Calgary minor hockey product Adin Hill helps shorthanded Sharks cool Flames – .

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Calgary minor hockey product Adin Hill helps shorthanded Sharks cool Flames – .


Minutes into the 10-game streak with at least one point for the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, Milan Lucic was asked what would be the key to getting his team back to zero.
“You just have to start a new one,” he smirked, adding one of the only pieces of entertainment to the club’s last appearance at the Dome ahead of a seven-game roadie – a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.

“We have to do what we did in the first game of the last trip – you can’t look at the road trip as a whole – you want to start the trip on the right note. The most important thing right now is to regroup and reset and have a good start and be ready to play and have a good first half in Montreal and start from there.

“We’ve built a foundation, we’ve built an identity and something that we can come back to and that we can rely on, and that’s going to give us success and that’s something we have to do on the face-off. Thursday evening.

Three nights after staging one of the most memorable and comprehensive efforts in recent franchise history, Lucic’s Flames failed against a team of Sharks with more unnamed names than Superstore.

The combination of a COVID-19 decimated rebuild has resulted in 11 San Jose players with less than 50 games of training experience against one of the league’s most prominent clubs.

Still, after trading goals 30 seconds apart to open the second period, the Flames entered the third period with no apparent response for Calgary Buffaloes product Adin Hill. The keeper also added two assists.

A second period with 19 shots and 10 high-danger scoring chances always left the Flames tied ahead of a third period in which they vowed to trust the process that tied them several previous games in third.

Not this time.

“I thought we got the better of them in the second and I thought we could keep going,” said coach Darryl Sutter, who spent the morning warning his team of the dangers of taking the youngster lightly. Sharks training.

“I’m not so sure it was a hot goalie – it was a close game. This is how San José plays. They give you zero on the rush and they don’t take penalties. You have to mark as we have marked.

The Flames’ goal came from a review which revealed that an Andrew Mangiapane jam job in the crease had, in fact, crossed the line.

It wasn’t pretty, but that night absolutely nothing was.

It was the opposite of Saturday night’s love with the fans that saw the hosts win 6-0 against the New York Rangers.

Four minutes into the start of the third, Nikita Zadorov started a change with a hellish hit on the open ice on Alexander Barabanov that gave fans much to celebrate.

However, his shift ended with a Logan Couture wrist deflection of his stick which beat Jacob Markstrom and established himself as the winner in a 4-1 loss that featured two empty nets.

The Flames later insisted that they hadn’t fallen victim to the typical trap game that came with playing an AHL roster on the last date before a seven-game trip.

But they’ll still be looking to redeem themselves at the Bell Center on Thursday against a Montreal Canadiens team that denied Calgary the last place in the playoffs last season.

“We talked about it and we knew it would be a similar game in Pittsburgh where they would have a lot of energy, a lot of speed and a good forward failure,” said Mikael Backlund.

“I thought in the second we played faster and better and our power play also created some momentum. They did a good job playing with the head. Thanks to these guys because they had a lot of young guys but they worked hard and we knew it was going to be a tough game because of the way they play.

Calgary finished the five-game homestand with a 2-1-2 record, setting the stage for an interesting trip to the East where the Flames will see if they can continue to build on their final road swing, which has saw the 7-2-3 team start off with a perfect 5-0.

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