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The Morning After Vancouver: One Is Better Than None

Calgary’s OT loss put them in a tie for first place in the Western Conference.

NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames 2 - Vancouver Canucks 3 (OT)

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The Flames closed out the week with a 3-2 OT loss to the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night. Calgary had a brief lead in the second period after Travis Hamonic scored his 3rd goal of the seaon, but a little over two minutes later the Canucks got the equalizer. Elias Pettersson would continue his hot play against the Flames, scoring his 19th goal of the season at the 11:37 mark of the second period. That would be all the scoring in regulation as both teams would finish the first 60 minutes all knotted up at 2-2.

Overtime would not be kind to the Flames as Alexander Edler would score the game winning goal at the 3:06 mark, sending Vancouver home 3-2 winners. David Rittich would take the loss, stopping 24 of the 27 shots that came his way, making this the 3rd time he’s beeon on the hook for the loss in OT.

While the Flames certainly would have liked the two points for getting the win, Calgary is now tied with the Winnipeg Jets for first place in the Western Conference with the one point they picked up last night.

Tidbits

-Where Ya Been Janko?: Mark Jankowski has been playing hot as of late. He had a goal and an assist last night, making it back to back games with points for the Flames centre. The last time Jankowski had back to back games with points was on November 25th and November 28th.

-More Shorties: Calgary scored another shorthanded goal last night, upping their total to 12 on the season. That number is tops in the NHL, one ahead of second place Arizona.

-Slumpin’ On The Power Play: The Flames were 0-5 with the man advantage last night and it’s been a tough week for that end of the special teams department. They are 0-9 this week, with an 0-4 in their 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.

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