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.

GOOD FOR 20, BAD FOR 40

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.

TOUGH NIGHT FOR TOP PLAYERS

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.

HATHAWAY’S HIT PARADE

Garnet Hathaway was a wrecking ball on Tuesday.

In the first period, the Bruins had seven hits. Hathaway had six. He finished the night with nine, one shy of the franchise record set by Denis Gauthier in 1999.

Thanks in large part to the truculent forward, I though the third line of Hathaway, Mark Jankowski and Bennett was the Flames’ most effective group against the Bruins.

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