1st: 2:22 - Ritchie (1) (Ryan, Andersson), 2:59 - Dube (4) (Tkachuk, Lindholm), 11:56 - Monahan (5) (unassisted), 19:20 - Leivo (1) (Gaudreau, Monahan)
2nd: 7:16 - Dube (5) (Tkachuk, Giordano)
3rd: 1:17 - Dube (6) (Tkachuk), 7:05 - Ryan (1) (Ritchie)
1st: 5:25 - Norris (5) (Tkachuk, Brown)
3rd: 2:21 PPG - Anisimov (2) (Brannstrom, Norris), 6:00 - Dzingel (3) (Chabot)
The Calgary Flames will take the W with a score of 7-3 versus the Ottawa Senators. The Flames showed up for a home game, after dropping 4 of 6 games on the road, two of which were against the Senators.
Flames’ Brett Ritchie and Derek Ryan would find themselves in the lineup — Ryan with an across ice pass to Ritchie who would open up the scoring 2:22 into the game for his first of the season with the Flames.
37 seconds later Dillon Dube would pot one giving Calgary a two goal lead 3 minutes into the game.
It would be Josh Norris who puts the Senators on the scoreboard — the goal was checked for goaltender interference but deemed to be good. I had originally thought that Brady Tkachuk had kicked it in, but on replay it was actually Norris who got a stick on it — the scrum infront of the net aftewards had Brady Tkachuk going after Flames’ Giordano, and Matthew Tkachuk going after Senators’ Brown.
Calgary would score two more goals before the end of 1st. Sean Monahan with a steal in the neutral zone, able to control the puck during his entry into the Senators zone — and snipes one past Matt Murray, with 3 Sens’ players back peddling — Leivo with a stick raise to make it look like Monahan was going to pass.
Josh Leivo would score a beauty of a goal off of a pass from Gaudreau — his first of the season.
Joey Daccord would replace Matt Murray in net for Ottawa to start the second period — Murray with 4 goals against on 11 shots.
Dube would score his second goal of the night, and make it 5-1 Flames after 40 minutes of play.
It would take just over a minute into the 3rd period for Dube to register his first hat trick — Matthew Tkachuk threading the needle with all 3 assists.
Monahan would go off on a penalty — Flames on the PK, and it wouldn’t take long for Artem Anisimov to position himself for a pass from Norris — Anisimovs’ shot squeezing by Rittich for the Senators PPG making it a 6-2 game into the third.
Flames’ Oliver Kylington would lose an edge and cough the puck up for Senators’ Ryan Dzingel who makes no mistake, scoring the 3rd goal of the game for Ottawa.
If anybody deserved a goal this game it was Derek Ryan — with the cherry on top scores the 7th goal for Calgary before this game would end. Ritchie with the assist makes it a 2-point game for both players.
It was a game of many firsts for the Flames.
First four goal period of the season— Matchsticks & Gasoline (@MatchsticksCGY) March 5, 2021
Ritchie, Leivo, and Ryan score their first goal of the season. Dube scores his first career hat trick.
Calgary ran into a bit of penalty trouble in the second half of the game — the Flames able to kill off a double minor after Backlund drew blood with a high stick.
Rittich holding fort, making 29 saves on 32 shots in tonight’s victory on home turf.
Flame of the Game
Calgary Flames @ Edmonton Oilers - Saturday, March 6th @ 8 PM MT.