In Vancouver for a tilt with the Canucks, the Calgary Flames aimed to get back into the win column after a lackluster effort and loss to the Buffalo Sabres last night. Dan Vladar started in goal for the Flames while Thatcher Demko started for Vancouver.
The Flames came to play.
From the opening puck drop, they were the better team in every facet of the game, and really took it to the Canucks all night long. Noah Hanifin opened the scoring early in the first off a nice feed from Calle Jarnkork. It was Hanifin’s sixth of the season and Jarnkrok’s first point as a Flame.
Matthew Tkachuk and Rasmus Andersson added goals for the Flames in the first period and they headed to the first intermission with a commanding 3-0 lead. They could have easily been up by five or six but Demko made some excellent saves and the Flames missed some wide open nets as well. The first was a pretty accurate representation of how the rest of the game went as well.
The Canucks came out swinging early in the second and had extended zone time early on. They hemmed the Flames’ fourth line and third pairing for almost three and a half minutes, but were unable to capitalize. Instead, the puck went back the other way shortly afterwards and Elias Lindholm deposited the puck behind Demko. The Flames took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission.
Jaroslav Halak was in net for the Canucks for the start of the third period. Johnny Gaudreau drew a penalty early in the third, and then scored on the power play to extend the Flames lead to five. The Canucks pushed back as the third went on, scoring goals from Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser, but that’s as close as they would come.
The Flames now head home for a six-game home stand.
Visualizations of the game are below.
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