The Morning After
Calgary Flames 4 – Chicago Blackhawks 8
As far as masterpieces go, this was not one of them. The Flames were on their heels from the get go as Chicago scored on their first shot of the evening and things started to go down hill from there. Calgary was able to come back and tie the game twice to get the contest to 2-2, but after that brief reprieve the Blackhawks put the Flames away with six more goals.
It was a rough night for Calgary’s goaltending tandem of David Rittich and Cam Talbot. Rittich got the start and surrendered four goals on 15 shots before betting the hook and Talbot wasn’t much better in relief. He gave up four as well after only seeing 13 shots. All in all a nightmare for the guys in the crease.
With that said Calgary’s defence was atrocious. Chicago scored three times from the high slot with NO ONE even close to them. Dominik Kubalik literally scored a goal with four Flames standing around him. Seriously, they were standing there watching him shoot. The Only Flames defender not in the minus column last night was Brandon Davidson, who was +1, but he only played 11 minutes.
The loss dropped Calgary to 30-24-6 and the Anaheim Ducks await them Monday night surely seeking revenge after the Flames embarrassed them on home ice 6-0 Thursday night. Despite the loss the Flames still hold the top WC spot in the West.
-Streaky Lindholm: Elias Lindholm has been automatic and one of the few, if only, consistent (good) Flames this season. Lindy had two goals last night, extending his points streak to 10 games and he’s closing in on a career high in goals of 30.
-Double Your Fun: Sam Bennett scored twice last night as well and was one of the best Flames on the ice. His two goals marked the first time he’s had a multi goal game this season.
-Twist Of Kane: Patrick Kane had a brilliant game for the Blackhawks, scoring once and collecting two helpers. He now has points in 16 of his last his last 18 games and he eclipsed the 70 point plateau for the 9th time in his career.
Post Game Reaction
by Mark Parkinson