Calgary Flames Post-Game: The Flames slay the Golden Knights in the third period

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Ryan Pike
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The Calgary Flames played a pretty good game in the first two periods of Thursday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights, but they couldn’t translate zone time and scoring chances into goals. But they stuck with it and the tide turned in the third period.
The Flames beat the Golden Knights by a 4-1 score.

The rundown

The opening period was pretty even-keel. Both teams had power plays. Neither team scored on their power plays, or at all. But both sides had their looks. The Flames looked pretty calm and composed overall.
First period shots 13-6 Flames (10-3 Flames at five-on-five) and, via Natural Stat Trick, five-on-five scoring chances were 9-5 Flames (high-dangers were 4-1 Flames).
The second period was pretty similar to the first, except each team had a few more good looks.
Dustin Wolf bobbled the puck behind the net late in the period, and managed to dive back into his crease to stop a scoring chance by William Karlsson.
However, another giveaway by the Flames later in the period led to Vegas opening the scoring. The fourth line and third pairing were hemmed in and battling below the goal line. Brayden Pachal won a battle, but then threw the puck backhanded towards the slot area, where a pinching Shea Theodore intercepted it, passed to Anthony Mantha, and Mantha’s shot beat a sprawling Wolf to give Vegas a 1-0 lead.
Second period shots 12-11 Flames (11-9 Flames at five-on-five) and five-on-five scoring chances were 10-7 Flames (high-dangers were 5-1 Flames).
The Flames got a power play early in the third period, after Nazem Kadri ate a check from Nic Hague on a zone entry. They didn’t score on that power play, but shortly after the penalty expired, they drew even. Oliver Kylington drove into the zone and fed a drop pass to Dryden Hunt. Hunt threw a pass to Yegor Sharangovich in the slot area. Sharangovich chipped a shot past Adin Hill to tie the game at 1-1.
An end-to-end sequence saw the game swing back towards the Flames. First, Ivan Barbashev got a breakaway chance in on Wolf, but Wolf made a big stop. The play went the other way, where Nazem Kadri battled his way into the Vegas zone. He threw the puck into the net-front area, where Blake Coleman jammed it past Hill to give the Flames a 2-1 lead.
A few minutes later, the Flames got some insurance off a nice bit of battling and execution. Hunt and Matt Coronato entered the offensive zone, with Hunt carrying the puck. Hunt drew the defenders over, then threw a pass across to Coronato, who fired the puck past Hill to make it 3-1.
Coleman added an empty-netter to make it 4-1 Flames.
Third period shots were 12-12 (10-9 Flames at five-on-five) and five-on-five scoring chances were 12-8 Flames (high-dangers were 3-3).

Why the Flames won

The Flames had tons of chances and scoring chances through two periods, but they couldn’t beat Hill. In the third period, they managed to turn chances into goals. It wasn’t a perfect 60 minutes of hockey for the home side, but they did a really nice job out-working Vegas.
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Red Warrior

Let’s give it to Wolf. When the Flames were iffy in their own end, he was superb. The only blemish on his evening was a shot he had absolutely zero chance on.

Turning point

Let’s give it to Wolf’s breakaway save on Barbashev. If that shot goes in, it’s an entirely different ballgame.

This and that

The Flames wore their black alternate jerseys for the 11th time this season. They’re 4-6-1 in those sweaters. They’ll wear them twice more in April.
Noah Hanifin returned to the ‘Dome as a member of the Golden Knights. He was booed lightly whenever he had the puck, but received polite applause during a tribute video during the first TV timeout.

Up next

The Flames (32-29-5) are back in action on Saturday night in the early game on Hockey Night in Canada against the Montreal Canadiens.

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