The Calgary Flames lost to the Anaheim Ducks by a 3-1 score on Wednesday night. Here are selected reactions from players and coaches following the game.
Johnny Hockey chasing 100 points
It’s safe to say that Johnny Gaudreau is having a good season. He’s set a career high in goals (36) and assists (62) already. After previously setting a high water mark for points in a season with 84, he’s up to 98 points with one game remaining on the docket.
While it’s probably easy to put on your conspiracy hats and think that Gaudreau’s being kept in the lineup because he has a shot at triple digits for points, he noted to Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson that it’s more about him simply preferring to play hockey rather than watch.
#Flames LW Johnny Gaudreau, continued: “You guys have known me long enough — I like to be on the ice, I want to be out there, I want to be playing game rather than sitting in the press-box watching my teammates play. I feel rested. I feel ready to go.” https://t.co/XR79BiY5up
— Wes Gilbertson (@WesGilbertson) April 4, 2019
The new streak
The Flames set an NHL record for futility in one building with a 25 game regular season losing skid at Honda Center. That streak was snapped last October when the Flames won 2-0.
Well, with Wednesday’s setback the Flames have lost three consecutive games in Anaheim. It’s nowhere near as soul-crushing as their last dry spell, but probably something they want to deal with next season.
Playoffs start Thursday
In the meantime, the Flames will likely start the post-season on Thursday night. Expect a lot of 8 p.m. MT starts, friends. But also expect some really good hockey as the Flames get to participate in the best tournament in all of sports.