Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames @ Scotiabank Saddledome
3-2 Final OT
After having their playoff dreams eliminated, the Calgary Flames look to end their season on a better note than the first-half of their season. The Vancouver Canucks look to get their skates under them before heading into the playoffs. There is no time to sit back for this West Coast team.
Tonight's game is also a good glimpse at the lines and pairings for the playoffs. For the first time this season, Vancouver is playing all six of their Top 6 defencemen.
Alain Vigneault and his staff started Cory Schneider tonight to give him his 25th appearance of the season to give him a chance to run for the Jennings Trophy which is awarded to the goalie who has the lowest GAA after 25 appearances.
A solid 20 minutes passed, but then the second started and the ice tilted. Two minutes and thirty-nine seconds into the period, Flames captain Jarome Iginla scored the first goal of the game on the PP. It was a snapper of a shot that beat Schenider. And then about 10 minutes after, another PPG beat Schneider from Mikael Backlund and his slapper. Many shots were given up and allowed on the net than in contrast to the first. From 11-13 in the first in favour of Vancouver, the shots were 19-7 in favour of Calgary. If that's not an ice tilt then tell me what is.
No way was Vancouver going to be shutout in their last game. At the start of the third, Vancouver came out with more energy and more determination than in the second. Alex Burrows broke the goose egg, after he beat the Calgary defenceman to eventually beat Henrik Karlsson in net.
The game is eventually tied up with a Vancouver PPG of their own. With a little help from Alex Edler and Sedin, Ryan Kesler tied the game up at two with a snapper of a shot in the shooting lane on one knee. Quite a beauty, if I say so.
After two unanswered goals, the two rivaled teams head to OT. And just like that at 2:41 of the OT period, Christian Ehrhoff lets a rocket go to get the GWG. Karlsson may have argued that Mason Raymond interfered with him, but no one bought it and the goal stood.
It was a good season, Calgary. It's going to be a pleasure seeing you again next season to renew our rivalry.
(1) Mark Giordano
(2) Ryan Kesler
(3) Mikael Backlund