SUN Hockey Pool

Flames Report Card

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

GOALTENDING

# 29 Jamie McLennan -- Strong start to his pre-season stopping 13 of 14 pucks. Had no chance on the shot that beat him.

# 31 Curtis McElhinney -- Denied Tommi Santala on the first real chance he faced after coming in midway through the game. More strong saves in the third.

DEFENCE

# 3 Dion Phaneuf -- Set the tone with a bone-crushing hit on Gordie Dwyer. Calgary's best skater from start to finish.

# 7 Andrei Zyuzin -- The goal scorer was behind Zyuzin when Vancouver went up 1-0. Willingness to shoot from the point will delight fans.

# 28 Robyn Regehr -- Had to take a holding penalty when Brandon Reid gained a step on him.

# 44 Rhett Warrener -- Solid first-period performance, breaking up the plays on penalty kill. Didn't play in the final 40 minutes.

# 46 Mark Giordano -- Continues to improve and make his case for a NHL job. Shows poise with the puck.

# 47 Tim Ramholt -- Ill-timed pinch led to Canucks powerplay. Was in no-man's land on Vancouver goal.

FORWARDS

# 10 Tony Amonte -- Well-deserved goal after setting up his linemates to no success earlier. Noticeably skating with a purpose.

# 15 Byron Ritchie -- Provided his typical performance, playing with energy and providing an effective forecheck.

# 16 Jeff Friesen -- Not an eyebrow raising performance from the newcomer. Begrudgingly got into a couple of altercations caused by hard hits.

# 22 Daymond Langkow -- Showed jump in his game. Came back with a flurry of punches to win a fight with Joe Rullier.

# 23 Eric Nystrom -- Physical play on the boards, exactly what he'll be looked to provide.

# 26 Marcus Nilson -- Quiet night in first game since his season-ending knee injury last March.

# 27 Andrei Taratukhin -- Is around the puck but not always able to make the play. Ran out of gas on a partial breakaway.

# 41 Dustin Boyd -- Looked better than last game, especially in being patient with the puck.

# 45 Derek Couture -- Quiet the first couple of periods. A couple of solid plays early in the third and a fight with Nathan McIver earned some attention.

# 57 Tomi Maki -- Exactly what he was advertised to be -- skated well, played smart and finished checks.

# 63 Warren Peters -- Good job penalty killing.

# 65 Adam Cracknell -- Solid performance in all areas ... Goal with 3:33 remaining in third period was a thing of beauty.


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