ST. LOUIS – It was hard to believe that it would turn out like this, considering the manner they played.
After losing a 3-1 lead, with 28 second goals, and having earned that two-goal advantage in the opening forty minutes of play, however – the snowball effect took control.
Robert Thomas won the OT in 28 seconds. He smashed home a feed by Jordan Kyrou, on a 2-on-1 basis to score a win for the homeside.
Calgary’s record falls to 19-14-9 after the OT defeat.
Video: CGY Recap – Mangiapane scores 2 points for road loss
Milan Lucic, Mikael Backlund And Andrew Mangiapane Scored for the Flames while Jacob Markstrom Made 23 saves
Both teams will be fighting again at the Enterprise Center on Thursday.
It is obvious that it is a suck.” Nazem Kadri Afterward, he said. Afterward, he said that this was not how we had hoped to finish the game. Truth be told, we had a solid road match. We had a five minute lapse and good players do not need many scoring chances. They made us pay.
It is a great way to gain knowledge.
Mangiapane, whose line includes Backlund Blake ColemanThe Blues were able to finish the season with dominant possession and chance metrics.
He said, “I believe we sat back at the third.” We didn’t do very much. They took over and we sat back.
“It’s tough, right? We were actually playing an acceptable game, up to that point. But we let it slide. It’s time to take the lessons learned and be stronger next game against these guys. It’s almost like a playoff series. We lost this game and we have to win the next.”
At 3:49, the Blues scored a powerplay goal that opened the scoring. The rush was somewhat broken, as three Flames defenders collapsed to the one side. This opened up an area for the rush. Pavel Buchnevich saw Robert Thomas as a target for his easy back-door tap in, but his feed was deflected by the stickoff. Chris Tanev Past Markstrom is the Icebreaker.
At 15:44 the Flames leveled the playing field and it was a beautiful game. There were boos as the Flames evened the score at 15:44. This was a reference to the heated playoff match between the Blues & Avalanche last year. Kadri moved the puck to the left side and then fed a delicious goalmouth feed to Lucic. Lucic drove hard and scored past Jordan Binnington.
You may be aware that Kadri has a fun history in the town. It all started with Game 3 of last year’s Second Round when he was thrown into collision with Jordan Binnington, St. Louis goalie. The Blues saw it as an accident. Kadri was criticized for a water bottle he threw at him in postgame interviews. He also made some very dangerous and unprofessional antics during Game 4 to get the Blues into spring.
It’s fitting that a playoff game is billed as an emotionally charged precursor to the postseason, so it was only right that one of the most iconic storylines in postseason history was brought back.
Kadri wouldn’t want it any other way.
Kadri smiled and said, “Yeah. I assumed they wouldn’t forget.” It’s great. It’s great to see the fans get involved in the game. That’s the best part about professional sports.”
Two minutes after the Blues were exhausted by zone time, the Flames took their lead. The visitors could then make a partial substitution. After establishing a good body position, and taking out the eyes of Kadri, Backlund was brought in to replace Kadri. The 11th tip was the Nikita Zadorov Point shot for a tiebreaker of 2-1.
It is well-deserved.
The Flames won 13-9 shots on goal after the first.
At 1:02 in the second, the Flames took a lead of 3-1 when Mangiapane scored his eighth goal of the season. He went skate-to stick and then buried it upstairs above the glove. The pinching Noah Hanifin Blake Coleman, who has been feeling a bit down lately, made an excellent feed behind the net and assisted with the second aid.
Kadri made things happen offensively, despite the fact that the boos seemed to be picking up in the second.
MacKenzie Weegar A snapper from the far end of the post just moments later nearly extended the lead, but it was too late. Tyler Toffoli The Flames continued to lean heavily on their opponent’s opponents, as a powerplay in the late period saw one of the crossesbars rung.
Toffoli now has four crossbars this year. This puts him in a tie with the league leader in that category. He also has five posts.
In the third, the Blues were able to get some momentum when Markstrom mishandled Santini’s shot from near the wall. Nikita Alexandrov was able to quickly swoop in on the rebound and clean it up. Just 28 seconds later Kyrou sent a shot from the high slot to the glove, and it became a 3-3.
The crowd was still buzzing, so Thomas converted Pavel Buchnevich’s one-time feed. But wait… After the Flames made a challenge for offside, Thomas converted a one-time feed from Pavel Buchnevich. But wait…
In the third, the Flames lost 8-6 to the Flames before Thomas won it in overtime.
Kadri stated, “Ideally you need to have at least a 2-goal advantage in the final period. If you do that, the game should be won.” But, like I mentioned, I don’t believe we lost a lot. They have great players that can take advantage of the opportunities. Tonight, I played 55 great minutes.
“It’s not enough to feed 60.”
Video: Brendan Parker breaks down the tilt tonight
THEY SAY IT:
Video: A coach shares his views on OT losses
Video: “Well, it obviously sucks.”
Video: I thought that we had done some great things
BY THE NUMBERS
Shots: CGY 31 – STL 27
Powerplay: CGY 0-for-2 – STL 1-for-2
Hits: CGY 25 – STL 22
Faceoffs: CGY 55% – STL 45%
*Scoring chances: CGY 21 – STL 24
*High-danger scoring chances: CGY 10, STL 13
*Courtesy Natural Stat Trick (5 on-5)
Dillon Dube – Elias Lindholm – Tyler Toffoli
Milan Lucic – Nazem Kadri – Jonathan Huberdeau
Andrew Mangiapane – Mikael Backlund – Blake Coleman
Trevor Lewis – Adam Ruzicka – Walker Duehr
Noah Hanifin – Rasmus Andersson
MacKenzie Weegar – Chris Tanev
Nikita Zadorov – Michael Stone
Jacob Markstrom Starter
On Thursday, the Flames will continue their 5-game road trip against the Blues. Then, they’ll travel to Dallas and Nashville to finish it off.