This was the one that almost got away. After a solid 40 minutes (3-0 after 2), the Flames were guilty of sitting back a little in the last period, which meant a couple quick goals and Detroit was right back in it. That made for an exciting finish for fans, although I’m certain the Flames would rather have not had to go through that.
So what’s up with Alex Tanguay?
“I can’t even pinpoint anything on it,” Sutter said after Thursday’s morning skate, which also did not include forwards Rene Bourque (suspension), Matt Stajan (ankle) and David Moss (foot). “I will say that I was somewhat surprised after the game (Tuesday against Minnesota) . . . he’s played some of his best hockey in the last four games of the whole year. I was quite surprised to see that he was going to be out on a day-to-day basis. We’ll just monitor it and see where it goes.”