Calgary Flames 3 Tampa Bay Lightning 6
The Flames came in to this contest riding a season high 6 game winning streak and were looking for 7, but the Lightning had other ideas as they took down the well rested Flames 6-3.
Calgary came out flying and got the jump on the Lightning early. Tampa took an early penalty and the burgeoning Flames PP made the Lightning pay. Sean Monahan put a beautiful pass on Troy Brouwer’s stick and he redirected it home to put the Flames up 1-0, 3 minutes into the contest. The Flames held onto that 1 goal lead for 7 minutes until the Lightning got their own PP goal. Dougie Hamilton took a double minor for high sticking and Brian Boyle got his first of the night by tipping home a shot from the point passed Chad Johnson and we were knotted at 1. Three minutes later, Mr. Boyle struck again, taking a feed from Valtteri Filppula and Lightning grabbed a 2-1 lead. That’s how the first period would end and the second didn’t offer anything better.
Four minutes into the second period Braydon Coburn put the Lightning up 3-1 on his 1st goal in more than 100 games with Vladislav Namestnikov and Alex Killorn getting the helpers. The Lightning weren’t done. With a little under 2 minutes left in the period Andrej Sustr continued the onslaught by putting Tampa Bay up 4-1 with his 1st goal of the season. The Flames had a few good chances in the 2nd, but Ben Bishop shut the door at every opportunity and Calgary remained stuck on one goal as the second period came to an end.
Chad Johnson would get the gate between periods after giving up 4 goals on 27 shots. Brian Elliott would get between the pipes for the first time in 10 games and he was tested early and the results weren’t good. Alex Killorn would score an unassisted, shorthanded goal and all of a sudden the Lightning appeared to put this game out of reach, up 5-1. Unbeknownst to the Lightning, the Flames had other ideas. Cedric Paquette took a slashing penalty and that Calgary PP struck again.
TJ Brodie got his second goal of the season, assists from Browuer and Gaudreau, and the Flames were able to cut the deficit to 5-2.
And a very short :21 later, Micheal Ferland found the back of the net and the Flames, in an instant, were right back in the game, down 5-3. Unfortunately for the good guys that was as close as the Flames would get. With Brian Elliott on the bench for the extra skater, Alex Killorn would find the empty net and finish off the Flames 6-3.
Calgary showed a lot grit in the third by trying to dig themselves out of a hole, but they came up just short in the end. The Flames had multiple opportunities and capitalized on many, but Ben Bishop stymied the Flames when they need a goal the most. With the winning streak stopped at 6, the Flames will try and get things going again when the equally as hot Columbus Blue Jackets come to town Friday night.
Flame of the Game: T.J. Brodie. Brodie had 2 points tonight, scoring his 2nd goal of the season and getting a helper on Troy Brouwer’s first period goal. Brodie hasn’t has the easiest of seasons so far, so it was nice to see the veteran defenceman get on the board and get the Flames going in their attempted comeback.