The Calgary Flames have virtually no room for error in their attempt to make the playoffs, and yet, they erred. Facing off against the Vegas Golden Knights, Calgary was placed in a must-win situation as they had to keep pace with the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators.
However, as the Flames have done all season, they did not make anything easy for themselves. Being down by two goals in the first period, Calgary was able to respond with one for themselves before the end of the period. A scoreless second passed, and then early in the third the Golden Knights scored again to restore their two-goal lead.
A two-goal deficit was hard for Calgary to overcome as they continue to struggle with any semblance of mounting a third period comeback, and with their season very much hanging on by the thinnest of threads, they weren’t able to find that next level to at least gain a point. One goal was scored by Nazem Kadri to bring the game within on, but that was it.
Calgary lost in regulation, Winnipeg won in regulation, Nashville won in a shootout. The best stroke of luck might still not be enough for the Flames at this point.
Charts from the defeat are below.
|Jonathan Marchessault||Jack Eichel, Alex Pietrangelo||11:43 | 1st||VGK 1 – 0 CGY|
|Michael Amadio||Shea Theodore, Ivan Barbashev||15:23 | 1st||VGK 2 – 0 CGY|
|Milan Lucic||Walker Duehr||19:02 | 1st||VGK 2 – 1 CGY|
|Nicolas Roy||Phil Kessel, Chandler Stephenson||05:19 | 3rd||VGK 3 – 1 CGY|
|Nazem Kadri (PPG)||Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar||12:33 | 3rd||VGK 3 – 2 CGY|
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