Here’s the rest of the best of what wasn’t covered in the Recap or Rate The Flames from Calgary’s 4-3 OT loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Goaltending Has Been Exposed
It was another rough one for a Flames netminder as Jon Gillies lost his 3rd straight game. Gillies appeared to be fighting the puck all night long and the 180 foot almost goal summed the night up perfectly. He stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced, dropping his record to 2-3-0 since being called up. Let’s be honest, the Flames goaltending plan outside of Mike Smith clearly is no plan and Gillies and Rittich were just tossed into the fire with little seasoning. Do they need to make the saves, sure. But it’s clear they both aren’t quite NHL ready and that’s on the staff, not them.
Lack Of Power Play
I know this seems like you’ve read it before, but the Flames PP was once again non existent. The Flames had 2 man up opportunities and they look bad. The 0-2 against the Pens currently puts their streak of futility at 0-16.
1 Point From Up Top
Johnny Gaudreau collected an assist tonight against the Penguins while Sean Monahan had nothing. That’s unacceptable and not enough. The Flames top duo on offence has disappeared when the team has needed them the most. They also combined for a minuscule 4 SOG, which isn’t even close to enough pucks being thrown on net.
OT Isn’t Friendly Anymore
Remember when the Flames were good in OT? The Flames loss to the Penguins was the 4th time they’ve lost in overtime in their last 5 attempts.
Enough With The Bad
Here’s something good from tonight: a 2 point night from Troy Brouwer! The much maligned Flames forward pumped in a goal and had an assist on Mark Giordano’s 11th goal of the season. Brouwer now has 4 points in his last 5 games.
Highlight Of The Night
Post Game Reaction
"I actually thought we played pretty well tonight ... good resiliency to this team, making sure we got a point tonight."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) March 6, 2018
Troy Brouwer on the #Flames efforts tonight and getting a point in Pittsburgh. #CGYvsPIT pic.twitter.com/KgOj0TpArF