The Calgary Flames’ playoff chances took a mighty big hit on Saturday night. In the early game on Hockey Night in Canada, Montreal beat Ottawa in overtime. In the late game, the Flames lost 4-1 to the Edmonton Oilers.
Here are some selected quotes from the post-game media addresses.
Sutter discussed the team’s attempted comeback that fell short in the third period.
Well, we came back in the second period, just couldn’t get the tying goal I think. Connor’s got 18 or 19 goals in this rink this year, so you take a bad penalty to start the game right up the middle and that gets you in trouble so you’re chasing the lead. Don’t score enough goals, when you get down two it’s tough in this building.
After Thursday’s win, Sutter said he expected the Oilers to have a better start and game tonight. He discussed how his team’s start fell short.
You try to get through the first four or five minutes, keep pace with them. But we took that penalty right up the guts, that was a bad penalty, hooking penalty in the middle of the ice. You can’t take that penalty. You know they’re going to come with a little more jump tonight and you give them a power play early, they’re going to take advantage of it and they did.
Sutter was complimentary of Jacob Markstrom’s 25 save performance in net, sharing his view that Markstrom was better than Mike Smith overall. Sutter also had a simple assessment of Michael Stone’s stop on McDavid in the second period.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) May 2, 2021
He’s a shot blocker.
Tanev downplayed the significance of the team’s almost-comeback.
We lost the game, so it really doesn’t matter to be honest. We weren’t ready at the start and it cost us.
Tanev elaborated on the team’s poor start.
We probably gave up 10 scoring chances in the first 10 minutes. It probably should’ve been 5-0 if Marky didn’t play so well. I mean, he gave us a chance to win. Obviously we didn’t get the job done.
For the record, the Flames’ players didn’t know that Montreal beat Ottawa in overtime until informed by media members on post-game Zoom.