The Calgary Flames had a statement win on Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers. The statement that best sums up their game in Montreal on Monday night was “Yikes.” The Flames were out-shot and out-played en route to a 2-0 shutout loss at Bell Center to the Canadiens.
Montreal look the lead late in the first period (on their 14th shot). A Jeff Petry wrap-around attempt was blocked, but Jordan Weal grabbed the loose puck and his spin-and-shoot beat David Rittich inside the far post. That made it 1-0 Habs.
Shots were 17-7 Canadiens and scoring chances 13-4 Canadiens in the first period.
Neither team scored in the second period. The Habs sat back a bit but still out-shot the Flames 15-9. The Flames had a slight chances edge by a 9-7 margin.
Ryan Poehling scored in the third period to make it 2-0. Off a face-off scramble he grabbed the puck and waited out Rittich, shooting past him after the goaltender elected to sprawl downward.
Shot were 15-5 Flames and chances 9-3 Flames in the third.
Why the Flames Lost
Montreal was better in every game situation in just about every period. Aside from goaltending, no particular aspect of the Flames game looked impressive.
There is no second choice.
The Turning Point
Can we go with puck drop? The Flames weren’t particularly good in this game. They were unlikely to claw back from a 1-0 deficit. Poehling’s second Habs goal was a back-breaker.
Data via Natural Stat Trick. Percentage stats are 5v5.
This and That
After five straight wins and an emotional win over Edmonton on Saturday, Calgary falls very flat in Montreal in a 2-0 loss.
That’s a league-leading sixth time they’ve been shutout this season. #Flames
— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) January 14, 2020
The Flames (25-18-5) are back in action on Thursday night when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs.