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More of the Same in Loss to Montreal

Ho hum, another terrible performance

NHL: Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary and Montreal met for the first time this season in Montreal.

1st Period

The Flames would get a great chance early in the game with Gaudreau being sent in alone on a pass from Alex Chiasson but Price would be up to the task making the save.

Michael Frolik would take a high sticking penalty to send the Habs to the powerplay. Montreal has the 5th best powerplay in the league. However, with some gutsy shot blocking from Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan the Flames would kill it off.

After a long stretch of play that featured both teams having glorious chances, Andrew Shaw would give the Habs a 1-0 with 43 seconds to go in the period.

The opening period finishes with shots 11-7 for the Flames but Montreal up 1-0.

2nd Period

Calgary would get an early period powerplay with the Habs taking an offensive zone interference penalty. The Flames would get some great chances but not score.

The Flames would continue to battle in the offensive zone and draw another Montreal penalty.

And for the second straight game the Flames would give up a shorthanded goal as Tomas Plekanec put the Habs up 2-0. Other than that the rest of the powerplay wouldn’t generate much.

Montreal would then get their own powerplay as they aimed to extend their lead. Which the Habs would promptly do to make it 3-0 with Radulov scoring the goal.

Calgary would then get a 5 on 3 with two separate Habs penalties and nothing would happen from that...as expected.

After two periods it’s 3-0 Montreal despite the Flames outshooting them 22-13.

3rd Period

After a flurry of Flames opportunities Montreal would come up the ice and score against the flow of play. David Carr would score on a 2 on 1 and make it 4-0.

Other than that we’d see the Flames mainly push to try to do anything and the Habs get chances as a result.

Then Montreal would get another powerplay goal late in the period to make it 5-0 with Radulov scoring again.

Calgary would break their goalless streak with 1.1 seconds left (lol) as Sam Bennett finally got a goal to make it 5-1.

And that’s how the games end as Montreal easily wins 5-1.

The Good

  1. Maybe this effort was a little better but same result

The Bad

  1. Goaltending lets the Flames down again
  2. No real energy and fight again

The Ugly

  1. Everything

Calgary hits ,500 for the first time in a while as their freefall continues. We have to suffer through one more game before the All Star Break as the Flames hit Ottawa on Thursday.