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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Canucks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames
TAKEAWAY ONE: Playing cautiously


The first period between the divisional rivals was unusually quiet on all fronts. Both teams looked like they were protecting a lead despite the fact the frame ended in a scoreless draw.

Five minors were called in the period but neither team were able to put together a power play that looked all that dangerous. The penalty killing from both sides were strong

Overall, the shots were close in the opening 20:00 with the Canucks holding the 13-11 edge. Rene Bourque led all skaters in this regard with three.

TAKEAWAY TWO: Adding to their points total

The Canucks ran into penalty trouble early in the second period and the Flames made them pay. With Christopher Higgins and Ryan Kesler in the penalty box, Calgary went to work with a 0:43 two-man advantage.

Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla worked their magic yet again with a beautiful passing play that led to the captain banging home his 43rd goal of the season. Tanguay was able to gently backhand the puck through a crowd to a streaking Iginla and he wasted no time in one-timing it.

The assist gave Tanguay 47 helpers on the year.

TAKEAWAY THREE: Hard work rewarded

Mikael Backlund has a couple of very strong games to end his season, including a career-high three points against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, and after several excellent scoring opportunties in the first 35:00, he was finally able to cash in for his 10th of the season.

Kesler took his second minor of the frame and Backlund was able to use this ample power play time to find the back of the net. He and Tom Kostopoulos bottled up the slot and when Cory Schneider wasn't able to hold on to Backlund's original shot, the Swede tried again and beat the young netminder.

TAKEAWAY FOUR: Standing tall

Henrik Karlsson took over the netminding duties from Miikka Kiprusoff in the final game of the season and he did so admirably.

He didn't allow a goal until the third period and helped his team kill off all but one penalty. Overall, he made 36 saves in 62:41 of playing time.

TAKEAWAY FIVE: Feisty finish

After a relatively quiet first two periods, the bad blood between the Flames and Canucks began to show in the third frame.

It all began when Robyn Regehr and Mikael Samuelsson got in a shoving match after a whistle. It escalated from there and when Iginla tried to engage Alex Burrows after the pesty Canuck got in his face, he refused to drop the gloves. Both men took unsportsmanlike conduct calls.
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