The Calgary Flames continued to struggle last night even in a place they have recently had success in. Over the past few years the Battle of Alberta has predominantly been all about the Flames. Now, it seems the tables have turned and Edmonton will control the series.
It is obvious to notice that the guys with the flaming ‘C’ are unguided. After their captain, Jarome Iginla, got traded to Pittsburgh, it’s been a rough road since. There does not seem to be a sense of leadership on the ice. The Flames need a guy to step up soon if Calgary is serious about a playoff push.
About four minutes in to Monday’s game, Edmonton rookie Justin Schultz, was all alone in the slot and beat Kipper with a beautiful shot. The Oilers finished out the period getting two more from Taylor Hall and Ryan Jones. There was no scoring in the second period despite a better effort from the Flames. In the third, another Oiler’ rookie got on the scoresheet. Nail Yakupov netted his seventh of the season halfway in the period. With just over a minute left the grinder line of Jackman, McGrattan and Begin, picked up Calgary’s only goal in the game. It was Brian McGrattan’s second of the season. He has scored in two-straight games.
The Battle of Alberta continues again Wednesday night as the two teams will square off at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 8:00pm MT.
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