Calgary Flames 3 - New York Islanders 2 (SO)
2nd: 16:40- Monahan (25) (Hamonic, Czarnik), 17:25- Lucic (9) (N/A)
Shootout: Monahan GOAL, Gaudreau SAVE, Backlund SAVE, Tkachuk SAVE, Czarnik GOAL
New York Islanders
3rd: 8:10- Martin (6) (Komarov, Greene), 8:26- Brassard (11) (Martin, Toews)
Shootout: Lee GOAL, Nelson SAVE, Barzal SAVE, Brassard Save, Bailey SAVE
After a penalty filled affair last night, the Flames and Islanders played a much more disciplined, defensive game, which went past regulation once again. Cam Talbot and Thomas Greiss made the relief starts after Semyon Varlamov and David Rittich played yesterday.
An uneventful first period saw Elias Lindholm go down with an undisclosed lower body injury, which he’d eventually return from briefly in the third period. In his absence, Austin Czarnik got some first line action in his second game since being recalled. The new first line broke the tie in the second period, as Czarnik dropped the puck to Travis Hamonic, who’s shot was deflected by the red-hot Sean Monahan. Monahan has goals in all three sim games so far.
Monahan opens the scoring in Brooklyn. pic.twitter.com/VgOObdE2F3— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 18, 2020
Minutes later, Andrew Ladd’s errant pass to the far point was intercepted by Milan Lucic, who had a clear breakaway. His initial shot was stopped by Greiss, but he roofed the rebound for his ninth of the season.
LOOOOOOOOCH! 100% Realistic Goal here to make it 2-0. pic.twitter.com/MbHYqcdkrB— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 18, 2020
The Flames had their hearts broken in the third period once again by the resilient Islanders. The fourth line needed just 16 seconds to score two pretty-passing goals on Cam Talbot, and knotted the game at 2.
Always good when you don't need two separate highlights to show your opponents goals right? pic.twitter.com/9bINiTRqu9— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 19, 2020
Overtime saw the Flames gain a little momentum back after a dominated third period by the Islanders, but Thomas Greiss stood tall. The no longer shootout pathetic Flames opened the shootout with a low blocker laser from Sean Monahan, but was matched by a cheeky chip shot from Anders Lee. The next 3 Flames were stopped before Geoff Ward confidently sent out Czarnik.
Czarnik's five hole beauty. pic.twitter.com/69mpgylbPL— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 19, 2020
Cam Talbot shut the door easily on Josh Bailey, sealing the victory for the Flames. He finished with 40 saves; Greiss with 31.
Talbot shuts the door and takes the W. pic.twitter.com/H6iQoM4jcu— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 19, 2020
Lindholm was absent from the shootout, and is a game-time decision for tomorrow’s game in New Jersey. David Rittich is expected to get the start.
Flame of the Game
Austin Czarnik (F): Cam Talbot had another impressive night between the pipes, but Czarnik’s success since being recalled is enjoyable. He toiled away in the AHL at over a point per game, and should be rewarded with more ice in New Jersey.