The Calgary Flames embarked on a three game road trip starting tonight in Montreal. It’s always fun to watch a game when to rival Canadian teams square off, and tonight was no exception. Playing without the suspended Curtis Glencross, the Flames were quick to establish their zone pressure. At one point early on the Flames were leading the shot clock 9-1, a far cry from the usual 1-9.
Bodies started to fly as both teams tried to take an edge in the physical game. Lead by Dion Phaneuf, who came into his body busting form tonight and flattened Montreal players one after who were trying to forecheck, the Flames had the edge in the hits category with everyone getting involved.
You had the sense that the team is coming into form one by one adopting the Sutter system. Continuous forechecking, some pretty plays, and mostly solid defence were the name of the game. OVerall I felt Calgary played almost ac omplete game less some defensive lapses.
When that occurred Miikka Kiprusoff came up huge making some amazing stops on road to collect his 200th win as a Flames and the shut out.
On the other hand, Jarome Iginla scored the only goal and extended his goal scoring to five games. Calgary had the share of chances, more shots, more hits, and pretty much lead every facet of the game. You can’t really say the same for the PP which went 0 for 6, but hey, can’t have t hem all can you?
Notes: Next up Buffalo Friday.