The Calgary Flames continued their season-long road trip with an evening game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The schedule has been exceptionally busy for the Flames lately, but they entered tonight’s game with a 1-1-1 record on their road trip.
Coming off a big win against the Senators on Sunday afternoon, the Flames looked to keep their point streak going and start a new winning streak as well.
Tyler Pitlick returned to the lineup after missing last game with a lower body injury, Jacob Markstrom got the start in goal, and Juuso Valimaki was scratched again.
The Flames started the game strong, in typical Sutter hockey fashion. Oliver Kylington opened the scoring for the Flames with his third goal of the season. It was Kylington’s 11th point in his last 11 games, continuing an absolutely phenomenal goal for the young defenseman. Johnny Gaudreau registered the primary assist on the goal, and he was flying out there all night long. He actually finished the game with 10 shots on goal, tied for the 2021-22 record with former Flame Dougie Hamilton.
Shots were fairly close in the first period, but that was mostly due to the flurry of penalties the Flames took which allowed the Flyers to stay in the game. This included a 31 second 5-on-3 that the Flames were fortunate to kill off. The Flames took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
The second period was much less structured than the first. Both teams were trading chances, and it was not the steady, safe hockey we’ve come to expect from this iteration of the Flames. Kevin Hayes evened things up for the Flyers on a broken play. It was his first goal of the season and an emotional one for him. That one’s for you, Jimmy.
The Flames were in hot water for large portions of the third period, but managed to escape unscathed. A combination of incredible goaltending from Markstrom and timely defensive plays from the entire group allowed the Flames to make it to overtime and earn a point for the 13th time in 16 games this season.
Unfortunately, the Flames’ overtime record fell to a dismal 1-5 as Cam Atkinson won the game in the extra frame for the Flyers. Markstrom finished the game with 41 saves, and the Flames extended their point streak to three games.
Data visualizations from the game are below.
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