Calgary Flames Give Vancouver Canucks Sedin Bros BDay Gift


Sep 26, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin (22) moves the puck in front of Calgary Flames defenseman Patrick Sieloff (50) and defenseman Ryan Culkin (67) and goaltender Doug Carr (40) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday September 24th the Calgary Flames sent Sylvan Lake fans and families home happy.  On Friday September 26th, the Calgary Flames sent birthday boys Henrik and Daniel Sedin home happy.  The Calgary Flames would taste defeat 3-0 and would be swept in the home-and-home series with the Vancouver Canucks.

1st Period Firewood

The Sam Bennett show continued to impress.  I counted 6 separate shifts where Mr. Bennett created positive energy for our Flames.  I believe he also was credited with the Calgary Flames first two shots.  The only objection I will throw out against Bennett was when he was up along the boards with either of the Sedin twins, he could have and should have been more physical.

The first Calgary Flames penalty kill featured defensive prospects causing my blood pressure to bounce around like a ball in a bingo machine.  Ryan Culkin gets caught cheating and the Canucks get a scoring opportunity EEP.  Patrick Sieloff neatly blocks a shot and clears the zone FISTPUMP.  John Ramage played the role of pylon as another Canuck offensive opportunity tests Flames goalie Karri Ramo JEEPERS.

2nd Period Firewood

Canucks starting goaltender Ryan Miller played half the period.  I’m not sure he even had to get into the butterfly stance as the Flames never even threatened to take a shot on goal.  Admittedly I was worried when I saw the projected defensive pairings for the games but I didn’t believe the Flames would be so thoroughly dominated in a period.

Markus Granlund took two penalties in the period.  The bigger grumble about Granlund’s second period was when he got out of the penalty box after his first penalty, Granlund started an offensive 3-on-2.  When the pass came back, Granlund differed the shot to Brandon Bolling – – take the flippin shot Granlund!!

Not once but twice, Calgary Flames prospect defenseman Keegan Kanzig was caught pinching resulting in odd man rushes for the Vancouver Canucks.  I’ll take a shot in the not-so-dark and suggest this is the last we have seen of Mr. Kanzig this preseason.

Vancouver scored 2 powerplay goals.  Let’s put that into perspective:

3rd Period Firewood

Until this period I had been thoroughly disappointed thus far by defensive prospect John Ramage.  Mr. Ramage was the best Calgary defenseman in that period and should have earned himself at least another game under the watchful eye of Flames Coach Bob Hartley.