The Calgary Flames are facing adversity as they got crushed by the Colorado Avalanche to go down 2 – 1 in the series.
After losing at home in overtime in game two, the Flames had their worst game of the year Monday night losing 6 – 2 in game three.
Colorado fired a fury of shots at the Flames. Mike Smith faced a total of 56 shots, which is an absurd amount and unacceptable in a playoff game. Calgary has faced a determined Colorado team as the Flames have been outplayed in game two and three.
The Flames need to approach game four with a sense of urgency and look at it as a must-win game.
“It’s an opportunity to look in the mirror and see what we’re all about. We’ll find a lot about ourselves moving forward,” said head coach Bill Peters courtesy from an article on NHL.com.
Indeed we will Bill. Up to this point, the Flames have responded well to adversity but will we see that same mentality from Calgary moving forward?
I think we will but it’s important to remember these points.
The Sky isn’t falling
Despite the unexpected, the Flames are still in this series and with a win tonight the Flames will be going back home with the series tied with two of the next three games at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
On the bright side, so far in the playoffs, our biggest question was whether or not Mike Smith was going to play well enough and he has answered the call.
He has been Calgary’s best player this series alongside Sam Bennett who has at least one point in every game this series.
Time to move on from stopping the unstoppable
The whole series the Flames have been trying to stop or slow down Nathan MacKinnon. They’ve experimented putting one of their best defensive forwards on him in Mikael Backlund and it hasn’t worked out.
MacKinnon is no doubt an NHL all-star and is a threat to score every time he is on the ice. It’s time to face the fact the Flames won’t be able to contain him, but rather try and beat him at their own game. The Flames need to spend more time in the offensive zone because in all the games thus far they have been pushed back on their heels.
Calgary needs the top line to get out of their slump and get back to playing Flames hockey. When the line of Monahan, Gaudreau, and Lindholm are playing at the top of their game that line is lethal, to say the least.
On the most recent episode of the Calgary Flames Firestarter podcast they had Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s Peter Loubardias as a guest and he said something that stuck out to me.
He said it’s important for the Flames to make the Avalanche chase them rather than the Flames trying to contain Colorado’s top line. We’ve seen plenty of examples this season when the Flames play fearless and aggressive opposing teams have no answer.
This isn’t a young up and coming team anymore. The ‘young guys’ have a few seasons under their belt and plenty of playoff experience. Over the years the Flames core has been questioned whether they can get it done in the playoffs.
This is the year to prove it.
Prove them wrong because Calgary has your back.
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