Calgary Flames 6 Colorado Avalanche 3
The Flames rolled into Denver to take on the league’s worst team in the Avalanche and they left with a 6-3 win. It wasn’t so much that they won, but more HOW they won. The Flames got 6 goals on the night, but only PUT 2 in on their own. Confused? Read on.
Remember that 1st period against the Canucks last week? Well, the first period of this game was the same. The Flames had a ton of great scoring opportunities, but Calvin Pickard shut the door every single time. Matthew Tkachuk. Johnny Gaudreau. Mark Giordano. Deryk Engelland. All had quality chances and got nothing out of it. Colorado on the other hand would get one and take a 1-0 lead into the first intermission. Gabriel Landeskog would race down the left side and take a feed from Nathan MacKinnon and beat Brian Elliott top glove side to put the Avs up 1. The Flames would out shoot Colorado 8-6, but Pickard made at least 5 highlight reel saves in the period.
Ok. I’m not even sure this period really happened. As both teams headed to the second intermission, the score was 4-2. It was 1-0 Colorado at the end of the first, but Calgary “scored” 4 second period goals to take the lead. Mikael Backlund (2), Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett each got credit on the score sheet for a goal, but not one of them actually put the puck in the net. Each goal the Flames scored was off of an Avalanche player and Johnny Gaudreau’s may have been the most ridiculous.
Gaudreau fired a slapshot from the point and it ricocheted off the boards and off of Calvin Pickard’s back and in. Bizarre. Pickard had been so dominant, yet he “gives up” 4 goals that weren’t his fault at all.
Former Flame Jarome Iginla got the Avs only goal of the period with an absolute bullet that beat Brian Elliott soundly. The Flames PK continued to be outstanding as they killed 3 penalties in the period, one set being a 5 on 3 at the end of the period. The Flames have now killed 16 straight penalties.
Five second period goals not enough for you? Well here came the 3rd period. The Flames would tally twice and Gabriel Landeskog would get his second of the game as the goals kept piling up. The difference in this period is the Flames actually put theirs in on their own.
Johnny Gaudreau headed up ice and fed Kris Versteeg who would get the puck back to Gaudreau who went top corner to put the Flames up 5-2.
Later in the period Gaudreau would return the favor as Kris Versteeg would blast one past Calvin Pickard to give the Flames a 6-3 lead that would hold.
The Flames continue to jump on teams early with little results. The Avs are lucky the score was only 6-3 as Calgary had 5 great first period chances where Pickard came up huge and kept the Avs in the game. Brian Elliott on the other end looked decent tonight stopping 25 of 28 shots and 2 of the 3 goals were absolute rockets. Not much he could do on any truth be told. The Flames PK was once again perfect going 6-6 and the PP was 1-3 giving the special teams another fantastic showing.
Flame of the Game
Avalanche Body Parts. Kidding. Johnny Gaudreau & Mikael Backlund. Gaudreau came out flying from the start and had the Avs skating in circles. Johnny Hockey had a 3 point night, getting 2 goals and 1 assist on 6 shots.
Backlund had himself a 3 point night as well collecting 2 goals and 1 assist.