The Calgary Flames beat the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 5-4 score on Saturday afternoon. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.
Pittsburgh makes it close, but Flames get two points
The Flames didn’t dominate by any stretch, but they were pretty good against the Penguins. Aside from a heck of a game for Pittsburgh’s special teams, the Flames did a good job generating chances.
“Their specialty teams gave them momentum,” said Flames head coach Bill Peters. “We were up going into the third and they had a big kill and the two big power play goals to get it within one. Give them some credit with their specialty teams. And then I thought the guys settled in a little bit and did a good job, for the most part, and some young guys got some experience, played in situations that they haven’t played in a lot of this year.”
The 2018-19 Flames aren’t a particularly fighty bunch, but they engaged in a pair of scraps following some plays that many could interpret as predatory or dirty. Peters noted that he didn’t like Marcus Pettersson’s hit on Austin Czarnik, but liked Sam Bennett’s physical response. He also liked rookie Rasmus Andersson duking it out with Jared McCann in response to McCann’s cross-check on Mark Giordano at the end of the second period.
The road trip
Esteemed songwriter Meat Loaf once wrote “two out of three ain’t bad.” The Flames finish off a four game road trip with a 1-1-2 record. Rather than focus on the single win in four games, Peters reflected on some of the positives.
We didn’t love our trip, to be honest with you, but we got points in three out of the four games and finished .500. And did well with three of the last possible four. We were just talking about it, too: had a chance in overtime in Vancouver, rattled the crossbar, right, and then we had a two-on-one and a three-on-one in overtime in Florida, too. We’d like to get our game dialed up a little bit better and a little more consistent across the board, and that’s what we’ll strive towards coming to the finish line here.
The Flames have 24 games left in the regular season.