The second game of the season against the same team they faced in the season opener, but this time in Vancouver, the Calgary Flames looked to right the ship after putting up an abysmal season opener at home. Things got off to a good start with the visitors leading by one after the first. Vancouver tied it up and went up by one after two and it was the comeback kids finding their form in the third period, applying pressure like we remember.
The Flames are still out of sync in the backend, and are struggling to find offence. Most notably, their philosophy for the new supposedly ‘exciting’ three on three overtimes, the Flames’ employ a TWO D man strategy. What? This is supposed to be fun to watch, not three dudes on ice passing the puck. Go out and win Bob, don’t stay at home. The winning combos came off a lucky break in OT when Wideman managed to poke the puck on what would’ve been a clear cut breakaway for one of the Sedins. Instead Gaudreau broke in alone and scored the OT winner. 2 forwards and 1 D man on the ice at that time.
A good effort by the Flames, who dont’ look like a dominant team right now, but there’s still time to iron out the kinks.
Notes: Mason Raymond in for Josh Jooris and he was a noticeable upgrade. THe waiver wakeup may be enough to shake him back into form. The goalie controversy thickens. Everyone knows Hiller is the better goalie, but he may yield the biggest returna nd help the team win more games. He was in net today and was stellar with a game saving stop in OT.