If anybody was anticipating the Calgary Flames to return out flat, effectively …
That didn’t occur.
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As a substitute, the Flames (24-17-10) obtained themselves embroiled in a correctly mean-spirited contest in opposition to the host New York Rangers (28-14-8) on Monday evening at Madison Sq. Backyard.
Sadly, the Flames did wind up on the dropping finish of a 5-4 extra time defeat.
Disappointing consequence? Positive. And there have been professionals and cons, little question, however no person can accuse the Flames of getting a scarcity of power after their nine-day all-star/bye week break.
They got here to play. They gave pretty much as good as they obtained.
Monday evening felt like old-school hockey. Rangers defenceman Jacob Trouba was in the course of a whole lot of it, seemingly waking up on the improper facet of the mattress and taking — clear — runs at a variety of Flames forwards.
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The Calgarians responded in their very own, ornery approach, with Chris Tanev, MacKenzie Weegar and Dillon Dube all throwing punches in response to the Rangers’ aggression.
For all of the combat the Flames confirmed, the outcomes didn’t go their approach, although.
So what occurred?
The place to begin?
3 times, the Rangers took the lead.
3 times, the Flames responded and tied issues up.
Filip Chytil scored twice within the opening two durations for the Rangers, just for Blake Coleman and Tyler Toffoli to tie issues up.
Then, Mika Zibanejad put the Rangers up 3-2, however Andrew Mangiapane evened the rating early within the third earlier than Michael Stone gave the Calgary crew their first lead of the sport.
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The twists and turns weren’t carried out, although, as Zibanejad tied issues at 4-4 just a few quick minutes later.
It was solely pure that the sport went to extra time, and ultimately it was Alexis Lafreniere who earned the Rangers the win on a aim the place Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom might do completely nothing.
Taking some extent on the highway is definitely not a foul factor. They’ll be disillusioned to not have earned two, however there might be no complaints in regards to the effort by the Flames on the evening.
When you’re a impartial, you needed to be thrilled with what you noticed on Monday evening.
It was solely the consequence that was disappointing.
Extra of the identical on this four-game road-trip in opposition to the Detroit Crimson Wings, Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators, and the Flames will probably return to Calgary feeling OK about themselves.
One of many large questions heading into Monday’s sport was whether or not Tanev can be out there. He was damage within the Flames’ sport in opposition to the Columbus Blue Jackets a pair weeks in the past and missed two video games, however was — as-promised — again to play in opposition to the Rangers. It wasn’t all clean crusing, although. Tanev briefly left Monday’s sport on the finish of the primary interval after he’d served his time within the field for a combat with Jacob Trouba. It’s most likely understating issues a bit to say that it was a giant reduction to see Tanev return for the second interval. He’s just too essential a participant for the Flames to begin imagining situations the place he’s out long-term … Dube undoubtedly didn’t win his combat with Trouba after the Rangers defenceman blew up Kadri on the finish of the second interval, however you’ve got to respect the man for stepping in in opposition to a considerably greater opponent and defending his teammate … Weegar did quite a bit higher in opposition to Willie Cuylle earlier within the interval … Mangiapane’s aim early within the third interval went off his skate and Flames followers received’t complain in regards to the remaining determination after a assessment, however any individual’s obtained to correctly clarify the principles of what counts as a kick and what doesn’t as a result of it positive does really feel inconsistent … Markstrom completely robbed Jimmy Vesey late within the second interval. Simply a fully soiled glove save. Ridiculous, undecided what else to say about it. Simply an absurd piece of glove-work … A pal who was at Madison Sq. Backyard texted to say that the New Yorkers in his part had been mad on the Flames however couldn’t correctly pronounce “Calgary”, so we will take some consolation in that.