Well, the run finally came to an end. The Calgary Flames, winners of 10 straight and looking to set a new franchise record, fell to the Canucks in spectacular fashion on the road.
This one will be pretty short.
The first period was actually fairly close with neither team scoring a goal and each team firing 11 shots on goal. But, it was all Canucks after that. They scored five times in the second period to put this game away and the Flames just didn’t have it in this one.
Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes scored back to back power play goals; then Bo Horvat scored two straight, the second coming on the power play; and then J.T. Miller scored a penalty shot goal to cap a truly impressive period.
Conor Garland scored early in the third, followed by Pettersson’s second of the night to give the Canucks a whopping seven goals on the Flames’ netminding tandem of Jacob Markstrom and Daniel Vladar.
Praise is due to Andrew Mangiapane who ended Thatcher Demko‘s shutout bid with under three minutes left, but it was a brutal game for the Flames. Demko was incredible in this game and kept oing what he’s done all year with a spectacular goaltending performance.
The Canucks scored early, often, and in many different ways to absolutely embarrass the Flames. The Flames were sloppy, let the Canucks have too many quality chances, and just couldn’t stop the bleeding once the dam broke.
The streak was bound to end at some point, and it did emphatically in this game. The Flames will look to start a new streak on Saturday night when they return home to host the Minnesota Wild.
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