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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Coyotes

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



SARICH RETURNS

The blueliner was diagnosed with osteitis pubetis, a pelvis issue, midway through last season and while cortisone shots carried him through to the end of the year, he needed intensive rehab over the summer. He wasn't cleared for contact until earlier this week and managed to get into a preseason tilt to help ready himself for the regular season. Overall, he put in 18:31 of ice time, threw three hits, landed one shot on net and blocked one shot.

BIG-TIME PK

The Flames ran into penalty trouble in the second period when Matt Stajan and Chris Butler took penalties within 13 seconds of each other. Down by two men for 1:47, the Flames penalty killing was put to the test and they passed with flying colours. Jay Bouwmeester, Curtis Glencross and Mark Giordano looked calm under the immense pressure, were positioned perfectly and took away the majority of the Coyotes scoring opportunities.

BABCHUK'S BLAST

One the Flames weapons on the power play is Anton Babchuk's slapper from the blueline and Thursday, fans got a glimpse of what they can expect to see with the man advantage during the regular season. Mikael Backlund won a draw in the offensive zone, Giordano picked up the puck, threw it over to Babchuk and the Kiev native sent an absolute bomb at Jason LaBarbera. The amount of torque behind the shot made it impossible for the netminder to stop and Babchuk scored his first goal of the preseason.

MIGHTY MOSS

David Moss played his best preseason game on Thursday, notching the Flames first and last goals of the evening. The winger was tenacious on his forecheck, pressuring the Coyotes off the puck whenever he was battling away in the offensive zone, and was very responsible defensively. Head coach Brent Sutter was evidently liked his attentiveness in all three zones, throwing him out on both the power play, the penalty kill and in key moments of the game. Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross have been on a line with Moss over the past two games and considering how well they've performed, it's probably safe to say the trio will be thrown together to start the regular season.

KIPPER GOES THE LENGTH

Miikka Kiprusoff got himself primed and ready for the regular season by putting in a full night's work against the Coyotes.The netminder was solid all evening, making more than a few excellent saves in the victory, including a couple in the dying minutes that preserved the win for his team. The two goals he allowed came about because of defensive lapses, not because he was out of position. Overall, he stopped 21 of 23 shots on net, recording a .913 save percentage.


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