It's great that we got the point and now we have to forget about this game and move on and get ready for the next one. Obviously, we'd like to have the two. But at this time of year, it's like the playoffs, you have to forget about it and move on. - Dennis Wideman
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames wanted two. They’ll have to settle for one in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.
“It was a big point for us, but obviously we'd like to get two,” defenceman Dennis Wideman said.
“Every point is important. Obviously, it's great that we got the point and now we have to forget about this game and move on and get ready for the next one. Obviously, we'd like to have the two. But at this time of year, it's like the playoffs, you have to forget about it and move on.”
With the single, Calgary moves two clear of the Los Angeles Kings for third in the Pacific Division. The Kings hold one game at hand over the Flames. Two points would’ve pulled Calgary ahead of the Winnipeg Jets, too, who currently hold the second wild card entry into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
“We need two points and losing that one in overtime is tough to swallow right now,” said defenceman Kris Russell, who’s rare gaff early in the third period allowed Columbus forward Artem Anisimov to tie the game and eventually force extra time. “At the same time, we're going to take that point and try and build off it.”
Calgary was forced to settle for one thanks in large part to Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who made 38 saves to help Columbus sweep through Western Canada for the first time in franchise history after wins against the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks, too.
Bobrovsky made 14 saves in the third period and another pair in overtime before former Flames forward Rene Bourque scored the game-winner, his second goal of the game.
“He's a really good goalie,” Wideman said. “He's obviously great at initial shots and he's one of the best at reading shots through screens and stuff, too. He really picks up the puck. I thought he was really good tonight. [Karri Ramo] was really good for us, too, tonight. They had some chances, too.”
The Flames have 10 games remaining in the regular season.
Each comes against a member of the West.
The focus, according to Bob Hartley, looks forward.
“We have to park it,” Hartley said. “We have to put it behind us. Tomorrow we practice and that's the beauty of the NHL. We play so many games, there's no sense feeling sorry for ourselves.
“And you know what, we didn't play a bad game. They capitalized on our mistakes and that's the game of hockey.
“One point but we don't know if it's going to be enough. The expectations of this group, we never satisfy ourselves with mediocrity and one point out of two is no reason to celebrate.”