The Calgary Flames headed to Eastern Canada looking to wash a sour taste out of their mouths after a pitiful homestand. They couldn’t get the win against the Maple Leafs, but looked really good in a tough shootout loss.
1st Period: Calgary Flames 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Calgary would come out of the gates looking really good. They’d generate some chances before Garnet Hathaway would draw a penalty on Matt Martin as he crashed towards the net.
On the powerplay Mark Giordano would bury a shot from the point through a Troy Brouwer screen to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. Assists on the goal were to Sean Monahan and Brouwer. Look out, that’s a two game point streak for Brouwer.
Toronto would get a powerplay on a delay of game penalty to Giordano. The Leafs would get some good chances but would be unable to score thanks to some nice shot blocking.
The Maple Leafs would get another powerplay opportunity with a late penalty to Dougie Hamilton with 12.4 seconds to go. In those 12 seconds the Leafs would get a shot and generate some craziness in front of the net.
First Period Stats
2nd Period: Calgary Flames 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Calgary would kick off the second period by killing off the remainder of the Toronto powerplay. The ice would open up in the middle portion of the period with both teams getting some chances including Johnny Gaudreau busting in and getting stopped by Andersen as he went for the top corner.
Gaudreau would be given a penalty on an absolute fluke play when he broke his stick on a pass, then attempted to drop his stick away which went right towards the puck and hit it. That’s an interference call on some bad luck. The Flames would kill off the penalty with the best chance in the entire two minutes being a two-on-one for Michael Frolik and Mikael Backlund.
Toronto would tie the game late in the period with a wacky bounce off the end glass that bounced in front of the Flames net. Calgary would clear it away but it would cause a scramble and Morgan Reilly would beat Smith from the point.
Matthew Tkachuk would draw a Leaf penalty late in the period to send Calgary to the powerplay.
Second Period Stats
3rd Period: Calgary Flames 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
The Flames wouldn’t be able to generate much on the remaining portion of their powerplay to start the third as the Leafs killed it off. Calgary would be getting most of the chances to start the period, outshooting the Leafs 10-1 in the first seven minutes.
Calgary would keep up the pressure at even strength, forcing a plethora of Leaf icing calls, but the Flames still wouldn’t be able to break through.
The rest of the period would continue much the same way with both teams generating great chances but the goaltenders standing tall. Overtime is on the way.
Third Period Stats
Overtime: Calgary Flames 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Overtime was absolutely wild with the Flames getting a lot of really high quality scoring chances but Frederik Andersen stopped them all, continuing his magnificent night. Gaudreau took a late penalty but Toronto couldn’t get anything generated with him in the box.
Shootout: Calgary Flames 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
Round 1: Toronto (Matthews) - Goal, Calgary (Monahan) - No Goal
Round 2: Toronto (Marner) - No Goal, Calgary (Tkachuk) - Goal
Round 3: Toronto (Marleau) - No Goal, Calgary (Gaudreau) - No Goal
Round 4: Toronto (Nylander) - Goal, Calgary (Backlund) - No Goal
Toronto wins 2-1.
Calgary finished the game with 48 shots. 48 freaking shots. Sometimes you just have to sit back and tip your cap to an opponent, and tonight we tip our collective cap to Frederik Andersen.
The Flames had one of their best performances of the year against a really strong opponent in the Maple Leafs. If they can maintain this level of play, wins will come in no time. I thought all four forward lines were solid in their assignments as each shut down their opponents and creating scoring chances. Even the fourth line had a decent game. Every single Flame had at least one shot on goal tonight, that is a rarity in the NHL.
Other than that, there really isn’t much more you can say other than this is exactly the game the Flames needed after those two stinkers at home. The goaltending was solid, the defence was solid, the forwards were solid, the Flames were solid.
Flame of the Game
Matthew Tkachuk (F): Already I’m going to get this out of the way before Leaf fans come over and start losing it about Tkachuk. I was not a fan of him jabbing from the bench with his stick.
Other than that I thought Tkachuk had exactly the kind of night that he needs to have. He generated chances, shut down the opposing lines, got his nose dirty of course, and even added a shootout goal just for fun. I would hate him if he was on a different team, but he’s on our team so I love him.
Next Up: The Flames head to Montreal tomorrow night to take on the Habs.