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Quips and Quotes: Flames lose to Ducks 3-2

The Calgary Flames lost to the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-2 score on Wednesday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

Couldn’t get enough at even strength

Speaking after the game, Flames head coach Bill Peters didn’t seem all that displeased with the effort.

We had some good looks. I thought we needed to do a little bit more offensively five on five, and we would’ve been there. We had some good looks in the second and I liked our third period, but we ended up chasing again tonight.

For context, the Flames never led in this game. In 16 games, they’ve trailed after 20 minutes seven times and after 40 minutes 12 times. They’ve scored first eight times, going 6-2-0 in those games.

For what it’s worth, Peters said he thought goaltender Mike Smith had a good game.

Gave up winner right after tying it up

Flames captain Mark Giordano broke down Anaheim’s game-winning goal from Ryan Getzlaf, scored just 27 seconds after Mark Jankowski tied things up at 2-2.

Those are big shifts after we score that one shorthanded. It’s a tough play, trying to be aggressive on our penalty kill. I thought their guy made a good play, went to the net with it and the puck squirted to Getzlaf there and those are tough ones to give. We had a lot of looks after that but just couldn’t find a way to tie it tonight.

  • Flint

    Mike Smith…. worst sv% in the NHL min 10 games….. hell min 5 games. Worst.

    Time to stop thinking he’s going to come around by playing and give him time to come around by practicing and watching.

  • cjc

    When your team once again limits its opponent to fewer than 10 high danger chances, it’s on your goalie to do his job. That goes doubly for the first period, getting beat 5 hole and giving up a huge rebound, these are goalie problems. Sometimes your goalie needs to be a hero and we haven’t seen much of that this season. The reason they are playing from behind so often is Smith.

  • SgtRoadBlock

    we may need to break line one up cause if they go pointless in a game we lose, Ducks show us again we a one line team 80% of the time in games,

    Backland should be 3rd line center, Ryan should be 4th line popcorn eater

    And again trade for a REAL goaltender or wash 1 more year away from R main core prime years they have..

  • Toma41

    Mike Smith is the WORST starting goaltender in the NHL. Its a fact. Sportsnet and TSN have now written articles on it. https://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/takeaways-mike-smiths-struggles-becoming-common-flames/
    The bigger problem is that Bill Peters keeps lying and saying that Smith played well after the games and KEEPS PLAYING HIM. What is the point of playing a 37 year old goalie who wont be back here next year when we have a 26 year old goalie who looks promising??? Let Riddich play! How will we know what we have in him if he doesnt play regularly. Unbelievable

    • SgtRoadBlock

      You can say the same said about Janko he got 17 goals last year now he a 4th line center , But we got two new old shiny toys in Ryan and Neal..

      i’m starting to dislike the Ufa market it killing us in so many ways. we lose to see what the kids do and we get lock up for years to just buyout the vets

  • SgtRoadBlock

    man we have no luck vs the Ducks i just look at Capfriendly and the Ducks have 7 players on the ir and they use the backup goaltender that older then Smith..
    i know that don’t mean a lot but man we Cursed vs the Duck team for years now lol

  • buts

    I blame Smith on the first goal only but in the nhl that’s all it takes to lose. Czarnik had 2 great chances he whiffed on, Backlund misses a wide open net from 10 feet, Lindholm doesn’t finish on a breakaway, Jony hits the post…..the ducks are lucky. We lost a lot of board battles last night.

    • buts

      Backlund didn’t stay with his man and box him out on the second goal. Also Backlund could have hit so many guys yet chose to fly by. Chicken ……..and he is not a PP player as well.

      • Of all our flames forwards, I am most disappointed in Backlund. Way too soft on the puck, poor passes and couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with his shot.

        Backlund should spend the next months worth of practices just standing in the slot hitting the targets in the 4 corners of the net. He will probably be there a few hours before he gets them, but eventually he would get better.

        • calgaryfan

          Has always played this way, but somehow he is an advanced stats star player. Has always carries the puck to the blue line then lobs a shot at the goalies chest pad. Great for stats I guess.

  • Beer League Coach

    Remember Steve Smith who scored into his own net to eliminate the Oilers in the playoffs in 1986? He is back!! He just changed positions from D to G and changed the spelling of his first name. Steve became Sieve.

    The backup G that I had on my beer league team back in the early 1980’s would be an upgrade on Sieve Smith, even though he would now be about 30 years older than Sieve.