The Calgary Flames were in Columbus to face the Blue Jackets and Johnny Gaudreau for the first time since he left the Flames in free agency this past summer. Jacob Markstrom started in goal against what should have been a weaker opponent, but the Flames left him hanging in this unfortunate bout.
Just a minute into the game, the Flames gave up a breakaway chance to Patrik Laine, which he, of course, deposited into the back of the Flames net. It was the sixth time this season that Markstrom allowed a goal on his first shot, but it really wasn’t his fault. This theme continued the whole game. The Flames allowed so many odd man rushes against, including several breakaways and even a 2-on-0, that was just unfair to their starting netminder.
Markstrom stood tall as best as he could, and held to Blue Jackets to just two goals that both came on clear-cut breakaways, yet couldn’t provide any run support until it was too late.
It was also a game where the Flames had five power play opportunities and failed to capitalize on any of them. They did manage to kill off seven Blue Jackets power plays, but it didn’t matter as the Flames’ offense faltered in a big way.
The Flames drop to 13-11-3, and will face the Toronto Maple Leafs on the second half of the back-to-back on Hockey Night in Canada this evening. Maybe Matthew Phillips will get to play in this one.
Charts from the game are below.
|Patrik Laine||Jack Roslovic, Yegor Chinakhov||01:02 | 1st||CGY 0 – 1 CBJ|
|Eric Robinson||Unassisted||02:52 | 2nd||CGY 0 – 2 CBJ|
|Michael Stone||Mikael Backlund, Noah Hanifin||17:26 | 3rd||CGY 1 – 2 CBJ|
|Sean Kuraly||Boone Jenner, Mathieu Olivier||19:36 | 3rd||CGY 1 – 3 CBJ|
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