Make the winless streak 8 games, the longest for the Calgary Flames since 2001-2002…Calgary fell 4-3 in a shootout Wednesday night at the hands of the Dallas Stars. It was a game where Calgary looked better, and showed some good signs, yet were unable to close out a 2 goal lead. The Flames were outplayed in the final 25 minutes, which was a big reason why they fell…with the single point, they do move back into 8th spot in the Western Conference.
It’s funny how you look at this one…there were some positive things for sure. Jarome Iginla scored his first goal in 11 games; it was also his first multi-point game in 11 games. Olli Jokinen scored. Dion Phaneuf scored for the first time in 17 games. And Jamie Lundmark added a helper for the first time in 10 games. For the most part, Calgary’s best players were there best players.
Yet, a couple spans of time when they weren’t sharp and this thing slips away…James Neal scored with 24 seconds to go in the second period to make this a one goal game heading into the final frame. Not a good time to surrender a goal, especially on a breakdown like that. But still, Calgary…who had been a third period team for a good part of the first half of the season…had a chance to close this sucker out. But, for a second straight game in that situation, Calgary was unable to close out a third period, this time allowing a powerplay goal to get this thing tied.
Part of that third period was a not great penalty from Rene Bourque…he broke his stick and then didn’t drop it, leading to a powerplay. Jay Bouwmeester would take a tripping penalty shortly thereafter…and bam, 3-3. Calgary was outshot 15-5 in the third period and overtime, which is not what you need to be doing when leading after 40…and in the midst of a 7 game (now winless skid.
Calgary takes on Phoenix on Thursday night at 7 pm. Notes: Jarome Iginla ties Theoren Fleury for second all time on Calgary’s assists list with 466; Calgary’s powerplay scored twice in one game for the first time since November 30th in Toronto (27 games).
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