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Flames Drop Third Straight To Oilers, 3-2

A solid early effort is wasted in a 3-2 loss to the Oilers.

NHL: MAR 06 Flames at Oilers Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Calgary Flames 2 - Edmonton Oilers 3

NHL Standings

Scoring

1st: CGY 14:49: Gaudreau (PPG) (Monahan/Lindholm)

2nd: EDM 17:01- Puljuarvi (McDavid/Russell)

3rd: CGY 1:42- Hanifin (Lindholm/Dube), EDM 6:07- Yamamoto (Draisaitl/McDavid), EDM 16:15- McDavid (Yamamoto/Russell)

Recap

Welp, if you’re Darryl Sutter, parts of Saturday night were intriguing. The Flames looked like they were shot out of a cannon to start this game with high energy and a chip on their shoulders. They had a first period lead. They had two first period fighting majors. They capitalized on an Oilers penalty and delivered a PPG. Things were looking great for the Flames and possibly we were seeing something new. Unfortunately......we weren’t. The Flames, despite that hot start, would fall to the Edmonton McDavid Oilers as another slow finish would sink the Flames on Saturday night.

Johnny Gaudreau and the Flames PP would score first and for the longest time, were the only goal, propelling the Flames to a 1-0 lead. Calgary would throw a TON of hits and shots (21) at Edmonton in the first period, looking like a totally different team. Milan Lucic and Matthew Tkachuk would collect fighting majors as they would throw hands with Darnell Nurse and James Neal respectively and things were looking good for Calgary after 20 minutes. And the the Oilers started to slowly show up.

What was a 21-10 advantage in shots slowly disappeared as the Oilers out shot the Flames 23-15 over the final 40 minutes and they became the more physical team. Oh, and Connor McDavid showed up for the first time in three games. The Edmonton star was held without a point in a three game series with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That ended tonight, but who saw that coming.......

Ok, the score is wrong, but sadly the prediction was right. The Flames didn’t have an answer for McDavid late in the game and he was a deciding factor in all three Oilers goals and sinking the Flames by the score of 3-2. Edmonton has now outscored the Flames 12-4 in their last three meetings.

Final Thoughts

There was certainly some good and bad to take away from that game, as has been the case all too often this season, Calgary couldn’t put together a complete 60 minute effort. They had all the energy early and even though the Flames only had a 1-0 lead, they looked like they were in complete control after 20 minutes. But for some reason Calgary just took their foot off the gas and let the Oilers back into the game.

Watching this game there was NO way the Flames could have kept up that intensity for 60 minutes. The Oilers were smart on Saturday night. They lurked in the shadows, doing just enough to keep the Flames at bay and once they tired them out, they struck and struck hard. What you witnessed was one team running on emotion and adrenaline and another playing smart hockey and waiting for their opening. Clearly the second strategy worked better.

Flame Of The Game

NHL: MAR 01 Flames at Senators Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Noah Hanifin (D): Hanifin was solid from start to finish tonight. He scored a goal, was +1, had four SOG, three hits and three blocked shots.

What’s Next?

3/7: Calgary Flames vs Ottawa Senators, 7:30 PM MT