The Morning After Vancouver
The Flames got back on track with a 3-0 shut out win over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night at the Saddledome. The Flames got a great bounce back game against their division rivals and David Rittich was an absolute rock between the pipes. The Flames keeper stopped all 34 shots he faced on his way to his first shut out of the season. The Flames top guns once again provided the offence for Calgary as Sean Monahan scored for the second straight game, Elias Lindholm netted a goal and Johnny Gaudreau (1G 2A) had a three point night to lead the Flames in scoring.
Calgary’s penalty kill was once again strong, killing all six penalties they took. Where they weren’t so strong was on the PP. Calgary had four chances with the man advantage and came up empty all four times. The amount of penalties they Flames are taking at this point is slightly concerning as they have been in the bin for 21.5 minutes in only two games.
-Home Opener Slightly Better: The Flames are terrible in season openers, but they aren’t exactly lighting it up at home either. Last night’s win put the Flames home opener record at 8-8-3 over their last 19.
-Been A While: Calgary’s 3-0 shut out of the Canucks was the first time the Flames have blanked Vancouver since January 10, 2015 when they defeated the ‘Nucks 1-0.
Top 5: With his three point night Johnny Gaudreau is now 4th in the league in points with five.
Post Game Reaction
"I've got a lot of confidence in that group ... they're growing up right in front of our eyes."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 6, 2019
Bill Peters talks about the play of the Johnny-Mony-Lindy line vs. the Canucks. pic.twitter.com/JaCiSUzEK9
"It is not just about me - we are one team. Everyone did a good job."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 6, 2019
Big Save Dave talks about his shutout in the 3-0 victory over the Canucks. pic.twitter.com/goAdW3rJHU
"We're trying to focus on the little things in game and when we're doing that, playing the right way, that's when we generate the most looks."— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) October 6, 2019
Sean Monahan talks about his line's 5-point night vs. the Canucks. pic.twitter.com/XTFgpTLw5a