Calgary Flames 5 NY Islanders 2
The Flames came into this Sunday afternoon matinee with the chance to win their 7th straight. Calgary clearly did not plan on losing this contest as they poured it on in the 1st period.
Well, pretty sure no one saw the end of this period coming. The Flames were peppering Thomas Greiss, but couldn’t get anything past him early. The only reason the Islanders were in this game at all, he was an absolute monster in the period. But the Flames were persistent and their hard work paid off. Matthew Tkachuk anchored himself in front of the net and distracted Greiss enough for Frolik to tuck in his 14th of the season at 14:56, making it 1-0 Calgary. Then the flood gates opened.
T.J Brodie banked one in at 16:28 to put the Flames up 2-0.
Micheal Ferland continues to show why he belongs with Gaudreau and Monahan as he won a board battle, turned and ripped and absolute ROCKET past Greiss for his 13th of the season at 17:10. Sean Monahan had 3 great scoring chances early in the period, but Greiss kept him off the score sheet....until 19:36. Johnny Gaudreau lead the Flames on the break and his patience with the puck let Monahan get open and he took the feed from Gaudreau and buried it to give the Flames a 4-0 lead. Calgary couldn’t beat Greiss for almost 15 minutes of the 1st period, but they managed to put 4 goals past him in the final 5 minutes of the first. Calgary out shot the Isles 21-8 in the period.
After that 1st period, the second period had no chance to live up to it’s predecessor. Calgary chased Greiss from the game and Jean-Francois Berube got the goaltending duties. The Flames treated him no differently. Calgary fired shot after shot on JFB, testing him, but they came up empty. At the 8:30 mark of the period John Tavares pumped in his 24th of the season to get the Islanders within 3, at 4-1. The goal came during a 4 on 4 series where Johnny Gaudreau went to the box for embellishment, his second penalty of the season. New York out shot the Flames 10-9 on the period.
The third saw the Flames really step up the pressure early and the Islanders helped the Flames get their 5th goal of the evening. Joshua Ho-Sang collided with a teammate and the Flames tore off on a 3 on 1.
Sam Bennett led the charge and found Kris Versteeg for a one timer to put the Flames up 5-1. At 11:32 in the 3rd, Jason Chimera came down the left side and fired a long, beach ball at Elliott that beat him glove side to get the the Isles within 3 goals at 5-2. Calgary would pick up back to back minor penalties, giving NY a 5 on 3, which Calgary would kill off with some great goaltending and great defence by Michael Stone. The Flames would hold on and defeat the Islanders 5-2.
The Flames came out strong and forced the play on the Islanders. Calgary put this game away early with the 4 first period goals, but a big key for the Flames was not having to play from behind. The Flames are now off until Thursday when the Montreal Canadiens come to town.
Flame Of The Game
Sean Monahan. Mony picked up a goal and an assist today, but probably could have/should have had more. Greiss robbed Monahan early and a few shot attempts were blocked. Monahan’s goal was his 20th of the season.