Connect with us

Calgary Flames

Lighting 2, Flames 0 Recap

The Flames ended their five game homestand the way they spent most of it: by not scoring any goals.



Welcome to the rebuild, Calgary. The Flames have now scored one goal in their last four games.

The game started off truculently enough, as newest facepuncher Kevin Westgarth cross checked Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop for no apparent reason. This resulted in a Tampa powerplay. The Lightning were unable to cash in on the man advantage, but got their vengeance soon enough as a fight between Westgarth and Ryan Malone broke out nowhere near the play. This, of course, had absolutely no real affect on the game, as these things tend not to.

Mikael Backlund did a better job of proving the Flames as tough to play against when he bulled his way to a partial breakaway, drawing a penalty as Eric Brewer hooked him. Mike Cammalleri actually did bat the puck in off Backlund’s efforts, but the refs had already whistled the play dead. The Flames were unable to score on the powerplay, and left the first period with five shots on net to Tampa’s 13.

The second period was when things started to happen. Karri Ramo, who was absolutely stellar all game, finally got beat seven seconds after a penalty to Cammalleri expired. Ondrej Palat roofed the puck over Ramo’s glove to put the Lightning on the board.

The Lightning would extend their lead just eight seconds after another Cammalleri penalty expired, when Palat made a perfect pass to Nikita Kucherov, who easily beat out Ladislav Smid for the puck and was able to tip it in.

While the Flames were not having themselves a particularly good game, neither were the referees. During a powerplay Cammalleri actually drew, Matt Carle lost his skate blade. He stood by his net helplessly while his team managed to clear the puck from the zone. The official nearest him retrieved the blade, and play continued… until the Flames brought the puck back into the offensive zone, when it was whistled dead. Normally, a lost skate blade doesn’t result in calling the play dead, but to wait for the Flames to gain the zone until doing so was particularly perplexing (and drew quite the ire from the crowd).

The Flames began to press more in the third period, but were unable to break Bishop's shutout bid. Tampa came close to scoring again when Ramo finally had enough and skated out to try to clear the puck himself, only to turn it over, but they missed on the shot. Ramo was outstanding all game long, however, stopping 27 of 29 shots, and not really having a chance on the two that got by him.

Also, Westgarth and Brian McGrattan played in the third. Westgarth especially towards the end, for some reason. Because if there’s one thing two guys who have two points between them (both McGrattan’s) are going to do, it’s help come back from a 2-0 deficit. This is your team, Burke.

Some thoughts:

The Flames will try to score their first goal of 2014 when they visit the Colorado Avalanche on January 6.

by Ari Yanover