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After Thoughts: Flames Blow 3-0 Lead, Fall To Oilers 4-3

Well, at least the first period was good.

NHL: Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames 3 - Edmonton Oilers 4

Complete Stats

Scoring

1st: CGY 11:19- Tkachuk (Lindholm), CGY 18:45- Gaudreau (Tkachuk)

2nd: CGY 8:57- Lindholm (Tkachuk/Mangiapane), EDM 11:53- Perlini (Turris/Bouchard), EDM 13:05- Puljujarvi (Draisaitl/Keith)

3rd: EDM 8:44- PPG McDavid (Puljujarvi/Nurse), EDM PPG 9:39- Draisaitl (Nugent-Hopkins/McDavid)

What started out as an exciting game for Flames fans turned into a script we’ve all read before.

The Flames came out hot and found themselves up 2-0 at the end of the first period thanks to Matthew Tkachuk and Johnny Gaudreau and up 3-0 almost halfway through the second period. But as all things do when the Flames play the Oilers lately, it all went in the complete opposite direction in a matter of no time.

The Oilers would counteract Elias Lindholm’s goal, which put the Flames up 3-0, with four unanswered goals to send the Flames to defeat. Brendan Perlini would squeeze one through Jacob Markstrom, which we’re sure Markstrom wants back, and Edmonton would slowly start to turn the ship around as the game progressed. The final nail in the coffin was Leon Draisaitl’s absolute rocket over Markstrom’s left shoulder which gave the Oilers a 4-3 lead that they held on to for the final 10 minutes of the game.

Highlights

Matthew Tkachuk puts the Flames up 1-0.

Johnny’s breakaway give the Flames a 2-0 lead.

Jacob Markstrom makes an acrobatic save.

Final Thoughts

-The Flames top line figured in all of the Flames scoring tonight. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal. Elias Lindholm had a goal and a helper. And Matthew Tkachuk chipped in a goal and two assists. These were clearly the Flames best players on offence and breaking this line up would be the most RIDICULOUS thing Darryl Sutter could do. So expect that to happen.

-Speaking of Johnny Gaudreau, he left the game after the second period and did not return. The Flames announced it was for “precautionary reasons.” There didn’t seem to be anything that happened to him on the ice that was obvious, so it could just be something small. We’ll wait for the Flames to update and then we’ll update you.

-Oliver Kylington, once again, took another step towards being in the Flames regular defensive pairings for the upcoming season. He was explosive at both ends of the ice tonight and may have been the Flames best player on the blueline.

-Jacob Markstrom was solid again tonight, stopping 31 of the 35 shots the Oilers sent his way. The first goal by Perlini was a soft one, but the rest he had little to no chance. And even in giving up four goals he was an absolute machine on the many Edmonton breakaways on the night.

-Sean Monahan and Noah Hanifin made their preseason debuts tonight and the results were mixed. Hanifin played solid on the blue line, logging 19:08 of TOI and was effective all throughout the game. Monahan played a little over 14 minutes, 1 SOG, but did seem invisible at times. It’s early in both of their recoveries from offseason surgeries so time will tell.

Flame Of The Game

NHL: Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Tkachuk (F): 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 SOG, 2 hits

What’s Next?

10/6: Calgary Flames @ Winnipeg Jets 6 PM MT