Flames win 6-2 over Panthers in Matthew Tkachuk’s first game in Calgary – Calgary
Dillon Dube scored shorthanded and had two assists for the Calgary Flames in a 6-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday.
Rasmus Andersson, Jonathan Huberdeau, Tyler Toffoli and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist, and Brett Ritchie also scored for the Flames (10-9-3), who improved to 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.
Calgary goaltender Dan Vladar made 30 saves for the win.
Nick Cousins and Sam Reinhart replied for the Panthers (10-9-4), who fell to 3-4-3 in their last 10 games. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 17 of 23 shots in the loss.
Tuesday’s game marked the return of Matthew Tkachuk, a Calgary Flame in his first six NHL seasons, to the Saddledome after his summer trade with the Florida Panthers.
Tkachuk, 24, was a restricted free agent who told the Flames he wouldn’t sign long-term with the team.
He was booed every time he touched the puck on Tuesday, but the winger also received a partial standing ovation during a video honoring him early in the first period.
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The Flames got Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional draft pick from Florida for Tkachuk.
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After scoring three unanswered goals in the first period, the Flames led 4-2 heading into the third.
Mangiapane and Dube combined on a second goal on an odd run with Mangiapane finishing it at 18:54.
Bobrovsky stopped Huberdeau on a breakaway with just under five minutes left, but Huberdeau got the loose puck to feed Toffoli for a single strike from the hash marks at 15:22.
Both goaltenders gave up weak goals in the second period. Reinhart’s low shot from the top of the faceoff circle beat Vladar’s outstretched glove at 16:55.
Ritchie’s sharp angle shot on a rebound tied a Bobrovsky out of position at 15:29.
Trailing 3-0, the Panthers struck early in the second when Cousins redirected Gustav Forsling’s pass at 9:54.
Andersson scored Calgary’s third goal at 13:03 of the first period. When Bobrovsky gave up a long rebound, the Flames defenseman got inside on Florida’s Aleksi Heponiemi to get an outside shot.
Huberdeau took his stick on a rebound during a goal rush. The puck deflected off the legs and sticks and ended up in the net for a power play goal at 9:21.
Dube’s backhand redirect beat Bobrovsky 2-1 with Mangiapane for the shorthanded goal at 3:05.
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