The Carolina Hurricanes (8-17-4) and Calgary Flames (12-13-2) battled it out last night in a strange, high-scoring affair. Calgary came out hard in the first period, putting 10 shots on goal in just the first few minutes of the game and it looks like the Canes just couldn’t get their feet out from underneath them. The Flames scored their first goal just 3:07 in from Jerome Iginla and registered another one late in the period from Lee Stempniak as Calgary lead 2-0 after the first. It wouldn’t take long into the second period for the Flames to strike again as Brendan Morrison scored just 42 seconds in. Jiri Tlusty was awarded a penalty shot after not being able to register a scoring chance on a breakaway at 5:39, and made a beautiful move to beat Miikka Kiprusoff. Tim Brent, who was scratched in the previous game against Pittsburgh, netted his 3rd of the season and the Canes were only behind by 1. Rene Bourque quickly regained the Flames’ 2-goal lead, just 50 seconds after Brent’s goal. The third period ended up being a scoring frenzy, with the Canes outscoring the Flames 4-3 in the frame, including 2 goals in the last minute from Chad LaRose and Eric Staal. At the end of the day, the Flames skated away with a 7-6 victory.
Some notes/observances from last night’s game:
- The Canes special teams play continue to cost them games. The penalty kill gave up a power play goal and the Canes did not register a power play goal on the night, going 0/3.
- Tomas Kaberle was one of the best defensemen of the night (no, that’s not a typo) … he had 2 assists, was a +3 and played a shade over 20 minutes of ice time.
- Joni Pitkanen went down with what was described as an upper body injury. I haven’t seen any timetable as to his return, so he might be out of the lineup tonight against Edmonton.
- Mike Murphy made NHL history — the first goaltender to ever record a loss without allowing a goal. Iginla’s empty netter at 18:51 of the third period was the game winner and Murphy was the goaltender on record at the time, after he relieved Cam Ward with about 9 minutes to go in the third.
- Eric Staal had his first multi-goal game in what seems like forever after getting 3 points (2G, 1A) for the night and lead the team with 8 shots on goal.