Flames overcome shaky start against Carolina

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The Calgary Flames weren’t great Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. Their puck management wasn’t great, they had too many turnovers and their defensive play was uncertain at times. But after spotting a 2-0 lead over Carolina in the first period, the Flames put on their work boots and managed to get back into the swing of things.

A Tyler Toffoli goal in overtime earned the Flames a 3-2 victory over the Hurricanes.

For the third time in five games, the Flames allowed the first goal. This time, the Hurricanes dislodged a puck off Nazem Kadri’s stick in the neutral zone which was picked up by Sebastian Aho. Aho zoomed into the Flames area, rounded Noah Hanifin and beat Jacob Markstrom over five holes to give the ‘Canes a 1-0 lead.

The Hurricanes made it 2-0 midway through the period on a somewhat odd streak. The Hurricanes tossed the puck in a two-on-two run and were beaten for the puck – Stefan Noesen punctured a tire when he got to the puck, Carolina managed to hold the puck. Carolina rolled the puck and got a few good chances, including a stoppage where Markstrom lost his stick, ending with a point shot from Calvin de Haan beating Markstrom to make it 2-0 for the visitors.

But the Flames managed to reply on the power play a few minutes later. Just 23 seconds from their power play, Rasmus Andersson’s point shot was deflected by Tyler Toffoli. Antti Raanta made the first save, but Nazem Kadri jumped on the rebound and beat Raanta to cut the lead to 2-1.

First-period shooting was 12-6 for the Hurricanes (13-2 for the Hurricanes at five-on-five), while the five-on-five scoring odds were 18-3 for the Hurricanes (hazard odds were 8-1 for the Hurricanes).

At the start of the second period, the Flames managed to equalize. The Flames were making a line change and Brett Ritchie was the only man left in the Carolina zone, facing a few defenders. He tossed the puck onto the net at a bad angle, just slightly over the goal line in the corner, and it went against Raanta to tie the game at 2-2.

The Flames earned a late period break. The Hurricanes reached the offensive zone as the clock ticked down and got a few good chances. Markstrom made a few early saves, but the Flames failed to grab the rebound and Derek Stepan scored in net. But the Flames contested the goal and it was wiped out after it was determined that the initial entry into the area had been offside.

Second-period shooting was 14-2 Flames (10-2 Flames five-on-five) with five-on-five odds being 5-2 Hurricanes (high-risk odds 1-0 Hurricanes).

Neither team scored in the third period, as it was basically two well-structured teams trying to figure out which of them would make the first big mistake. Neither team made a big enough mistake in the period to settle this game in regulation time.

Third-period shooting was 12-8 for the Hurricanes (8-3 for the Hurricanes at five-on-five) and the Hurricanes’ five-on-five scoring odds were 7-2 for the Hurricanes (highest odds). dangerous were 3-0 for the Hurricanes).

Both teams had their chances in overtime, but Tyler Toffoli scored with 29.8 seconds left in three-on-three to give the Flames a 3-2 win.

The Flames weren’t good in this game. In regulation, the five-on-five odds were 30-7 for the Hurricanes and the high-risk odds were 12-1 for the Hurricanes. The Flames controlled the flow of play better after the first period, but Carolina got far more chances and better quality chances.

But after a somewhat shaky play, Markstrom made some solid saves in the closing stages of the game and the Flames managed to be good enough defensively to take this game into overtime. From there, they managed to be opportunistic and get the extra point.

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Let’s go with Mikael Backlund, who led the team in shots in regulation, won over 60% of his faceoffs in regulation and was pretty solid in all three zones.

The Flames had to kill a double minor after Blake Coleman was called for cross-checking Brent Burns in the face. They got some big saves from Markstrom and some key defensive plays, which allowed the Flames to lead this game into overtime.

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Rasmus Andersson’s assist on Calgary’s first goal was Andersson’s 100th assist of NHL career.

The Flames (4-1-0) are back in action Tuesday night as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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