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The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Oilers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames


Henrik Karlsson wasn't busy for a large chunk of the first period but when the Oilers were able to get shots on net, they were quality scoring opportunities. The Swede's first stop of the night came around the midway mark when Gilbert Brule sent a wrist shot towards the top corner from just outside of the blue paint. Karlsson scooted over far enough along the crease to flash the leather and make an excellent save. He was tested again shortly after when sniper Jordan Eberle sent a hard shot from just outside the faceoff dot but he threw out the glove and made the save look easy.


The Flames power play looked very fluid all night despite not registering a point and that can be credited in large point to Alex Tanguay's presence on the point. The winger calmly dictated the play from his perch, dishing the puck off to his teammates as soon as they were able to find space in the zone. His blast from the blueline nearly handicapped Dubnyk a few times as well. In total, Tanguay spent 4:27 on the power play.


Roman Horak was placed between veterans Tanguay and Tom Kostopoulos and the rookie didn't waste the opportunity. He was given time on the power play early in the game and nearly potted his first in a Flames uniform while Calgary had the man advantage. Sven Baertschi threw the puck towards the net and Horak quickly skated into the slot to try and find the rebound. He managed to corral it and whipped a hard shot that nearly trickled through the netminder's pads. Overall, he had 16:11 of ice time, put two shots on net, had a one takeaway and was dominant in the faceoff circle, going 11 for 15.


The Flames ran into penalty trouble in the second period and it cost them two goals. The first came when Jordan Henry and Derek Smith got caught out of position and Linus Omark was left wide open at the side of the net. Eberle fed the winger the puck and he smacked it in for an easy tally. Eberle finished off the period with a goal of his own when he walked into the slot and wired a wrist shot top shelf through a crowd.


The two teams were pretty even in most aspects of the game but the Flames, despite many glorious chances, couldn't find a way to finish and it cost them the game. Whether it was not being able to get a handle on loose pucks around the net or simply taking too long to shoot, Calgary couldn't pull the trigger when they needed to. A key moment in this regard came late in the game when Jay Bouwmeester could have caught Dubnyk out of position but didn't get a snap shot off in time from the side of the net.

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