Friday night, the Flames blew a chance at 2 points due to terrible defense and terrible goaltending. Just 24 hours later, they played significantly better defensively, and got an all-star performance in net as Joni Ortio turned away all 36 shots that he faced. The Flames finally won in Vancouver, for the first time in a little over 3 years. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was a gritty and well deserved road victory.
Hartley put Backlund and Gaudreau together, along with Jones, and the line was dangerous all night. Backlund seems to be the C that is cerebral enough to be effective with Gaudreau. They seemed to have instant chemistry.
The Flames, led by a Finn, a Swede and a Yankee, finally beat the Canucks!
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