MONTREAL – This, as Geoff Ward noted, is a worrying pattern.
This time, a chicken egg.
“Twice this has happened to us after a great emotional game in which we broke the next game,” said the interim coach of Flames, whose frank post-game evaluation made him the sharpest Flame of the night.
“It’s the time of the year when we can’t do that. We have to be prepared to play. We don’t. We face, compete, compete, work from the initial confrontation. It took us a long time to start trying to return to the hockey game.”
Surpassed 17-7 in the first and 32-16 after two, the most positive that came out of an uninspired effort against a desperate Canadiens club was that David Rittich’s performance (an eventual 35 saves) somehow kept him within one by going to the third.
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“There is not enough emotional attachment to the game,” Ward said. “We talked about how (Montreal) could potentially be a cheat game and sit too much in the game (of Edmonton). It is something we have to rectify. This is part of learning to win. When the game (previous) ends, it ends and you must move on to the next one. “
At the end of last month, the Flames followed a 5-1 sweep of the Oilers in Edmonton with a 5-2 plant in front of the Canucks.
This time, the flames barely threatened to beat Price, sending all their shots from the periphery with no secondary chance of noticing.
It was the sixth time league leader that the Flames were excluded this season.
While it’s only his first defeat in six games, the surprisingly poor effort spoke of the wild inconsistency that has plagued the team this year.
While the rest of the hockey world spent the first period chewing the suspension of two games transmitted to Zack Kassian, the flames spent a lot of time watching the Habs in a skating clinic.
However, there they were in the third, just a good shot to tie the game, something the Flames have done well throughout the season on the road to an unlikely hanger in the Pacific Division with Arizona.
“We really didn’t go in all night, most of the shots we took, (Price) saw,” said Ward, who was on a roll.
“If you’re not working hard and don’t play with the structure, it’s hard to let your ability come to light.” We talked about how sometimes in this league it’s not about playing a good hand, it’s about playing a bad hand well. We had the opportunity to go out and play 20 minutes and win a game. “
Unfortunately, they did not.
One of those nights.
It could be argued that Flames’ best scoring opportunity came in the middle of the game, when Ilya Kovalchuk almost put it on his own net during a delayed Flames penalty. Kovalchuk’s central pass bounced off the Milan Lucic skate and slid down the ice, just five feet wide from the empty net.
“We went out with flat feet and they took us all night” Johnny Gaudreau said. “We just have to be better. This is a great game that comes from a great victory at home and we wanted to start this road trip the right way and it was not our best effort.”
The flames had only two shots at that point.
In the middle of a third period that saw the flames show signs of life, Ryan Poehling saved the game with his first of the year.
The following are the Maple Leafs in Toronto, where a good part of the llamas comes from.
In that sense, it’s another great game.
The way they respond will contribute greatly to set the tone for the rest ordered by the team league, which starts on Sunday.