It was the season opener, and like most season openers… the Calgary Flames lost. Calgary hasn’t won a season opener since 2009.
They were clearly outplayed for most of the game. Although if they would have been able to capitalize on the early 5-on-3 they had, momentum would have been much different. That event sucked a lot of the life out the building, and gave energy to the Canucks. The Canucks swept the five-game series with Calgary last season and have won eight in a row against the Flames, including five straight in the Saddledome.
As far as who was noticeable? I thought that Kris Russell played well. As did Paul Byron and Mikael Backlund. I thought that Curtis Glencross and Matt Stajan looked slow and out of place. I guess that’s not really new news though, is it.
Next up? Edmonton. The Oilers are going to be jacked right up, so it should be a good game. And both teams are equally as bad!