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Calgary Flames' report card

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

GOALTENDING

#34 Miikka Kiprusoff -- The first-period goals he allowed were stoppable -- great goalies make the great saves -- but dialed in soon after and turned in his best performance of the pre-season.

DEFENCE

#4 Roman Hamrlik -- Caught flat-footed by Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund on the same shift. Unlucky break on the second goal -- the puck bounced off his skate to goal scorer Josh Green.

#7 Andrei Zyuzin -- He finally hit the net with a point shot and guess what? It went in the top corner.

#8 Brad Ference -- A mediocre performance was salvaged by showing his physical side while on a few penalty-killing shifts in the third.

#21 Andrew Ference -- Twice nearly scored by going to the net. A couple of hairy moments but logged a ton of minutes.

#46 Mark Giordano -- Tough first period. He twice fell due to the soft ice but showed much better after. His patience with the puck continues to show.

#49 Richie Regehr -- Took a punishing hit from Alexandre Burrows. Played the least of all the defencemen.

FORWARDS

#11 Stephane Yelle -- Excellent penalty killing from the savvy vet, just what you'd expect. Limped to the bench and only played a couple of shifts after a low hit from Kevin Bieksa.

#12 Jarome Iginla -- Game-opening goal was a sight to behold, a top-corner, one-timed rocket of a slapper. One of the few forwards who controlled play with the puck in the offensive zone.

#15 Byron Ritchie -- Defensive zone giveaway resulted in Canucks' second goal.

#16 Jeff Friesen -- Another player whose ice time was low due to the penalties.

#18 Matthew Lombardi -- Soft backcheck contributed to Vancouver's first goal. A couple of stronger defensive plays afterward.

#19 Chuck Kobasew -- Used his speed to zoom past Mattias Ohlund. Still, wasn't as noticeable as you'd like.

#20 Kristian Huselius -- Willingness to be creative in the offensive zone led to a couple of offensive chances.

#22 Daymond Langkow -- Continues to be a real leader by playing an assertive and physical game, too. Willingness to go to the front of the net, one of the few to do so, is noticeable.

#24 Jamie Lundmark -- For some inexplicable reason just isn't moving with the puck or playing with confidence. Was minus-2 on the night.

#25 Darren McCarty -- Making up ground and effort is there but still a step or so behind where he needs to be as effective forechecker.

#26 Marcus Nilson -- Outstanding job on the PK saved Calgary's bacon during a third-period four-on-three.

#40 Alex Tanguay -- Played little due to all the Vancouver powerplays.


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