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No Puck Luck vs Ducks, Flames Fall in OT

Calgary played well again, but fell in OT

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Calgary Flames 2 – Anaheim Ducks 3 (OT)

1st Period: CGY – Coleman (1) (Gaudreau) 7:43, ANA – Fowler (1) (Shattenkirk, Terry) PPG 15:56

2nd Period: CGY – Lindholm (2) (Gaudreau, Andersson) 3:52

3rd Period: ANA – Rakell (2) (Henrique, Mahura) 12:55

OT: ANA – Drysdale (1) (Terry) 3:26

After two games of the 2021-22 season, the Calgary Flames have 90 shots but just four goals to show for themselves as they now sit with a 0-1-1 record. While Saturday’s tilt against the Oilers was frustrating, tonight will really feel like a night that the Flames did more than enough to earn the two points as they really controlled the majority of play through sixty minutes.

Calgary got off to an early lead with newcomer Blake Coleman being sprung on a breakaway and beating John Gibson. His first goal in his first game with the club will inspire confidence in fans who are wary of any big Flames forward free agent signings based on the precedent set by other bad deals. Anaheim tied the game later in the period with a powerplay goal as Fowler scored through traffic.

The Flames re-took the lead in the second period with an extended shift started by the fourth line bleeding into a goal for the top line as Johnny Gaudreau found Elias Lindholm across the faceoff circles who beat a sliding Gibson for the 2-1 lead.

Calgary pushed hard for an insurance goal late in the 2nd and into the 3rd but it was Anaheim scoring next with Rickard Rakell taking advantage of a sloppy change and beating Markstrom with a perfect shot. In overtime, some sloppy defensive play gave Anaheim a 2-on-1 which led to the winning goal.

Final Thoughts

Flame of the Game

Andrew Mangiapane (F): While he didn’t end up on the scoresheet tonight, I really liked the game of Mangiapane as he was creating offense all night long with his linemates Dillon Dube and Sean Monahan. He fired six shots on net as well and was always hard on the puck. So far I have no issues with him in the top six.

The Flames are next in action on Thursday night when they take on the Detroit Red Wings as they kick off a long road trip. Puck drop is 5:30 MT.

by Michael MacGillivray