The virtual Calgary Flames headed to Las Vegas on Sunday night for Game 3 of the simulated first round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. For the first time, the house didn’t win: the Flames were full marks en route to a 4-2 victory. They lead the best-of-seven series 2-1.

The rundown

The Flames got an early lead after Sean Monahan redirected a slick pass from Elias Lindholm off the rush after the opening draw to go up 1-0. But Vegas tied things up before the end of the period, as Paul Stastny took advantage of a rebound on a Golden Knights power play to tie things up at 1-1.

The visitors took control in the second period. Marc-Andre Fleury made a big save off an initial scoring chance, but Mikael Backlund grabbed the loose puck and beat Fleury to the far post on a wrap-around to make it 2-1 Flames. A little while later, Lindholm jumped on a rebound off the rush and put the loose puck behind Fleury to give the Flames a 3-1 lead. William Karlsson scored on another Vegas power play, taking advantage of another loose rebound, to cut the Calgary lead to 3-2 before the second intermission.

But the Flames managed to hold Vegas off in the third period. Monahan scored off the rush off another opening face-off win to make it 4-2. The Flames held on for the victory.

Like in Game 2, the Flames never trailed. Vegas out-shot them 31-12, but the Flames picked up their first victory ever at T-Mobile Arena.

Three Stars

  1. Sean Monahan (Calgary)
  2. Elias Lindholm (Calgary)
  3. David Rittich (Calgary)

(Spookily, the exact same three stars as in Calgary for Game 2.)

Up Next

Game 4’s simulation goes Tuesday night in Vegas.