OTTAWA, ONT -- David Moss scored twice Friday as the Calgary Flames defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 at Scotiabank Place.
After a couple days off, the Calgary Flames got off to a sluggish start but found their legs in the second period scoring three goals to go up 3-0 on the Senators. The Sens would crawl back in the third period to get within one with just under a minute left in regulation. However, the Flames would hold on to pick up the two points in the second game of a four-game road trip.
Henrik Karlsson was excellent in net for the Flames as he stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced. He looked very composed and confident turning away several tough shots off of his upper body and shoulders.
David Moss played hero again in the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa as this is where he scored his first career hat-trick. Moss potted his seventh and eighth goals of the season just 2:23 seconds apart in the second period. Anton Babchuk picked up both helpers on Moss' goals and Tim Jackman picked up an assist to pick up his eighth point in as many games.
Ales Kotalik picked up the Flames third goal of the game at 19:43 of the second period on the powerplay. Kotalik threw a snap shot on net that hit the leg of Sens defenceman Matt Carkner and found its way through Sens netminder Brian Elliott.
Ottawa's Nick Foligno made it a 3-1 game at 8:43. With the Senators net empty and 58 seconds left in regulation, Milan Michalek snapped one past Karlsson to make it a one goal game.
TAKEAWAY ONE: Moss on his game
David Moss is all too familiar with Scotiabank Place in Ottawa as this is the rink where he recorded his first and only NHL career hat-trick back on March 3, 2009 when the Flames defeated the Senators 6-3. Friday, he almost picked up another hat-trick and all would have been in the third period. He netted two goals in 2:23 in the second period to give the Flames the 2-0 lead and almost redirected a third later in the period but Brian Elliot read that one and poked it away.
Moss was a plus two on the night, had three shots in his 10:56 of ice time and was named first star of the game.
TAKEAWAY TWO: Composed Karlsson
Henrik Karlsson held his own for the Flames stopping 31 of 33 shots, several of them were tough saves off his upper body and shoulders. He looked very confident and composed as he has in past appearances on the road.
"We played really good," said Karlsson after the game. "We had them out of the dangerous area for most of the game. Big win for us and we're very happy."
Karlsson was named third star.
TAKEAWAY THREE: Gio's got your back
Mark Giordano has been excellent in the last couple games especially on the penalty kill. Tonight he decided to get right in the blue paint and save a goal. With Sens Jesse Winchester pushing hard in front of the net trying to bury one past Karlsson, Mark Giordano saw the puck trickling through Karlssson so he snuck behind him. He bent over and scooped the puck off of the goal line without closing his hand on the puck. He batted it out of harms way and kept the game at 3-1.
Giordano had one shot, two blocked shots and three hits in the game.
TAKEAWAY FOUR: Tim Jackman
Tim Jackman picked up an assist on Moss' second goal of the game at 7:55 of the second period. He now has eight points in his last eight games. Tonight he had just one shot on net but was in the play a lot creating chances for his team. He is showing a lot of determination and passion. He finished with a plusone, with the one shot and one hit. His chemistry with Moss seems to be working.
TAKEAWAY FIVE: Shut down PK
The penalty killing unit has been mint as of late and it continued Friday. The Flames shut the door on six Senator power play opportunities. Not only did they not allow a goal, they were able to create their own scoring chances from odd-man rushes.
A good example of this was at the midway mark of the second period. Jay Bouwmeester was in the box for holding putting the Sens on their third power play chance of the game. The Flames found themselves with not one, but two, 2-on-1 shorthanded rushes. The first was with Rene Bourque and Matt Stajan resulting in Stajan's shot hitting the cross bar. The second was another chance for Moss together with Jackman.
This just shows that the Flames PK sure is buzzing and eventually they will make the opposition pay.
Author: Kristi Hennessy