Flames Thoughts: Star players struggle in loss to Bruins

Trailing 2-1 following the first period, the Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to defeat the Flames 5-2 at TD Garden in Boston.


The Flames had a pretty strong first period despite giving up a goal less than a minute into the game.

After a disastrous first shift that led to a Riley Nash goal, the Flames squared the score less than two minutes later when Garnet Hathaway came flying in on the forecheck, knocked Noel Acciari off the puck behind the net and set-up Sam Bennett for his eighth of the season. The Flames then jumped out in front just before the 10-minute mark, when on a beautiful backhand-to-forehand move in-tight, Johnny Gaudreau stretched his point streak to seven games with his 19th goal of the season.

After going toe-to-toe with the second overall Bruins in the opening 20 minutes, the Flames looked like they were out of gas in the second and third period. The Bruins dominated most of the final 40 minutes, out-shooting the Flames 29-17 and picking up another goal by Nash, two by Patrice Bergeron and an empty-netter by Zdeno Chara.


It’s tough to win in the NHL when your best players aren’t your best players, especially against a squad as strong as the Bruins.

With the exception of Gaudreau, who scored, had two shots on seven shot attempts, and played more than 23 minutes for the fourth time this season, I thought the Flames top six forwards struggled, as did their top four defencemen.


Garnet Hathaway was a wrecking ball on Tuesday.

In the first period, the Bruins had seven hits. Hathaway had six. He …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport


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