Calgary Flames 2 - Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (OT)
1st: 7:34- Dube (1) (Andersson/Ryan)
2nd: PPG 15:09- Monahan (6) (Tkachuk/Gaudreau)
1st: PPG 11:48- Galchenyuk (1) (Kahun/McCann)
2nd: 7:14- McCann (9) (Galchenyuk)
OT: 4:04- Guentzel (9) (Kahun/Marino)
The Flames were able to secure another point on the road, despite losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. The Flames put forth a much better effort tonight on the road and were able to send this one to OT so they could at least snag one point as they continue to get back on track.
The Flames came out strong at the start and pushed the pace of play for the first time in what seemed like forever. Speaking of forever, the Flames actually scored first tonight for the first time in ten games. Dillon Dube collected his first goal of the season after settling himself in a quiet spot on the ice and firing a pin point wrist shot past Tristan Jarry to give the Flames a 1-0 lead.
Each team would take turns scoring as Pittsburgh would tie it in the first period and then take a 2-1 lead in the second period on a goal from Alex Galchenyuk. The Flames would find the equalizer a little under eight minutes after falling behind. Struggling Sean Monahan would fire home his sixth goal on the season, by way of the PP, and the Flames were right back in this contest.
The third period would be a solid 20 minutes of hockey, but neither team would find the back of the net. The Pens and Flames would fire a combined 22 shots on goal, but both Tristan Jarry and David Rittich were more than up for the task, stopping all 22 shots.
Overtime may have been the best period of the game with the Flames have MANY quality chances, mainly Johnny Gaudreau, but Jarry shut the door each and every time. The Penguins would finish off the Flames at the 4:04 mark of overtime via Jake Guentzel’s 12th goal of the season.
The Flames looked good for stretches of this contest, but couldn’t put together a full 60 minutes to earn two points. With that said, with how bad they’ve been playing tonight was a definite step in the right direction. The Flames forced the pace of play for a bit and if not for a horrid second period, they might have walked out of Pittsburgh with two points instead of one.
Flame Of The Game
T.J. Brodie (D): Brodie looked good in his first game back from collapsing at Flames practice two weeks ago. The Flames defenceman had a hit, two blocked shots and was genuinely engaged for the entire contest.
11/27: Calgary Flames @ Buffalo Sabres, 5 PM MT