Saturday, October 10, 2015

RECAP: 10 Takeaways From the Flames’ 3-2 OT Win Against Vancouver

Credit: Sergei Belski - USA Today Sports
The Flames got their first win of the 2015-16 season on Saturday, downing the Vancouver Canucks in the second game of a home-and-home by a score of 3-2. It was also the first game for both clubs involving 3-on-3 overtime.

Want to know more about said game? Well, you're in the right place. Read on for 10 takeaways from this Flames/Canucks match.

The Game

- You know who had a great game on Saturday? Mason Raymond. He was held off the scoresheet, but he still managed five shots, four of which came in the first period. If he's trying to make his case for increased playing time, he's doing it the right way.

- You know who looked terrible on Saturday? Dennis Wideman. The Canucks scored two goals in the second period, both as a result of one of his penalties. He was also fighting the puck all night long, the most notable instance of this being one dreadful giveaway in overtime off a faceoff.

- Jonas Hiller looked sharp in this game. Many of his 28 saves were quite important, including this timely effort late in the first period:

- Dougie Hamilton scored his first goal as a Flame in this game: a slick wrister over the shoulder of Ryan Miller to open the scoring in the opening frame.

- The other regulation goal for the Flames came off the stick of one Sean Monahan. The Canucks' goals came courtesy of Bo Horvat and Jared McCann.

- This game was tied at the end of regulation, so, for the first time for both clubs, the game went to 3-on-3 overtime.

- The Flames chose to employ 2 defencemen and one forward in this overtime period.

- Johnny Gaudreau won the game for the Flames at the 3:03 mark of overtime with this smooth finish on a partial breakaway:
- With that goal, Johnny Hockey now has points on all four Flames goals this season.

- Finally, what is this supposed to mean?

Your Flame of the Game 

Many fans would choose Johnny Gaudreau and his 3-point effort to be given this honour, but instead, it goes to Mason Raymond, who played with the intensity and willingness of a player in risk of losing his job. If he continues to play like this, I'd have no problem with him in my top-nine. Excellent game, Mason!

Worst Flame of the Game

Yeah, it's you, Dennis. Two awful penalties, more awful giveaways... I don't even want to talk about it. Try again next game.

Up Next

The Flames take Thanksgiving off for another 3-day rest between games, suiting back up next Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Puck drop is at 7:00 PM. You can watch it on Sportsnet Flames, or listen on the FAN 960.

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