Notes, quotes and anecdotes from the Calgary-Pittsburgh game Thursday at the Pengrowth Saddledome, won 3-2 by the Pens in a shootout...
Sidney had a shadow
|THE TURNING POINT |
|Calgary Flames fans hoped they had it in the bag after two goals courtesy of Flames' captain Jarome Iginla. But to their disappointment, midway through the final frame, Ryan Malone tied the game at two, upping the Penguins momentum. Malone, who broke out past Anders Eriksson, headed towards Miikka Kiprusoff and let loose a sharp wrister on the Flames' netminder at 11:29. The goal was unassisted and short-handed. Malone's goal pushed the game into overtime. |
|STATS AND NUMBERS |
|35 - shots on goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins |
6 - shots on goal for Flames' Eric Nystrom
2 - goals for Jarome Iginla
1 - number of shots Calgary held Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby to
4:39 - minutes Penguins' netminder Marc-Andre Fleury played before leaving for the dressing room.
|FLAMES ROSTER |
|DEFENCE PAIRINGS |
|Kiprusoff (S); McElhinney |
|F Wayne Primeau (ankle sprain); D Rhett Warrener (ankle); F Stephane Yelle (groin); F David Moss (leg); D Adam Pardy (healthy) |
|THE BIG HIT |
|Flames blueliner Dion Phaneuf bounces Penguin's Gary Roberts off of him as the Pittsburgh forward lines up for a hit just short of the Flames' blueline at 8:03 in the opening period. But the Flames' d-man stood his ground, sending Roberts tumbling to the ice. |
|WORTH NOTING |
|Pittsburgh starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury took himself out of the game only 4:39 in and was replaced by Dany Sabourin. Fleury appeared to be favouring his right leg as he skated off the ice. He did not return and was missing from the team's bench the remainder of the night. |
|UP NEXT |
|The Flames head on the road for six games in 10 days. There first stop is in Chicago where they'll pay a visit to the Blackhawks this upcoming Sunday. Game time is 5 p.m. MT at the United Center. |
Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf was like a shadow on Sidney Crosby throughout the game.
"He's going to play tough against me, I know that," said Crosby after the game. "He was out there just about every time I was. Like I said before the game, he is a competitor."
Crosby, making his first appearance in an NHL uniform in Calgary, was held without a point for just the third time in 28 games this season.
He had a great scoring chance late in the third period, firing a slapper at goalie Miikka Kiprusoff
and then getting his stick on the rebound.
"I wanted to get the shot and then I got to the rebound but the puck was bouncing all over the place. That's the way it goes sometimes," said Crosby.
Still, he was happy to see his team take four of a possible four points out of Alberta after beating Edmonton on Wednesday night.
"Tow hard-nosed hockey teams I'm happy we got two wins. For us to come out of here with two wins is huge," he said.
Crosby added that the Penguins aren't surprising any teams.
"It's just the way it is. You have to be ready every night. I don't think we are going to surprise anyone," he said. "It was a tough game. It was a playoff atmosphere. There wasn't a lot of space out there."Regehr injured
Calgary defenceman Robyn Regehr left the game with an ankle injury in the second period.
He did not return. It is expected that more will be known about the injury on Friday.Kiprusoff puts in big gameMiikka Kiprusoff
has been taking some heat for his play lately but he couldn't be faulted Thursday.
“We did a lot of good things tonight. I thought Kipper (Miikka Kiprusoff
) played great, and like I say you get to a shootout, it feels great to win, but it feels just as bad to lose those ones,” said captain Jarome Iginla
, who scored both goals for Calgary.
“I was energized. That was the most people we had in warm-up ever since I’ve been here I would say. They were fired up and it was nice to see the Penguins up close. I thought our D (defencemen) did a great job against him (Sidney Crosby) and (Evgeni) Malkin and I thought we played a really good game.” Shootout breakdown
The Flames first shooter was Kristian Huselius and he scored on a shot.
Iginla shot and missed the net high.Alex Tanguay
was stopped on a backhand deke while Matthew Lombardi had the puck roll off his stick when he tried a deke.
Petr Sykora scored for the Pens first while Crosby was stopped by Kiprusoff on a shot and Evgeni Malkin rang one off the cross-bar.
Kris Letang scored the eventual winner. He has four goals in regulaton time in his rookie season, all assisted by Crosby.
"For him to get a chance like that and bury it, it is huge," said Crosby.Crosby by the Numbers
2 shots on goal
11 face-offs won, 12 face-offs lost
2 blocked shots
22:34 time on ice.
43 second average shift time
31 shifts in total
Even in the plus minus department