The Calgary Flames should have never been in this game, but then again, they should have never lost. Kiprusoff was the best player in the game and stole another point for the Flames. The rest of the team could pick up their game considerably.
On this particular night, it was the Flames once again being out-shot and out-worked considerably. Despite this disparity, Tanguay capped a three point night and scored in the third to give the Flames a 3-2 lead with less than 5 minutes remaining.
You’d think that be enough, but no. The referees clearly decided this game with soft calls all night against the Flames. This wasn’t the worst officiated game all season, but close to. Multiple infractions against the Flames were uncalled, although blatant, and soft calls on the Flames were. Eventually, Tanguay was called for holding in the OT period and the Blackhawks capped a last minute tie and eventual win.
“I thought it was a pretty average call,” Tanguay said. “But, oh well, I guess it’s part of the game. “It was disappointing when you have the lead 3-2. Especially with 3 minutes left, you have to find a way to put the game away.”
Added Playfair: “We were playing a desperate hockey team that’s trying to scratch out points. I think we found our own way to get a point.” Glad to hear Playfair sees the positives and didn’t blow his top to get fined. He could have easily blamed the refs but didin’t.
Notes: Flames D Robyn Regehr missed his second game with the flu. … Calgary RW Chuck Kobasew also didn’t skate. He played in the Flames’ previous contest in Minnesota on Friday, but had missed the previous eight games with a concussion. … Flames players still out with long-term injuries include RW Jarome Iginla (missed 10th game with a knee sprain) and LW Darren McCarty (missed 15th game with a hip injury).