The Calgary Flames lost to the Edmonton Oilers by a 1-0 score on Sunday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.
Derailed by penalty-filled third period
The Flames weren’t a bad team in this game, but they also weren’t great. Overall, Flames head coach Bill Peters phrased it as the team was running on fumes – in terms of a few guys were leaned on too much due to a string of penalties taken in the third period.
“I liked us in the second period,” said Peters. “I thought we built a game. I thought we were real good in the second, we stayed out the box and then in the third we took three and taxed some guys. Hard to mount a push when you’re on the kill.”
For the second consecutive game without Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund, the Flames seemed to take the first period to figure out what kind of game it was going to be. They began to push in the second period and into the third, but they just didn’t have enough gas in the proverbial tank to finish the job.
Some weekend positives
The Flames head back home for a day off on Monday after capturing two points against a pair of strong conference rivals after out-scoring their opposition 5-3 – all while missing two of their most important players.
Peters noted there were positives from the weekend, including a strong six-for-six performance from the team’s penalty kill – and that’s without a pair of players that play a ton on their special teams units.
“We’ll take some positives,” said Peters. “Some good ice time for some guys. I thought Jankowski really did a good job in Backs’ absence. And we don’t know long that’s going to be, so he’ll continue to grow and evolve as a player.”