club, earning himself the number one star of the game.

"It was really, really nice to be out there on the ice and play for for the home fans for the first time," he said. "I was a little bit nervous before the game but I'm really happy we could win. We had a good game, a good performance."

Karlsson was quick to give his defenders accolades for their performance.

"They played really, really good. They kept them (the puck) out of the dangerous areas pretty much the whole game so it was really a good job from the boys today."

Another standout in the tilt was rookie T.J. Brodie. The defenseman scored his third goal in two games and displayed great poise on the ice in his 17:55 of ice time.

"No, definitely not," was his response when asked if he expected his time in training camp to go so well. "Bounces have been going the right way, like tonight on the goal. I'm just trying to work hard out there and do the best I can."

A big concern for the team after the game was Olli Jokinen. He left the game in the second period and did not return. Afterwards, Brent Sutter brushed off any worries the forward was seriously injured.

"He's going to be fine. Nothing significant."

1st Period Action: 1-1

Tonight's starting lineup: Karlsson, White, Regehr, Iginla, Jokinen and Tanguay

Iginla wasted no time in getting the Flames started when he was able to snap a shot on Coyotes netminder Jason Labarbera and while he was able to make the original save, he bobbled the puck and it trickled into the net to give Iginla his second of the preseason.

Karlsson had not had a single goal scored against this preseason until the veteran Shane Doan struck at 5:46. He saw Wojtek Wolski battling with the puck along the boards and skated to the front of the net. He was able to snap a shot off as soon as Wolski sent him the pass, putting it over Karlsson's left pad.

The Flames were handed the first penalty of the contest when Tim Jackman tripped up Sami Lepisto behind the Coyotes net.

Derrick Morris took a trip to the sin bin at 10:16 for interference.

The penalty exchange continued when Niklas Hagman was handed a slashing call at 14:43. The Flames penalty woes continued when Craig Conroy tripped up Kyle Wellwood at 16:47.

The period ended with Iginla and Jokinen nearly giving the Flames a lead but a couple lucky bounces and a shot that went just wide meant it was still 1-1 at the end of 20 minutes.

2nd Period Action: 2-1 Flames

The Flames once again got the period started with a bang when Hagman scored his second of the preseason at 1:20. The shifty forward wired a wrist shot past Labarbera, beating him high glove side. Backlund earned the helper on the tally.

It got feisty right after Hagman's goal when Adam Pardy and Taylor Pyatt dropped the gloves. The Flames defenseman held his own at first but Pyatt landed a hard punch and got the takedown.

At around the 8:00 mark, Jokinen left the game with an undisclosed injury. He did not return.

Phoenix took the first minor of the frame when Martin Hanzal was called for hooking at 9:07. As soon as Hanzal stepped out of the box, his teammate Ray Whitney was sentenced to two minutes for the same infraction.

After 40 minutes, the Flames still held the one-goal edge thanks to Hagman's early tally. Calgary led in shots 16-13.

3rd Period Action: 3-1 Flames

Coyotes captain put Phoenix down a man early when he was called for holding at just 31 seconds.

Rookie Rheault was called for interference at 2:42 when shoved Scottie Upshall from behind after his teammate Jackman was smacked hard into the glass.

The crowd absolutely erupted at 5:36 when Brodie notched his third as a Flame. The rookie blueliner sent a slapshot at the net and the puck slipped through a tiny hole between Labarbera's pad and blocker.

The Flames fell back into penalty trouble when Steve Staios was nabbed for slashing at 6:10.

Rheault made a nifty move at the Flames blueline to knock the puck away from a Phoenix defender and went streaking down on a partial breakaway. Morris caught up with him but Rheault was still able to get a decent backhand off, putting just an inch too high. Morris took Rheault hard into the corner and was called for elbowing for the maneuver.

Late in the game, Jackman took a tripping call and the Coyotes got a shot at pulling within one on the man advantage but the Flames penalty killers were able to hold them off.

The Flames were able to withstand a Coyotes press in the dying minutes and are still undefeated during the preseason.

Pre-game Analysis

The Calgary Flames have had an extraordinary start to the 2010-11 preseason. The club is a perfect 3-0 and while it's still too early to tell, it appears the Flames offensive woes are behind them as the team has posted 10 markers in those three contests.

Captain Jarome Iginla is thrilled that the team has been so successful to start the 2010-11 campaign, noting it helps ease the disappointment from last season.

"It was an emotional, intense year," Iginla said after the pre-game skate. "It was a tough year.

"But I feel great now. I'm ready to roll."

Fans will get another shot at seeing the projected top line in action as Igina, Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay are all in the lineup against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Prospect T.J. Brodie is getting another chance to showcase his talents. The 20 year-old blueliner has been the breakout star during training camp, scoring two goals in his first game in Calgary.

"Obviously Brodie has played extremely well on defense for us, which is very exciting," head coach Brent Sutter said, mentioning both Brodie and forward Mikael Backlund will be getting looked at very closely tonight.

"We know where Backlund is ... he didn't play as well the other night and he's gotta get his game back to where it needs to be. After that, they've got to sort through it.

"They're having the chances, opportunities to do that. I'd say they're all on a level playing field. They're all kind of right there and who's going to be the one to come to the forefront and fill a hole, or two holes, whatever it might be, is going to be up to them.”

Projected lines are as follows:

Tanguay ~ Jokinen ~ Iginla
Hagman  ~ Backland ~ Rheault
Nemisz ~ Conroy ~ Sutter
Cunning ~ Meyer ~ Jackman

Defensive pairing from this morning's skate:

Bouwmeester ~ Staios
Regehr ~ White
Pardy ~ Brodie
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