Joni Ortio started in net, with Mark Giordano and Deryk Engelland to help defend the blue line. Micheal Ferland, Sam Bennett, and Josh Jooris were the first line of offense in tonight's tilt against the LA Kings. The home team dominated early, but the Flames got the first powerplay. Engelland had a lot of jump tonight as he played well in the Flames zone. Dougie Hamilton had 2 shots on net. And a Lance Bouma played a great 20 minutes of hockey. The period was scoreless and not very exciting, but I'd take an organized, boring period of hockey over the train wreck that happened last night in Anaheim.
When Jooris clipped Quick, the Flames went on the defensive as the Kings got a powerplay. That PP would open the scoring in LA and another Kings goal during a bad Flames line change would put the Kings up 2-0. Just because LA notched 2 goals doesn't mean it was all Ortio's fault. In actuality, Ortio did a great job of keeping the Flames alive through 2 periods. Finally, Mikael Backlund scored, but it was immediately called off. Of course, because it had nothing to do with goalie interference, Hartley challenged it only to be denied again. At this point, I'm not sure if we can still blame the Wideman Curse or if it was just a poor call. It was a goal regardless of what the call was. But the score remained 2-0 after 40 minutes.
Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan set up some good offensive plays in the third period, but they just couldn't get anything past the Kings netminder. Calgary kept up their pressure even after Jakub Nakladal took a puck to the ear, and Joe Colborne intercepted a bad pass by the LA defense. Nothing could solve Quick in net. The final dagger came after Bennett hit the post and the puck went back down to the Flames zone. LA finalized the shutout with a 3-0 win over the Flames.
Flame Of The Game
Lance Bouma. He's a well-rounded player that just doesn't have any puck luck lately. He had a couple good chances to make plays in front of the LA net, but couldn't seem to get his stick on the puck. He had one shot on net and 5 hits in tonight's tilt during his 12:52 of ice time. Lance has a versatile way of playing defense when needed and fights for his space on the ice. He doesn't take any crap from the opposition and he's always one of the first in line to stand up for his teammates.