The Calgary Flames, on a roll and with a three-game winning streak, looked to win their first game ever in Vegas against the Golden Knights. Entering this contest, the Flames had a lifetime record of 0–6–0 on the road in Vegas and looked to snap that streak in their first and only game at T-Mobile Arena of the season.
The Golden Knights haven’t had the record many expected them to so far this season, but they’ve battled a ton of injuries and are now starting to ice a full roster. Since their stars have come back—notably Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty—Vegas has started to turn things around and are chasing down the Flames and Oilers for top spot in the Pacific.
The first period was fairly tight with both teams trading chances. The Golden Knights definitely looked to have a bit of an edge on the Flames though, and jumped out to the game’s first lead late in the opening frame. Pacioretty put home his sixth goal of the season off a bit of a broken play. The Flames have scored first in 18 games this season, but this was the third straight game where they allowed the first goal.
The second period was tilted even more heavily towards the Golden Knights. No goals were scored, but the ice was definitely tilted. Vegas owned a perfect 9–0–0 record when leading after two periods and the Flames were 0–1–1 when trailing after two periods. The Flames needed a huge pushback in the final frame to turn the tides.
Unfortunately, Nicolas Roy scored to double the Vegas lead under two minutes into the third. It wasn’t looking good, but Elias Lindholm managed to get the Flames on the board with a very weird deflection off his shin that beat Robin Lehner high.
Calgary was pressuring Vegas heavily following their goal trying to tie things up, but they overcommitted and allowed the Golden Knights an odd man rush. Evgenii Dadonov scored to make it a 3–1 game, and with just half a period left, it looked like that would be it.
The Flames did their best to claw their way back. Rasmus Andersson came as close as you possibly can to scoring, and Andrew Mangiapane scored a goal late to make it 3–2. Alas, that was as close as they would get, and Vegas continued their winning streak against the Flames at home. The Flames will look to get back into the win column on Tuesday when they visit the San Jose Sharks.
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