Calgary Flames 1 – Pittsburgh Penguins 4
1st: 16:05- Gaudreau (10) (Rieder/Backlund)
2nd: 12:13- Marino (4) (Pettersson/Kahun), 13:35- Rust (13) (Letang/Malkin)
3rd: 18:02- Malkin (9) (Rust/Marino), 18:22- Letang (8)
Don’t piss Johnny Gaudreau off. After some back-and-forth physical and verbal exchange with Joseph Blandisi, Johnny decides to let his goal do the talking and opens up the scoring for the Calgary Flames. With fierce defensive play covering Blandisi, it was Johnny all the way into the attack zone – with the back pass to Backlund-to-Rieder, and right back to #13 for his 10th goal. Johnny getting in some words while passing the Penguins bench, hyping up Tkachuk and the Flames.
The 1st period ends with shots in favour of the Flames 17-6. Dube, Lucic, and Backlund getting quality scoring chances, Tristan Jarry making some good saves to keep Pittsburgh within a goal.
The Flames barely able to kill off their second penalty of the game, and John Marino ties it up 1-1 at 12:13 into the 2nd period. 82 seconds later Bryan Rust makes it 2-1 for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Penguins caught on a bad line change, which ended up being a missed Too Many Men on the ice call – while everyone was focused on Dube and Lucic taking off on a 2-man breakaway, one too many passes between the two and Jarry holding strong in Pittsburgh net.
Tkachuk had the best scoring chance during the Flames power play in the 3rd period with his shot going off of the crossbar. Nail in the coffin twice – with Malkin and Letang registering empty net goals with Talbot out of the net for a Flames final push. The Flames lose two in a row falling 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Flames came out with an edge in the first period. Monahan pushing, chirping, and giving dagger eyes to Letang early in the game trying to set a tone. It was good to see Gaudreau showing some emotion that lead to his goal, and the Flames lone goal in this game.
Cam Talbot being rewarded with a start, played well making 29 saves keeping the Flames within one. Making a big save on a breakaway by Kahun in the second period.
Flame of The Game
I’m going with Dillion Dube. He had some speed with a leg up on Pettersson in his first shot of the game. He was quick on the 2-on-0 with Lucic at the end of the second, and if it weren’t for the two deciding on who was going to shoot between the 4 passes I'm sure there would’ve been a Flames goal.
12/19: Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7PM MT.
by Renu Sahota