The Calgary Flames faced more road adversity in their game against the Washington Capitals. It was a game that had a bit of everything, but it unfortunately had a bit too much going against the Flames. The Flames came out strong, launching the first 13 shots of the game and taking a 1–0 lead with a goal from Adam Ruzicka. The Flames extended their lead to 2–0 with a power play goal before the first period was over.
However, former Flames prospect Matthew Phillips scored for the Capitals, and the goal was assisted by former Flames PTO player Sonny Milano. It couldn’t have been written up any worse. Thankfully assistant coaches can’t score points otherwise the secondary assist might have been awarded to former Calgary Wranglers head coach Mitch Love. Phillips also assisted on the game-tying goal to have the game at evens after two periods.
The third period saw Blake Coleman awarded a penalty shot, but Darcy Kuemper denied his attempt. Markstrom then made a crucial save after a Flames power play expired by stopping T.J. Oshie‘s breakaway opportunity with his glove hand. While Markstrom wasn’t strong in the second, he saved the third and at least helped the Flames secure one point. Overtime was not fruitful for either team but the Flames made it hard on themselves. A late too many men penalty on a disaster of a line change by Nazem Kadri sent the Flames to the penalty kill. It wasn’t even a line change, Kadri just had a serious lapse of judgment and hopped on the ice far with no one going off. Thankfully the Flames had a strong showing of 4v3 penalty killing and the game went to a shootout.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the shootout’s lone goal on an approach that lasted a century, while all three Flames shooters failed to convert with two posts hit on their attempts. The Flames ended up snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Charts from the setback are here.
|Adam Ruzicka||Noah Hanifin, Dillon Dube||04:47 | 1st||CGY 1 – 0 WSH|
|Dillon Dube (PPG)||Noah Hanifin, Adam Ruzicka||17:12 | 1st||CGY 2 – 0 WSH|
|Matthew Phillips||Sonny Milano||06:50 | 2nd||CGY 2 – 1 WSH|
|Connor McMichael||Matthew Phillips, John Carlson||09:54 | 2nd||CGY 2 – 2 WSH|
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