Calgary Flames (6) - San Jose Sharks (4)
The Flames and Sharks tangled at the Dome in a high scoring affair with Calgary collecting their second win of the preseason by a score of 6-4. Ten goals combined is never a good thing, but at least it was a preseason game and the Flames came out on top. The win puts the Flames at 2-0-1 so far on the preseason and the Sharks at a record of 0-2-0.
Calgary had quite the mixed lineup tonight and their “bubble” players certainly gave the Flames brass some things to think about. Alan Quine had a very solid performance with a goal and an assist. Dillon Dube, rewarded with a trip to the top line, scored his second goal of the preseason and continued to impress with an assist on a Sean Monahan goal. Tobias Rieder and Zac Rinaldo, both on PTO’s, each had an assist and Rinaldo led the Flames with four hits. All in all, it was a solid performance by guys who are looking to make an impact and claim a roster spot in Calgary for the regular season.
Someone who struggled for most of the evening and didn’t do much of anything to help his cause was Jon Gillies. The once projected savior between the pipes fought the puck all night long during his first preseason action. Gillies gave up four goals on 19 shots including one on the first shot he faced, putting the Flames into a quick 1-0 hole. The Concord NH product is fighting for his roster spot life with the Flames and performances like that aren’t going to help. Nor are they helping the Flames from the standpoint of potentially dealing him down the road.
The Flames certainly have some things to work on after this contest, but it wasn’t all bad. Calgary dominated the face off dot by winning 64% of the puck drops. They blocked a solid 12 shots, but were brutal in turning the puck over. Calgary gave the Sharks the puck 23 times on the night, compared to San Jose’s six turnovers over the course of 60 minutes.