Flames Visual Recap 6: Flames push back late but Canadiens’ special teams too much to overcome

Looking to snap their two game slide, the Calgary Flames faced off against the Montreal Canadiens in their first game of a five-game road trip. Montreal played their home opener after six games on the road to start their season.

In comparison to their previous game, the Flames had a much better first period, but faced the same outcome of being down two goals heading into the second. Calgary gave up two power play goals courtesy of Brendan Gallagher and Shea Weber, making David Rittich’s first period of the 2021 season one he’d much rather forget.

Unfortunately for the Flames, the second period was not much better on the scoresheet. A quick reaction by Josh Anderson to bat the puck out of the air straight into the net and a Tyler Toffoli shorthanded breakaway doubled Montreal’s lead heading into the final frame.

In the third period, the Flames weren’t able to turn the game around at all. Towards the end, they were playing more to change the momentum heading into the rematch on Saturday instead. Not willing to cede a shutout to Carey Price, Milan Lucic and Rasmus Andersson scored in the final two minutes of the game to give the Flames a slightly less woeful 4-2 loss.

Here’s how the data visualisations retell the story of how Game 6 went for Calgary.

Game events

All situations corsi

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5v5 corsi

Shifts

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