Introduction: Flames’ Loss to Nashville
The Calgary Flames concluded their five-game, 10-day road trip with a 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Flames’ Effort Criticized by Zadorov
Defenceman Nikita Zadorov was not pleased with the team’s effort, calling it “pathetic” and noting that the energy and commitment just wasn’t there. The loss snapped the team’s five-game point streak, and they were unable to secure a loser point for the first time in six outings.
Flames’ Coverage and Disallowed Goal Criticized by Sutter
Coach Darryl Sutter was not happy with the team’s coverage on both of the first period goals, which saw Jacob Markstrom victimized by bad bounces off of defender’s legs. Sutter also took issue with the disallowed goal by Tyler Toffoli in the final period, which would have tied the game 2-2. The goal was overturned by video review, as there was a distinct kicking motion on Toffoli’s part.
Flames’ Positive Outcome of Road Trip
Sutter, however, did point out that the team did secure more points than games played on the road trip, which he considers a standard litmus test for lengthy journeys. The Flames were able to snag at least a loser point in 17 of their last 22 games, making them the second-best team in the NHL since December 3rd.
Flames’ Credit to Nashville Predators
Credit should also be given to the Predators, who came into the game seven points behind the team’s and on the verge of dropping out of the wild card race. They set the tone early and used the energy from the home crowd to put the team’s on their heels from the start.
Flames’ Goalkeeper Markstrom’s Performance
Markstrom will once again take heat from his critics, but it’s important to note that the goals he allowed were not entirely his fault. The team’s will have to take a hard look at their coverage and effort in order to bounce back from this disappointing loss. Despite the loss, the team’ six points from the road trip is a decent outcome, but they will look to improve as they head back home.
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