Granlund, Ortio lead Flames past Senators, 4-1
- Associated Press
- March 6, 2014 - 12:05 AM
CALGARY, Alberta — Markus Granlund scored his first NHL goal and fellow Finnish rookie Joni Ortio picked up his first career victory as the Calgary Flames beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Paul Byron, Joe Colborne and Mike Cammalleri also scored for Calgary, and rookie Sean Monahan had two assists. Ortio, making his second start, finished with 30 saves to help the Flames win for the sixth time in their last seven home games.
Kyle Turris scored his 20th goal of the season for Ottawa, which has lost four of its last five.
Granlund scored 2:04 into the first period and Byron doubled the lead at 9:12 of the second. Colborne made it 3-0 about 8 minutes later.
Turris spoiled Ortio's shutout bid just past midway through the third period.
Cammaleri's power-play goal a minute later capped the scoring.
The game came after a busy NHL trade deadline day in which the two teams went in different directions.
Ottawa was acquired Ales Hemsky from Edmonton earlier in the day. After scoring twice against the Senators on Tuesday night, the 30-year-old had two shots in 15:55 minutes of ice time, playing on a line with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.
Calgary, meanwhile, traded goaltender Reto Berra and winger Lee Stempniak. As a result, the Flames' lineup featured seven rookies.
On Granlund's opening goal, Max Reinhart — on his first NHL shift of the season — neatly stripped the puck from Zack Smith at the Senators' blue-line and the his attempted shot deflected into the slot where Granlund buried a shot past Craig Anderson.
Ortio was excellent all night, especially in the first period.
While he wasn't busy early as Calgary piled up the first seven shots on goal, the Senators turned things around in the second half of the first period beginning with Bobby Ryan's dangerous chance. As the Senators rattled off eight shots in a row, Ortio did well to preserve the Flames 1-0 lead headed to the second period.
Byron made it 2-0 with his first goal in 20 games as he neatly redirected Mark Giordano's point shot.
Calgary added to the lead on a pretty setup from Jiri Hudler who got the puck from Monahan in the corner and spun and sent a pass across the slot to Colborne who put a shot into the top corner.
Anderson finished with 24 saves.
Reinhart, linemates with Granlund most of the year with Abbotsford of the AHL, was called up by the Flames along with Corban Knight earlier in the day. Granlund, recalled last week, was playing his fourth game.
The Flames lost two players to injury. Dennis Wideman (upper body) finished the second period but did not play in the third. In the opening minute of the third, Hudler (upper body) left after he was knocked heavily into the boards by Clarke MacArthur. Down for a couple of minutes, he slowly left the ice under his own power.
The hit on Hudler sparked a minor melee with Byron and Chris Butler — two unusual guys to be in the middle of a scrum — for the Flames with MacArthur and Erik Condra for Ottawa.
NOTES: Ortio lost his debut last week, 2-0 to Los Angeles. ... Knight was playing his first NHL game... Calgary was without LW TJ Galiardi, who was injured at practice on Tuesday. Also absent was David Jones (upper body), who is out indefinitely. Matt Stajan (personal) is also away from the club. ... The Flames' 12 forwards who dressed for the game had a combined salary of $17.5 million — with Cammalleri and Hudler accounting for $10 million.
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