CALGARY, AB -- It was a tight matchup between the Calgary Flames and the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night but a late goal from Tomas Holstrom gave the visitors the 2-1 victory.
The Flames had a great chance to break the 1-1 tie in the third period when they were given a 4:00 power play but couldn't get anything past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
After the game, the Flames lamented their inability to score with the man advantage and said it played a huge role in the loss.
"As a power play, you get a 4:00 and you'd like to find ways to get a goal but also get scoring chances and keep the momentum there," captain Jarome Igina sighed.
"That was definitely a missed opportunity tonight. It was a tight game. Both teams knew what was on the line."
The Flames were determined to have a better start than they had in Vancouver and they accomplished that. Craig Conroy scored his 3rd of the season with an easy tap-in at the side of the net. Nigel Dawes' shot had Jimmy Howard across the crease when the puck bounced over a waiting and the veteran forward simply batted it in to give the Flames the early lead.
Calgary was given a golden opportunity to put themselves ahead by two when Curtis Glencross was awarded a penalty shot after his breakaway attempt on the penalty kill was disrupted. Instead of going with his patented high glove side shot he opted for a low stick side shot and Howard closed the door.
"Glennie did a great job getting the penalty shot," Iginla said. "It's not like you count on those. It didn't go in for us, that's fine, we have a 1-0 lead at that point but they got an important power play goal (right after)."
Pavel Datsyuk was able to even the game up with just 10 seconds left in the second period while the Red Wings were on the power play. The shifty winger danced around the penalty killers before wiring a shot past a heavily screened Kiprusoff.
Tomas Holmstrom killed the Flames hope of jumping into the final playoff position when he was able to tap-in a John Franzen point shot with just 1:19 left in the third period.
The Flames will hit the road for their next game, squaring off against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Game time is 7:00 p.m. MST on TSN & The FAN 960.
|WHY THE FLAMES LOST |
|It was a tight game for 60 minutes but the Flames inability to connect with the man advantage was the reason they couldn't pull out at least a point in overtime. The Red Wings handed them a golden opportunity to make it 2-1 in the third period when blueliner Brian Rafalski took a 4:00 high sticking penalty. Calgary had their chances with the man advantage but just couldn't quite find a way to cash in on the extended power play. |
|GAME NOTES |
|The Flames had one change in their scratch list on Monday night - Christopher Higgins was a game-time scratch, putting Nigel Dawes into the lineup in his place. Calgary also left out D Adam Pardy, F Brian McGrattan and F Mikael Backlund. Detroit scratched D Derek Meech and D Jonathan Ericsson. |
|TONIGHT'S DIGITS |
|3 - Goals for Conroy this season. |
26:24 - Ice time for Jay Bouwmeester.
1:47 - The time it took for Calgary to get themselves on the board.
4 - Shots on net for Niklas Hagman, Iginla and Glencross.
5 - Hits for Giordano. He led all players in this category.
|"They beat us on the special teams and our power play ... we have to find a way to get a big goal." - Iginla |
"There's no doubt those are big plays but that is part of the game and you take that opportunity every chance. They're kind of like a 5-on-3: if you don't score, it's big for the defensive team ... unfortunately it didn't go for us." - Iginla on Glencross' penalty shot
"If our average would be even just one more (goal), we would have won a lot more games. It's tough when our goalie plays so well and then we lose 2-1, 2-0 or even 1-0. We should try to create and get some offense to help our goalie." - Hagman on the team's offense
|HARDEST WORKING FLAMES |
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|Miikka Kiprusoff |
Made a ton of highlight reel saves, stopped 26 shots
| ||Craig Conroy |
He had a lot of jump all night, scored the lone goal
| ||Mark Giordano |
A physical presence for 60 minutes, had 5 hits in 18:17 ice time