That’s not the way anyone imagined opening night going.....we don’t think. Calgary was just out EVERYTHING’d by Vancouver en route to their first loss of the 2018-19 season. The good news is there’s 81 more....right....that’s good news...no? Here’s the rest of the best of what wasn’t covered in our Recap or Rate The Flames.
-Power Play: If you hated last year’s PP, you’re gonna LOVE this season’s version....not. Vancouver couldn’t stop giving the Flames power play opportunities last night. They were in such a giving mood they gave Calgary 7 PPO and as sure as the sun rises in the morning, the Flames came up empty. 0 for %&$#ing 7.
-Firsts: Speaking of being in a giving mood, Calgary gave Elias Pettersson his first NHL goal AND his first NHL assist. Way to go Flames!
-Can’t Win ‘Em All: Calgary now drops to 0-8-1 in their last 9 season openers. Yuck. Calgary has been outscored 42-17 over that span and lost to the Canucks 3 times during the 9 game skid.
-Continuing Disturbing Trend: The Flames out shot the Canucks on the night 35-23, yet only managed 2 goals.
Rate the Flames Results (Average Out of 3 Stars)
Top 5 Flames:
- Matthew Tkachuk 2.38
- Dillon Dube 2.09
- Sean Monahan 1.98
- Austin Czarnik 1.915
- Travis Hamonic 1.913
Bottom 5 Flames:
- Sam Bennett 1.42
- Mike Smith 1.36
- Mark Jankowski 1.27
- Michael Frolik 1.09
- Mike Stone 1.05
Post Game Reaction
"Whenever you get down, you start pressing ... and we gave up too many quality chances."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 4, 2018
Gio led all skaters with 14 shot attempts (5 on goal) in tonight's 5-2 loss to the Canucks. #CGYvsVAN pic.twitter.com/PXtiUqzAsn