Quotable: the Flames lost to the Senators 4-3 (in a shootout)
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By Ryan Pike1 year ago
The Calgary Flames were fairly nondescript in the first two periods but had an excellent third period to salvage a point out of things. They lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Ottawa Senators.
Here are some selected quotes from the post-game media addresses.
The Flames were pretty good in the third period, out-shooting Ottawa 16-3, out-chancing them 8-1 and having a 4-0 high-danger chance edge. In the first two periods? The game was much more even, which probably isn’t great for the Flames overall. The Flames took the point, but they know they need to be better.
We want to get to our game and get to the little details that are going to make us successful. But at the end of the day, I think we have 30 left now, we’ve got to find ways to win. And you win with details and just little things. It’s obviously a big way to get a point and come back. I thought Marky stops two breakaways in the second that helps us get there. But we’ve got to find ways to get two points.
With the game tied in the third period, Valimaki made a great save. Here’s how it unfolded.
It was just a bad bounce behind the net on Marky. They were able to get the puck and it went in front and all three of us – me, Nesty and Marky – tried to do everything to just keep it out of the net. It just hit me and got out.
The Flames had 14:44 in power play time against Ottawa – contrasted with 3:44 spent killing Ottawa’s advantages. All that time resulted in just five high-danger chances generated. While they did score a key goal in the third period, Huska pointed to the team’s face-off and zone entry challenges as the two main culprits holding the PP back from more success.
Well, for me early on, if you look at our power plays, one thing we weren’t winning a lot of face-offs so we were trying to break out the whole time. Early in the game I don’t think we had a lot of success entering the zone so if you factor those two things in, you tend to see your top players get a little frustrated. They’re doing more skating up and down the ice than they are controlling the play in the offensive zone, which they want to do. So, I think it starts with the face-offs, it starts with being not able to get into the zone clean, and unfortunately it snowballed on them after the first few power plays.
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