The Five Takeaways: Flames vs. Avs
The Flames were off to a tough start tonight after getting behind by two goals early in the match. The first goal came at early at 3:21 with an unassisted goal by Mark Olver. The Flames managed to fend off the Avalanche until they scored again at 10:56 to bring the score to 2-0.
Despite outshooting the Avalanche 12 – 10 in the first the Flames were unable to capitalize on their chances. After these two early goals the Flames were left chasing the Avalanche going into the second period.
The Flames continued their streak of strong second period play with some great shots on net. Keeping the puck in the Avalanche zone for a large portion of the period they were able to get great opportunities on the net.
The Flames special team was strong in the second and created numerous scrums in front of the net that nearly resulted in goals. Despite two key power play opportunities the Flames were unable to score. With numerous promising chances it was an issue of finishing that just didn’t work out for the Flames tonight. The Flames had six shots on net in those two power plays.
Unfortunately the Flames were unable to finish on these scoring chances and the Avalanche scored another goal making it 3 – 0 at the end of the second. The second ended with the Flames ahead on scoring chances at 26 – 17.
Both teams came out looking sluggish in the third. With less than 10 combined shots taken in the first half of the third it didn’t feel like there was a real drive for either team. It was a slow and tired period with neither team really taking control.
The Flames managed to get a few good chances on net in this period that culminated in captain Jarome Iginla getting a goal at 19:22 in the third to give the Flames their lone goal of the game.
The Flames buried Avalanche goaltender Seymon Varlamov tonight and constantly kept the puck on the Avalanche goal. Outshooting the Avs, it was not chances but the back of the net that was elusive for the Flames tonight.
There was no getting past this wall of a goalie tonight and he managed to keep the Flames to only one goal. With a final shot count of 39 it was an impressive game for the Avalanche netminder.
The loss tonight leaves the Flames out of the playoffs and makes it extremely difficult to climb back into the race. The Flames will have to look to other teams in the league of they hope to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Flames are currently three points behind the LA Kings with a maximum of six possible points left in the season. Colorado is currently tied with 88 points for the coveted eighth place position with a maximum of four points left in the season.