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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Senators

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- A pair of firsts was enough to power the Calgary Flames.

Markus Granlund scored his first career NHL goal and Joni Ortio made 30 saves for his first win as the Flames beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Wednesday.

Granlund wasted little time putting the Flames on the board, picking up Max Reinhart’s deflected shot attempt in the slot and chipping his own offering over the shoulder of Senators goaltender Craig Anderson to put the Flames up 1-0 just 2:04 into the contest.

After failing to convert on a breakaway after stepping out of the penalty box near the midway mark of the second period, Mark Giordano fed Paul Byron in the slot, who redirected the offering by the pad of a screened Anderson to put Calgary up 2-0 at 9:12.

Joe Colborne extended the lead to 3-0 with 2:47 remaining in the middle frame, converting Jiri Hudler’s nifty spinning pass from below the goal line for his fifth of the season and first in 20 games.

Just 58 seconds after Kyle Turris ended Ortio’s shutout bid, Mike Cammalleri restored Calgary’s three-goal lead before the Flames shut the door on the Senators.


After picking off a Cody Ceci pass at the Senators blue line, Reinhart’s shot deflected to Granlund in the slot, who chipped a shot over Anderson’s blocker for his first career NHL goal to give the Flames a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game.


Though his first shot against didn’t come until the 9:15 mark of the first period, Ortio had to be sharp to get a toe on Bobby Ryan’s one-timer from the slot.


Two second-period goals eight minutes apart allowed the Flames to build a three-goal cushion after 40 minutes, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish against the Senators.


Including backup goaltender Joey MacDonald, the Flames’ roster against Ottawa featured seven players who have suited up for at least 16 games with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. The Flames also had nine draft picks dress Wednesday versus the Senators, the first time they’ve had that many since Jan. 8, 2010.


Matt Stajan missed the game against Ottawa due ot personal reasons. TJ Galiardi (upper body), Curtis Glencross (high ankle sprain), David Jones (upper body), Kevin Westgarth (upper body) and Karri Ramo (lower body) all missed the game due to injury.


The Flames continue their two-game homestand on Friday when they welcome the Calgary native Thomas Hickey and the New York Islanders to Scotiabank Saddledome (7 p.m. MST, SNET-W, Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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