Poor defensive effort results in disappointing loss to Blues
The Calgary Flames have been slipping a bit lately, only going into this game 2-2-1 at home. Looking for a win to turn things around, they faced the St. Louis Blues in the last meeting between the two teams of the season. The Blues also played the day before in a loss to the Edmonton Oilers.
This one didn’t get off to a good start. After just 54 seconds, the Blues opened the scoring on a Robert Thomas goal to beat Jacob Markstrom on the short side. A few minutes later, however, Brett Ritchie scored on a scramble play in front of the net to tie the game at one apiece.
The Flames then took the lead midway through the first period on a fine count from Johnny Gaudreau that was kicked in on a partial break by Mikael Backlund. The lead didn’t last, however, as Ryan O’Reilly tied the game on a power play late in the period. The Flames outshot the Blues by a wide margin first, putting 16 pucks on net to the Blues’ six.
In the second period, the Flames continued to throw pucks at Ville Husso, outscoring the Blues 12-4, but ended up giving up the only goal of the period to Justin Faulk who netted a back pass from David Perron.
Desperately trying to tie things up in the final frame, Noah Hanifin eventually scored on a messy play, but Ritchie was injured in the process. He went down the tunnel and did not return to play.
It looked like the game was headed for extra time, but Nathan Walker scored the go-ahead goal with less than two minutes remaining. Ivan Barbashev added an empty net soon after. Dillon Dube fired a puck into the net at the last minute to make things a bit more interesting, but Brandon Saad brought in another empty net to seal the deal.
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