Quips and Quotes: Flames lose to Stars 2-0

The Calgary Flames lost to the Dallas Stars by a 2-0 score on Tuesday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.

Not a great night

Everybody has off nights at their jobs. For the Flames, it happened against the Stars. The Flames were out-shot and out-worked for much of the game.

“We were poor early,” admitted Flames head coach Bill Peters. “Didn’t win any face-offs therefore never had the puck, therefore you see the discrepancy in the shot clock… Faceoffs are your first 50/50 puck battle of your shift. We all know that. We take a lot of pride in that. We weren’t good enough tonight.”

Flames captain Mark Giordano was critical of his team’s sharpness and forechecking.

“Some nights you’re not gonna be feeling it, you’re not gonna be feeling your best,” said Giordano. “Our passes weren’t very sharp all night, but we’ve gotta commit to putting the puck in and winning by out-forechecking them. And tonight we were just turning over way too many pucks.”

Too many good chances allowed

Per Natural Stat Trick, the Flames allowed 13 high-danger scoring chances. That’s the most high-danger chances they’ve allowed in a single game since the Oct. 21 game against the New York Rangers that saw the Blueshirts get 28 high-danger scoring opportunities.

Since their 9-1 thrashing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 25, the Flames have only allowed teams to generate double digit high-danger chances on four occasions:

  • 12 high-dangers against in Nov. 11 loss to San Jose
  • 11 high-dangers against in Nov. 28 overtime loss to Dallas
  • 10 high-dangers against in Dec. 8 win over Nashville

The fact that Dallas has played so well against the Flames is probably worth exploring, but four games where the Flames have played clunky defense over the past seven weeks isn’t all that concerning quite yet.

  • FlushedOut

    What we lost a game. That’s it I’m cancelling my NHL Gamecentre. (for those who can’t understood humour I’m just kidding). With stuff going on in my own life that Backlund story with his friend with cancer really teared me up.

      • BringtheFire 2.0

        Absolute sh!t!!! It’s blurry for minutes at a time and if I’m watching a game it’ll just decide to skip ahead to the middle or even to the end of the game and ruin it for me if I’m not watching live!!! Dam!!!

      • Cfan in Van

        Reddit nhl streams. I only get 1/3 of the games via cable here in BC so reddit is my savior. Over the last few years, pirate streams have improved so much. The only downside is you have to stream live.

        I stopped paying for GameCenter when they put in adds that would auto-play when watching non-live version. That was the last straw, and I don’t regret it one bit.

  • deantheraven

    Quote:”I stayed up for this?”- me @ 4am my time, between the 2nd & 3rd periods.
    Quip: ” Bishop got sent to the room after the ‘hit’ by Hathaway and was scolded for overacting.”

  • Vinnsanity0412

    Wills was a lot more bearable on TV. He didn’t over describe everything like he does on radio, trying to ‘paint’ a picture for his listeners. Less is more Willsy. Loubo awesome as always! Worried about Thursday, first home game back, Christmas time, not saying 9-1, but it could get ugly quick. Hope I’m wrong. Rittich, without a doubt, deserves the net vs. TB. GFG!

    • Cfan in Van

      Hey, they’re winning afternoon games these days (back-to-back too), so maybe they will show up for the pre-break game on Thursday? It seems like those games have been brutal for this team over the last few years.

      I hope this result lights a fire, and they feel they need to earn their Christmas break.

    • deantheraven

      Can’t agree about Wills play-play-play. He seemed to be snoozing like the Flames were, missing opportunities to add some excitement to a very dull broadcast.