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Flames End Preseason with 4-0 Loss to Canucks

I watched this game, hopefully you did not.



The Flames dressed a pretty watered down line up tonight in their final preseason clash. Missing were Giordano, Brodie, Bennett, Brouwer, Tkachuk, Frolik and of course Gaudreau. The Canucks on the other hand, had basically the NHL roster dressed. So you knew there was chance that it may not be the prettiest game. And it was most definitely not.

First Period

The Canucks opened the scoring halfway through the period. At the end of a horrendous Calgary powerplay, the Canucks rushed down the ice and Brandon Sutter wired one past Chad Johnson, tonight’s starter. Later, former Calgary Flames 2011 picks Sven Baertschi and Markus Granlund combined on a nice play to set up Jake Virtanen for a goal, with the entire Flames unit on the ice standing around watching.

It was not the nicest looking first period and it was 2-0 Canucks after 1, shots 8-8.

Second Period

The Flames started the second period looking a fair bit better than they did in the first, but they really were not able to generate much in terms of quality scoring chances. After a Canucks powerplay expired, Daniel Sedin blasted a shot that deflected up and off Loui Eriksson’s skate past a screened Chad Johnson to make the score 3-0.

Johnson was not playing bad by any means, he made some nice saves at times, but the Flames gave up much better opportunities to their opposition than they themselves had created.

3-0 Canucks after 2, shots 19-16 in their favour.

Third Period

Score effects took place and the Flames had a lot of shots on goal, moments of sustained offensive pressure and a really good looking powerplay. They did not end up on the scoreboard however. After outshooting the Canucks 14-1 in the third, the scoring of the game was rounded out by the Canucks, when Wideman high-sticked a puck down from behind his net, right in front of Chad Johnson who had no idea where the puck had gone, but Loui Eriksson did. 4-0 Canucks. It was that sort of night. Final shot count was 34-24 for the Flames, but their offense was not as threatening as the shot count would suggest.

Calgary Flames 3 Stars

It was really hard to find many players that looked good in this game. But there were a couple that had better games than the rest.

Other Thoughts

That’s the wrap on another way too long preseason, real hockey is just around the corner! The Flames finished with a record of 3 wins and 4 losses. The Flames still have some cuts to make before the season starts on Wednesday (and a signing of someone fairly important to the team’s success). Here is how I think the opening line up should look the opening night based on what has occurred this preseason, we shall see what happens.





Extras: Hathaway, Vey





With Elliott starting in goal obviously.

Flames open the season next Wednesday in Edmonton’s new arena. Hopefully they ruin the opening game party.

by samwell9