SUNRISE, FLA -- The Calgary Flames kicked off their three-game road swing with a bang, defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1.
"We did a lot of little things right, limited their shots and it was a big win for us," Giordano told Sportsnet West afterwards. "We have to continue and keep on getting points."
The Flames stifling defensive play held the Panthers to just 13 shots on net, a season low for Florida. Calgary dictated the play in all three zones, making great passes through the neutral zone and maintaining a physical forecheck. After 60 minutes, the Flames had put 40 shots on Tomas Vokoun.
Ales Kotalik opened the scoring late in the first frame when he was able to bank a shot off a Panthers defenseman and past Vokoun. Kotalik's 9th of the year came in the dying seconds of a Flames power play and was assisted by Jay Bouwmeester, visiting his old team for the first time since coming to Calgary, and Niklas Hagman.
I’m happy I’m getting a chance to play a meaningful role. Hopefully, this is just the start," said the winger. "It always feels good when you’re put in those situations. I’m trying to do my best for us, not matter if it’s the defensive zone, the offensive zone, the power play."
The Panthers drew even in the second period when Dennis Seidenberg scored just 12 seconds into the Panthers first power play of the game.
Calgary was able to pull ahead once again when Mark Giordano potted his 9th of the season on the power play at 17:18 of the second stanza. Daymond Langkow won the faceoff cleanly, threw it back to Ian White and Giordano one-timed as soon as White sent it across the blueline.
"It was a big goal and a huge two points," Giordano told Sportsnet West.
The Flames head to Tampa Bay tomorrow to take on the Lightning in their second game of this road swing. The game starts at 5:00 p.m. MST on CBC & The FAN 960.
|WHY THE FLAMES WON |
|The Flames came out with the same jump they had in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes and the Panthers just couldn't keep up with the compete level. The Flames held to just a mere 13 shots on net, won every board battle, played an intensely physical game and if it wasn't for Tomas Vokoun standing on his head, this could have been a 5-1 or 6-1 win for the visitors thanks to the 40 shots Calgary sent at him. |
|ROSTER NOTES |
|D Aaron Johnson, F Brian McGrattan and F Jamie Lundmark were healthy scratches for the Flames. The Panthers went without F Nick Tarnasky. |
|TONIGHT'S DIGITS |
|1000 - Career games for Iginla. He's played all of his 13 seasons in Calgary and is the franchise leader in goals, points and seasons spent with the Flames. |
400 - Number of consecutive games played by Bouwmeester. He's the NHL's current Ironman.
200 - Career games for Curtis Glencross.
1 - Kotalik scored his 1st as a Flame. He's played 2 games with his new team.
999 - Career games for Langkow. He'll play #1000 on Saturday night against his old team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
6 - Shots on net for Langkow. He picked up an assist in the win.
|"I'm thankful for playing 1,000 games in the NHL. It's been a lot of fun, a lot of really good times, and I met a lot of really good friends." - Iginla on playing his 1000th NHL game |
"You know, I like him as a player. He’s a big, strong guy that’s smart. He’s strong on pucks. He understands position in his own zone. I have no problem whatsoever putting him out in key situations." - Brent Sutter on Kotalik
"“I haven’t really thought about it a whole lot because we have some things here that are kind of preoccupying things.” - Bouwmeester on playing his old team for the first time since joining the Calgary Flames
|HARDEST WORKING FLAMES |
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|Mark Giordano |
Scored the game winner, blocked 5 shots
| ||Ales Kotalik |
Notched his 1st as a Flame, 5 shots on net and 2 hits
| ||Christopher Higgins |
Showed off his penalty killing prowess, 4 shots