Seven in a row.
Seven in a row.
Well that’s now six.
Calgary has lost six straight games in regulation for the first time since Jan. 13-25, 2010 and has not earned a point since a 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 4. The Flames hadn’t previously lost back-to-back games in regulation this season before their current skid.
Well, that’s now five games in a row. It’s not like the Flames have played any worse than they have been, it’s more like a market correction that you knew was coming.
The loss moves Calgary out of the playoff race. I know it’s early, but the Flames are going to have to play the way they did the first 25 games for another 50 games if they want to eek their way into the playoffs.
Although the score isn’t flattering, it was actually closer than you think.
Calgary came out pretty good in the first period, but after Gaudreau missing a glorious chance the Leafs were able to take the puck up the ice and score to go ahead 1-0 after 20.
The second period was all Toronto and Calgary was lucky to get out of that period with just being down 2-0.
The Flames did all they could in the third. They scored on the power-play to come within one and they had many chances to tie the game in the final 10 minutes of the game. However the go-to Bob Hartley trick didn’t work this time, as the Maple Leafs scored two empty net goals to win 4-1.
Matt Stajan returns, takes a penalty in the final 5 minutes to put the Flames down two men essentially killing 2 minutes of the third period when Calgary needed some offence.
I’m not blaming Stajan, but it’s awfully coincidental that he comes back and Calgary can’t weave a little more late-game magic.
The game had it all.
A boring first period. An exciting second period. A back and forth third period. A come from behind goal in the last minute of the game. An overtime winner from the home team. No fights. No bad calls. (So I guess the game had it most). A couple huge saves. A beautiful goal from Alex Tanguay. A non-performance from Jarome Iginla.
Fun times these are.
Hat trick by who?
Calgary Flames forward Josh Jooris didn’t hesitate to pinpoint that his previous hat trick came in his first game as a freshman with Union College four years ago. He didn’t expect his next one to come Tuesday.
Another win, another shutout. Karri Ramo stopped 26 shots, and T.J. Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary (15-8-2). Ramo earned his fourth straight win and second consecutive shutout. Hudler played a major role with a goal and two assists in the Calgary Flames’ 3-0 win over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.
TJ Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames (15-8-2), who have won six of their past eight games. The win moved Calgary within a point of the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division, and a 9-5-0 road record is a big reason why the Flames are near the top of their division.
The Flames (14-8-2), coming off a 3-2 loss Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, won the second of back-to-back games for the third time in three tries. They are 8-0-1 in the game following a loss.
The Flames assigned forward Corban Knight to Adirondack of the American Hockey League to make room on the roster for David Jones, who was activated from injured reserve after missing four games with an upper-body injury.
The Flames announced that injured forward Mikael Backlund had an abdominal procedure Wednesday and is week-to-week. According to general manager Brad Treliving, Backlund has a weakening of the abdominal wall that was strengthened with a mesh plate. Treliving said Backlund might resume skating in two weeks.
While giving up a two goal lead may be surmountable, a three goal lead is not. At least not against the West-leading Ducks, in their own barn, where Calgary hasn’t won in 19 straight tries.
It was close though. The Flames gave up a goal late in the second period (5 seconds left) that was a tough one to take. Deryk Engelland let him man walk out from the corner and Jonas Hiller let a soft goal beat him five-hole. That made it 3-0 heading into the third.
Calgary made a game of it, as they scored early enough in the third period. Then with 3:30 left in the game, Hartley pulled Hiller early (again) and Johnny Gaudreau scored to bring the Flames within one. However the goal was kicked in, therefore disallowed. Calgary scored again with 25 seconds remaining to legally pull within one, but it was too little to late. If the goal Johnny wasn’t disallowed we would have gone to OT. But it wasn’t. So we didn’t.