The inability to close an opponent is what will be the lasting impression of Game One between the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks.
The Cardiac Flames have the reputation to find a way in the third period and they did so again, taking advantage of the Canucks mistakes and their inability to clear their own zone.
On both Calgary goals last night, it was a simple case of not getting the puck out. Yannik Weber was the first culprit…they should call him Panic Weber. Up the middle in a one goal game in your own zone and in the third period is not only unacceptable, it is egregious.
The game winner you could see from a mile away. Calgary won the battles they had to in the final moments and engaged their defence to score the game winner. All their work down low created room for Kris Russell, and in a tight game…mistakes equal losses.
Vancouver must regroup from this crushing defeat by eliminating the simple mistakes that cost them this game. They had their chances but just didn’t bury them.
If there were any positives that were taken from this game it was that the Canucks generated plenty of offence, they just didn’t capitalize. The power play was given opportunities that Calgary doesn’t normally give and that was thanks to the pressure that Vancouver applied. The problem was it wasn’t consistent enough. Calgary won the better part of the second and the third period by not panicking and relying on their skill players to create room.
Game Two is Friday night at Roger’s Arena…