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Playing in his 800th career game, Frolik scores first goal of the season - as does Mangiapane - as Flames edge visiting Flyers

by TY PILSON @typilson /

Michael Frolik is a soft-spoken guy.

Not nearly as bombastic or, shall we say, outgoing as some of his teammates, he's one of the more calm, reflective guys in the dressing room, measured in his tone, and always keeping an even-keel.

He can, however, deliver some dramatics on the ice, something the Flames faithful have seen over the years and something that was on display Tuesday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome in his team's 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.


Video: "It's good timing it happened tonight"

Coming off a pair of back-to-back weekend losses to the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday and San Jose Sharks Sunday, the homeside was eager to get back in the win column.

Sitting at 2-3-1, it was time to start adding some more Ws.

Two games at home seemed the perfect remedy for what was ailing them, a great chance to get the ship righted before another two-game road swing this weekend in the City of Angels.

They were looking for players to step up and make an impact.

Cue Frolik, who got the ball rolling.

Playing in his 800th National Hockey League contest, the Czech-born Frolik - who grew up idolizing fellow hometown Kladno product Jaromir Jagr - marked the occasion with the kind of snipe that ol' No. 68 would be proud of, scoring his first tally of the new campaign.

Skating down his off wing, he caught a Flyers clearing attempt and in one motion put the puck back on the ice right onto his stick, taking three strides and then wiring a low wrister far-side past Brian Elliott just 1:35 into the tilt.

The former Flame Elliott was making just his first start of the season, with Connor Hart manning the pipes in Philly's prior three tilts of the season.


Tweet from @NHLFlames: What a way to start game 800 🥰#PHIvsCGY | #Flames


It was the 154th career goal and 371st point for the 2006 first-overall pick - taken 10th overall back in 2006 by the Florida Panthers.

Andrew Mangiapane - who was also looking for his first goal of the season - got a golden chance when Milan Lucic centred a puck from behind the net, but he wasn't able to knock it past Elliott with a diving sweep at the biscuit.

Remember that folks. We'll call it foreshadowing.

The Flames spent more time in the penalty box than they would have liked in the opening frame, at one time being down 5-on-4 and then 4-on-3 with both Frolik and Sam Bennett off for holding.

David Rittich - back between the pipes after taking Sunday night off in San Jose - stood tall on the few quality chances the Flyers had in the period.

His best stop of the opening 20 came with the Flames on the powerplay, Big Save Dave coming quickly across his net to rob Sean Couturier on a one-timer attempt.

With 5.8 seconds left in the period, Sean Monahan scored as he was dragged down to the ice but after review, the officials said he redirected the puck with a kicking motion and ruled no goal.

Rittich came up big early in the second period, first stuffing another lovely two-on-one by the Flyers, with Oskar Lindblom taking a feed from Travis Konecny but unable to beat a sliding Rittich.

Not long after, he made three stops in a row, the last two off the stick of James van Riemsdyk right on the doorstep.


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Now, remember that Mangiapane fellow?

Well he made it 2-0 at the 14:15 mark, one-timing a wrister from the very-high slot that beat Elliott blocker side after a pass from Mark Giordano.

The puck appeared to go off the stick of a Philly d-man before elevating up and under the outstretched arm of the Philly goalie.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: We got that bread.#PHIvsCGY | #Flames


The Flames led 26-16 in shots after 40 minutes of play.

On an ensuing rush up the ice after a solid wrap-around attempt by Noah Hanifin, the visitors got on the board.

With the refs arm up on a delayed penalty, Konecny again found himself back in the playmaker's office behind the cage, feeding the puck to a streaking Matt Kiskanen at 4:48, who beat Rittich. 

The Flyers started pulling Elliott with more than two-and-a-half minutes left to play and at one point, Rittich took a good shot to try and hit the open net with 1:10 left, instead scoring an icing. 

Elias Lindholm tacked on an empty-netter to seal the deal.

And to put the cherry on top for Frolik, he was named the game's first star.


Tweet from @NHLFlames: Goal 4��� on the year for Lindy!#PHIvsCGY | #Flames



Michael Frolik on scoring in his 800th game:

"Not bad, huh? Get a goal and get a win. I think the win is most important. I'll remember this night, for sure. It's something special and I'll never forget it. … 800, it's a special number. I was definitely excited. Couldn't go much better, scoring on the second shift. ... I told Backs there on the ice, 'Let's make sure we're on the same page and have a good game.' I think we did. Good two points."

David Rittich on empty-net try:

"It was a weird bounce off the wall and I had it on my tape, so I thought I was going to do something. I'm going to try to chip it out or do something with it. If I was going to freeze it, it's going to be the same thing, it's going to be a faceoff in our zone without a change. I just tried what I did."

Rittich on Frolik's big goal:

"He finally (shot) it, so it's good for him. He's got a good shot, so he's going to shoot it more and more, he's going to get more goals. But he's got to figure out if he can shoot or not."

Rittich on Flames' commitment to blocking shots:

"When I saw that (Backlund) shot, that's for sure painful, but he's a tough guy and can come back from everything. ... It's part of the game and it's huge for me. It's making my job easier and I'm happy they're trying to help me."

Andrew Mangiapane on his line's strong game:

"We just want to keep it going on. Get pucks deep, make 'em turn, funnel pucks to the net. I think we were good defensively, too, and I think it starts from there."

Bill Peters on strong third period:

"It was good. I liked the way we played in the third period - the start of the period we were getting a lot of chances. Had a great chance when it was 2-0. ... Niskanen made a good play in the high slot, but other than that, I don't think we gave up much."

Peters on getting back in the win column:

"It was good. I thought we took a step. I thought we were good in our last game out. We built off of that, and now we have to build on that moving forward again going into Thursday."





The lines and d-pairs to start last night's tilt:


Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Elias Lindholm

Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik

Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Andrew Mangiapane

Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Austin Czarnik


Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin - Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington - Rasmus Andersson


David Rittich



Heading into last night's tilt, the Flyers had played a tied-for-league-low three games so far this season. That was on account of them starting the campaign overseas on Oct. 4 with a 4-3 victory over Chicago in the 2019 NHL Series in Prague … This is the first of two matchups this season between the Flames and Flyers. The Flames won both matchups a season ago in overtime against the Flyers ... During the first intermission, we played a little get-to-know vid on prospect Dustin Wolf. Check that out below. 


Tweet from @NHLFlames: Intermission Viewing: Get to know #Flames prospect @dwolf2332, who is off to a 🔥 start to the year with @WHLsilvertips!#PHIvsCGY | #Flames



The Flames finish out this two-game homestand Thursday when they host the Red Wings (click here for tickets). From there, it's back to California for a back-to-back that starts Saturday against the Kings at the Staples Centre and finishes the next night down the road in Anaheim against the Ducks.

Then they return home to host Alexander the G8 and the Capitals at the 'Dome on Oct. 22 (click here for tickets), followed by a visit from Barkov, Bobrovsky and the Panthers on Oct. 24 (click here for tickets).

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