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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Panthers

by Andrew Halipchuk / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames have swept Florida.

Joey MacDonald made 34 saves and Mike Cammalleri’s 26th goal of the season broke the tie halfway through the second period and was the game winning goal as the Flames beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 at BB&T Center on Friday.

The win comes a night after Calgary disposed of the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1. It's the first time the Flames have won both games against the Florida-based teams on the road since the 2007/08 season.

The Flames opened up the scoring in Sunrise when rookie forward Kenny Agostino picked up the loose puck in front of Florida’s net and snapped a quick wrist shot over the shoulder of starter Roberto Luongo.

The Panthers tied it up just under a minute later when Vincent Trocheck picked up rebound off a Jimmy Hayes shot right in front of the Flames net before firing it past a sprawling MacDonald, his only blemish on the night.

In the second, the Panthers brought the pressure to the Flames, throwing 17 shots on net, MacDonald was solid turning away every shot after Trocheck’s goal.

The Panthers continued to put pressure on the Flames by putting shots on net from every which angle, but MacDonald was able to maintain the Flames 2-1 lead by making seven saves in the period.

The Flames defence helped their goaltender out throughout the game, blocking 20 shots, including the final two shots put on net in the dying second after MacDonald made a doorstep save on Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim late in the period.

In the first, the Flames and Panthers exchanged scoring opportunities, but both MacDonald and Luongo were perfect in the period, turning away six and eleven shots respectively.


Agostino fed the puck to Brian McGratten while crossing Florida’s blueline. McGratten tried to put the puck was blocked, Agostino swooped in to pick up the rebound before firing a quick wrist shot by Luongo for his first career NHL goal.


In the dying seconds of the game, Berganheim picked up the puck to the left side of the Flames net and fired but MacDonald stood his ground and was able to get a shoulder on the Finnish forward’s shot for one of his 34 saves on the night, maintaining Calgary’s 2-1 lead at the end of the game.


Forward Jiri Hudler picked up the puck along the left side boards and fired the puck to Cammalleri in the slot for a one time shot. Cammalleri missed the net, but Hudler picked up the puck behind Florida’s net skated around to the right faceoff circle and passed the puck through three Florida defenders back to Cammalleri on the left side of the Panthers’ net. He made no mistake putting the puck over a sprawling Luongo’s right leg for his 26th goal of the season giving the Flames a 2-1 lead.


Cammalleri’s game-winning goal was his 500th career point.


Matt Stajan, Paul Byron and Mark Cundari were scratched against the Rangers. Markus Granlund (upper body), Dennis Wideman (upper body), David Jones (upper body), Mikael Backlund (upper body), Ladislav Smid (upper body) and Tyler Wotherspoon (shoulder) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames finish their five-game road trip when they head to New Jersey for a game against the Devils Monday night. (5 p.m. MST, Sportsnet-West, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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