Both Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames took to the ice on Sunday evening, the former taking part in the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game, and the latter facing off against the Ottawa Senators in regular NHL action.
The Flames, losers of three straight, aimed to get back into the win column as their season-long road trip continued. It was the first edition of the Tkachuk bowl since Brady Tkachuk was awarded the captaincy in Ottawa, and it was a winnable game for the Flames as several regular Senators were out of the lineup in the COVID protocol.
Walker Duehr also made his NHL debut, which was the result of a solid training camp with the Flames coupled with standout performances in the AHL.
The first period was fairly sloppy for both teams. Neither the Flames or Senators could get much going, and the Flames found themselves in penalty trouble throughout the first frame. They managed to kill off all their penalties including a 5-on-3, and jumped out in front with a nice tip-in goal from Andrew Mangiapane. It was a milestone goal for Mangiapane. It was the fastest a Flames player has scored 10 goals to open a season since Iginla did it all the way back in 2007–08.
The Flames really poured it on in the second period. The owned almost all the shots and scoring chances in the period, adding two goals along the way. Elias Lindholm scored his eighth of the year, and Matthew Tkachuk scored his seventh on the powerplay.
Nikita Zadorov scored the team’s fourth goal early in the third period, and that’s all she wrote. The Flames grinded away the rest of the clock and Dan Vladar stopped all 27 Senators shots to record his first shutout.
Data visualizations from the game are below.
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