The Calgary Flames
knew they had to play a tight game against the Chicago Blackhawks
in their series opener. That meant a lot of work for players like All-Star defenseman Dion Phaneuf
, who has been day-to-day for a week.
Phaneuf and blue-line partner Jordan Leopold
took 34 shifts each, the most on either team. Phaneuf played a team-high 24:59 and Leopold saw 22:48 of ice time.
The pair did their best work in the opening period, when Calgary outshot the Blackhawks 10-5 and grabbed the early lead on a goal by David Moss
"We didn’t have the speed we were accustomed to having, but maybe we had the first-playoff-game jitters," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville
admitted. "We picked up our pace as we progressed."
One reason they did was the play of defensemen Duncan Keith
and Cam Barker
, who began getting more involved in the play as the game went on. Barker wound up scoring the Hawks' first goal and set up Martin Havlat
's game-tying goal late in the third period.
“Our job first and foremost is to play good defense and move the puck up to our forwards," said Keith, who played 27:03. "But if they get in trouble we’ll join the rush when we get a chance. When you get the chance obviously you take it.”