The Calgary Flames gave up more points against another team they should’ve handedly beat. Going up 3-0 in the first period the Flames took the foot off the gas for 45 minutes and ended up losing in overtime. Leland Irving started his third game up from the AHL and at times showed displays of brilliance, and some rookie mistakes. He was scrambly in tight around the crease but in no means was the cause of this loss.
The team as a whole thought they had it in the bag after the first period and were throughly dominated for the remaining two periods. This type of lazy play ‘a la Rene Bourque’ won’t get them any closer to the playoffs. Playing against sub .500 teams should be 2 points without question. Calgary gives up too many games against these kinds of teams.
Secondary Scoring Woes Mount
Although Calgary scored three two were lucky goals against a shaky goalie. In the past few games apart from the top line scoring has been tough to come by. The Flames will quickly fall into oblivion if the players don’t figure out how to score some goals. I’m looking squarely at the 2nd and 3rd line who can’t put up points.
What they can do it seems is get stupid idiotic penalties. Late in the game Cory Sarich on a stupid interference play (he’ll get suspended in this finicky league no doubt), and then lazy Rene Bourque in overtime in the offensive zone no doubt. Bourque needs to sit a game or two to get his head in order.
If the Flames don’t change their attitude and their performance this season is over before they return from their extended road trip.
Notes: Derek Smith out with a high ankle sprain. Clay Wilson recalled after Joe Piskula sent down. Anton Babchuk back in the lineup