The Calgary Flames have yet to lose the the game in the month of December. They have won nine games in row at home and now must find ways to do the same on the road.
With a comfortable lead going up 4-1 in the third period, Calgary seemed to be coasting to a sure victory. A defensive meltdown late, largely due to some penalty trouble and more spotty goaltending, push the game into overtime.
Here’s the post game vignette.
- Fans were noticeable excited the moment John Gaudreau stepped on the ice. The script had all the makings of another game-winning-goal for a hat-trick performance. Gaudreau at one glorious opportunity but couldn’t tuck the puck past the outstretched pad of the goaltender.
- The game shouldn’t have made it to overtime. Jonas Hiller please first back to back game in months but did little to solidify his position as a starting goalie. He let in two, maybe three shaky goals. Kari Ramo can’t return to the crease soon enough.
- Return back to the lineup with Kris Russell, if three games with a hand injury. When is sesame ice is evident that the one of the league’s leading shop blockers only amasses the stat because he’s constantly losing the puck we’re dropping too deep.
- Deryk Engelland sat in his place.
- Still struggling to find his game is Sam Bennett, it doesn’t help that Jiri Hudler is having his own struggles and both play on the same line.
- Special teams continues to be a sore point on the team. The power-play once absolutely ineffective yet again, and the penalty kill gave up an untimely goal late
- Calgary five on five play is on fire right now. They seem unbeatable when their tenacious forecheck gets moving.
- With the win Calgary sits two points of behind the final playoff spot with one game in hand.