The Calgary Flames lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 6-3 score on Tuesday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.
Lacking attention to detail
If you were thinking that the Flames were a bit sloppy against Tampa Bay, you were joined in that opinion by the team’s head coach and captain.
“I thought it got away, we lacked attention to detail and they were quicker than us,” said Bill Peters. “They were a little quicker on pucks and we defended way more than we needed to… We made a lot of mistakes. They got two on line changes, one off a turnover right there. Just turned too many pucks over.”
In addition to noting his own lack of attention to detail, Mark Giordano expressed disappointment with the Flames letting the game get away from them when they allowed Tampa Bay to score their fourth goal in the second period.
“Pretty disappointed with letting this one go the way it did,” said Giordano. “I thought when we got it to 3-2 we should’ve really beared down and started putting pucks in and trying to grind against this team. You can’t turn over the puck against them, they’re too good. So, disappointing.”
The Flames are 1-3-1 since the All-Star Break.
“We haven’t been as good with the details of the game since probably the All-Star Break,” said Peters.
Bill Peters’ line shuffle machine
As has become tradition when they’re chasing, the Flames’ coaching staff shuffled lines in the latter part of this game:
- Tkachuk – Backlund – Lindholm
- Mangiapane – Jankowski – Neal
- Frolik – Ryan – Hathaway
- Gaudreau – Monahan – Bennett
The defensive pairings were kept most consistent, though Rasmus Andersson spent some time with Noah Hanifin and Travis Hamonic with Oliver Kylington as the game wore on.
Peters indicated they’ll change up lines going into the Florida game, but it’s unclear if that means even more changes or just maintaining these already changed trios.