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Inside the Game: Flames vs. Sabres

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames

BUFFALO -- The Calgary Flames put in a gritty road effort Friday in Buffalo but fell 2-1 in a shootout to the Sabres.

Daymond Langkow scored for the Flames in regulation while Derek Roy scored for the Sabres.

It was dubbed a goaltender's duel between two of the best in the league at the moment, Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff  (32 saves) and Buffalo's Ryan Miller (25 saves) and both were excellent throughout the game.

Jason Pominville scored the deciding goal in the shootout.

The Flames, who play in Toronto on Saturday, are 11-4-2 and 5-1-2 on the road.


2 - Olli Jokinen is two-for-two in shootouts this season after scoring on Ryan Miller with a backhand deke

5 - Number of overtime games this season for the Flames. They are 3-2.

6 - Number of shots for the Sabres in overtime, who had plenty of pressure during a power play after a tripping penalty was assessed to Olli Jokinen

7  -  Shots on goal for Derek Roy, the most dangerous Sabre on the ice.

12 - Shots on goal in the second period for the Flames after getting just five in the first period. The Sabres managed just three shots.

13 - Blocked shots for the Flames

18 - Shots by the Sabres in the first period. They are tops in the NHL this season in shots on goal, averaging just a little more than 34 shots per game. Calgary blocked four shots in the period.

22 - Giveaways by the Sabres

400 - Number of NHL games for Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff. He now has a record of 214-129-43.


The Flames entered the game having gone 2 for 24 in their last six games with the man advantage. They spent much of practice on Thursday working on the power play. "We're trying to get pucks to the net and simplify it," said assistant coach Dave Lowry...The Sabres were without Toni Lydman, the former Flame, who has a groin injury...Another former Flame, Steve Montador, is however playing on the Sabres blueline...


"I think he is one of the best, if not the best goalie in the league. He comes to play every night." - Rene Bourque on Miikka Kiprusoff's play.

"It was a good battle. The first period wasn't what we wanted but we got better as the game went on." - defenceman Mark Giordano.


After a gritty road game the Flames were only able to beat Ryan Miller once in the shootout. This was a very intense, hard-fought game and a well-earned road point.


In the first period Brandon Prust and Adam Mair staged a long duke it out. There were plenty of shots landed with Prust likely gaining the upper hand late in the fight. In the second period Dion Phaneuf and Paul Gaustad got into a tussle but few punches were thrown.


In a 1-1 game there were plenty of big saves at both ends of the ice as the goaltenders stole the show. Ryan Miller stopped Rene Bourque in the second period on a partial breakaway, coming way out of his net to cut off the angle. The Flames were shorthanded at the time and a goal would have seriously changed the momentum in a tight game.


Flames scratches were D Aaron Johnson, D Staffan Kronwall. F Curtis Glencross served the second game of a three-game suspension.


Miikka Kiprusoff - Another steady, steady performance
Ryan Miller - Bookend on a great goalie duel
Derek Roy - Very dangerous, seven shots for Sabres


Author: Mike Board

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