the Calgary Flames lost to Vegas Golden Knights 6-1 – Flamesnation

The Calgary Flames had a chance to clinch a post-season berth on Thursday night. Instead, they played a fairly haphazard game, dropping a 6-1 decision to the visiting Vegas Golden Knights.

The recap is here, if you missed it. Here are selected highlights and post-game comments from Tuesday night.


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Head coach Darryl Sutter

On what was lacking against Vegas: “Urgency, energy, emotion, those things. One team was way more focused and urgent.”

On what he was told from the lengthy review on the hit on Chris Tanev: “It’s’ cause of the rule. It’s automatic. Once they deem it was a blow to the head, they look to see if it’s a major or a minor, or a match, right? So they just deemed, the referee said it went off the chest and then head, so it wasn’t direct.”

On pulling Jacob Markstrom for the second time in two games: “I’m not a guy that pulls goals, but I think tonight was different. I think the other night was trying to get some momentum out of our team, because it was after the second period. But tonight it was more I thought the players really let him down. I didn’t want to leave him in there.”

On what the team needs to do to support their goalies: “I think that’s a group thing. That’s a checking thing. That’s a group of five. We weren’t a very firm team in that part of the game at all, if you do it on what we’re really good at. Not turning pucks over, not giving up odd-man [situations], because that’s what those were. That’s a lack of preparation on those players’ parts, on our team’s part, and I’ll take responsibility for it, right. I’ve stuck with the process of letting them and you give them a little, you’ve got to take it back, also. That’s the way it works.”

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