Well, not exactly the type of period we would hope for. Certainly there were high points, but the defensive breakdowns were plentiful, and costly. The first five minutes or so were all Flames all the time. Solid puck possession, great smart passes, and fantastic outlet passes to start the rushes. It all seemed to fall apart on one play, as the Flames lost a face off and then no one took any of their men. Especially Dion who missed his assignment completely. But when the Flames played well, they really really clicked. Also Yeah buddy to Prust, who stood up for Sarich after a hit that *might* have been a tad late.
The Flames Powerplay was Flawless. I know!! I'm just as surprised to say it as you are to read it. They won the faceoff, passed the puck quickly and accurately, and then Cammy slapped it in off of Salo's skate. The penalty kill unit was also near to flawless, keeping the Canucks to the outside and limiting their chances.
Again the freaking Sedins. Like I said before the game, key on those two, because they love to score on the Flames. And of course they did with Daniel simply walking around the defense, hell and all of the forwards too, to pop it in behind Miikka. Seriously, how hard is it to watch these guys? If Mitchell can take Iggy out of the game why can't Regher and Sarich take the Sedins out?
A much much improved game by the Flames. They seem to have remembered their defensive system and played it to a "T". The Forecheck was also very much in evidence as the Flames really brought the physical game to the Canucks in that frame. and Robyn, You sir made my night when you dumped H. Sedin on his backside. Thank you!
The penalty kill unit got alot of work that period, and as is no surprise to any Flames fan at least one of those calls was pure and utter crap. I speak specifically of the tripping call on Pardy who made an inspired defensive play to knock the puck away from a charging Salo. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but when the defending player hits the puck BEFORE tripping the player that is not a penalty. This also led to a 5 on 3 for the Canucks as the Flames got hit for a Too Many Men penalty 53 seconds in. The happy ending is that not once did the Canucks score on the man advantage in the Second, and you can thank Miikka for some phenominal play!
And Cammy is so on fire tonight. Directly after the last penalty kill Iggy gets tripped and on the delayed call, Iggy makes a gorgeous pass and Cammy makes no mistake to tie it up. He's been (sorry Pierre) an Utter Monster this game. He just needs to continue this play for the remainder of the season and a contract extension is a certainty!