CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames picked up their first point under head coach Bob Hartley.
Unfortunately, it came as a result of a shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night at Rogers Arena.
After Alex Tanguay and Alexandre Burrows traded goals, Zack Kassian’s deke stood up to be the winner after Schneider denied Curtis Glencross in the fifth round of the shootout to give Vancouver their first win of the year and pushing Calgary’s record to 0-2-1 on the season.
Battling back from a two-goal deficit in the second period, the Flames regrouped for a second straight game with goals by Tanguay and Mikael Backlund in a five-minute span to draw even with the Canucks before the middle frame was out.
Pushing for their first points of the season, Calgary pressed in the third period, directing 14 shots towards Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. Unsuccessful, the Flames launched another four in overtime that were turned aside by the Vancouver starter – forcing Calgary’s first shootout of the season.
SAVE OF THE GAME
Seven minutes into the game, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa uncorked a blast from the point through traffic, only to be met by the right pad of Miikka Kiprusoff – in full splits – to keep the game scoreless early.
HIT OF THE GAME
On his first shift since being recalled by the Canucks Tuesday, Jordan Schroeder was welcomed harshly in his first NHL the game by Dennis Wideman, who sent the former first round pick sprawling to the ice.
GOAL OF THE GAME
Going coast-to-coast, Calgary captain Jarome Iginla dished the puck to Mikael Backlund, who snapped a shot passed the blocker of Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider to tie the game at 2-2 with 3:57 remaining in the second period.
After Kassian’s successful deke, Schneider kicked out Glencross’ attempt in the fifth round of the shootout to lift the Canucks to their first win of the season.
Defenseman Derek Smith returned to the lineup in his first action since Calgary’s home opener against the San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Chris Butler was scratched in his place. Also returning to the lineup was Steve Begin.
Forward Roman Horak was assigned to the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL earlier in the day, while Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka remained out of the lineup but could return as soon as Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
"He was great for us - he's one of the best goalies in the world," - Mikael Backlund on Miikka Kiprusoff.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
For the first time this season, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester led all Flames in ice time with 28:04 against the Canucks. A season ago, Bouwmeester led all Calgary skaters, averaging 25:57 per game.
The Flames welcome the Edmonton Oilers to Scotiabank Saddledome Saturday in the first of four installments of the ‘Battle Of Alberta’.