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Game Blog: Flames vs. Lightning

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
Post-game Analysis

T.J. Brodie was looking to make a big impression on the coaching staff after avoiding being among the 14 players sent to Abbotsford on Friday. His two goal outing certainly did just that.

"It went pretty good. I didn't expect that to happen," he laughed. "It was just one of those nights where the bounces went the right way.

"I was a little nervous - the first game in Calgary and I was feeling a little sore this morning. But it ended up working out pretty good."

The blueliner was faced with the daunting task of defending against superstars like Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.

"It was a little bit of both," was his answer when asked if he ignored the fact he's playing against Stanley Cup winners or viewed them as just another player. "You can't forget those guys are on the ice, they can burn you pretty quick. You've got to be aware when they're out there but at the same time, you can't let them catch you looking at the puck. You've just got to be ready when you're on the ice and keep your head up."

This performance has many believing that if Brodie can continue to play like he did against Tampa Bay, he can make the jump to the big club. He could only shrug at the suggestion.

"I have no idea. I'm just out here working hard and trying to get the spot somewhere, whether it's here or Abbotsford.

"I'll just do the best I can and see what happens."

1st Period Action: 2-1 Flames

Vincent Lecavalier opened the scoring just 27 seconds into the first frame, batting an errant puck that was floating in front of Miikka Kiprusoff. It was an unassisted tally.

Cam Cunning took the game's first penalty for interference at 4:19.

The game's first big hit came as Simon Gagne went into the corner to collect the puck on the Lightning's power play. Mark Giordano came flying in and smacked the veteran forward into the glass, earning him huge roars from the crowd.

With the Lightning still on the man advantage, Curtis Glencross almost notched a short-handed goal but was stifled by a defender who fell to the ice to knock the puck away from Glencross before he could shot. The defender tripped up Glencross, however, and gave the Flames their first power play of the game.

The Flames evened it up with the man advantage. Ales Kotalik made a great move at the blueine to keep the puck in the offensive zone, passing it to T.J. Brodie who was streaking towards the net. He threw the puck back to Giordano and he absolutely wired it from the blueline. The shot beat netminder Cedrick Desjardins but not the post. Thankfully, the rebound went right to Brodie, who was perched at the side of net. He snapped a shot into the open net, giving him his first goal of the preseason.

The Lightning got themselves into penalty trouble 9:00 into the period. First, Mattias Ohlund went to the sin bin for slashing. Eric Perrin then followed his lead three seconds later, giving the Flames a lengthy 5-on-3. Calgary didn't waste it.

Brodie picked up his second of the night, once again scooping up Giordano's rebound and firing it in from the side of the net.

The Flames took a late penalty to give the Lightning a power play with 2:00 left in the period. Staffan Kronwall lost his stick while battling for the puck behind the Flames net and ended being called for roughing after a particularly hard shove.

2nd Period Action: 3-2 Flames

The penalty parade continued early in the middle frame with tough guy Raitis Ivanans earning himself a roughing call at 2:08. He was a little eager to shove a Lightning forward while reaching for the puck.

Perron put the Flames on the power when he was called for boarding at 5:40. He steamrolled Nemisz at the Lightning bench from behind, sending the youngster head-first into the benches.

Craig Conroy gave the Flames a two-goal cushion at 8:40. Kronwall snapped a pass from the side of the net to Conroy, who was rushing to the front of the net. The Flames elderstatesman tipped the puck neatly behind Desjardins.

The Lightning weren't content to sit back though. Gagne was able to pull the Lightning within one with a rocket of a slap shot that beat Kiprusoff top shelf at 9:45.

Ivanans found himself back in the box when he slammed Blair Jones into the glass. The official call on the hit was boarding at 11:17.

Brian Boucher's club found themselves in trouble when they were unable to change lines in a timely fashion. Teddy Purcell served the bench minor.

After leveling Mike Lundin with a clean hit in the Lightning's zone, Meyers dropped the mitts with Ryan Malone. It was a quick tussle with both men hitting the ice quickly.

3rd Period Action: 4-4

Matt Keetley took over the netminding duties for Kiprusoff and was under siege immediately. The rookie handled the pressure well, stopping several shots from tough angles and not giving up very many rebounds.

Kotalik gave the Flames their fourth marker of the net with a backhand that went over Desjardins glove. He stormed towards the net as Glencross carried the puck up the boards and was in perfect position to take the pass and toss the puck in. It was Kotalik's second of the preseason.

Nemisz took a hooking penalty at 7:59 and it proved to be costly. Lecavalier pocketed his second of the night with a wrist shot that beat Keetley stick side.

The teams alternated penalties one after the other with Malone getting hit with a tripping call and then Kronwall made the same error 2:03 seconds later.

Steve Stamkos made it a 4-4 game at 18:48, while the Lightning were on a power play, evening it up and forcing overtime.

OT Action: 4-4

Lecavalier almost had a hat trick early in the extra frame with a snap shot off the iron.

The Flames countered with a great shot wrist shot from Giordano, who had hopped into the play. Desjardins just managed to get a glove on the shot though, keeping it knotted up at four.

Keetley came up with a huge pad save on Martin St. Louis with just under 2:00 to go. St. Louis and Lecavalier were coming into the zone on a two-on-one and Keetley read the pass perfectly, sliding over to make the clutch save.

Extra time solved nothing and the game headed to a shootout.

Shootout Action: 5-4 Flames

Lightning 1st shooter: Purcell hit the post
Flames 1st shooter: Kotalik scored
Lightning 2nd shooter: Gagne stopped by Keetley
Flames 2nd shooter: Bourque stopped by Desjardins
Lightning 3rd shooter: Lecavalier hit the post
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