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The Calgary Flames Could Not Hold On To A Lead

from Mike Koreen and Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

It took eight minutes for the Calgary Flames to turn a 3-1 second-period lead into a 4-3 deficit they couldn’t claw back from.

It took even less time for the coach to point out how it was possible.

“Our defence had a really rough night,” said Darryl Sutter following Tuesday’s 5-3 loss in San Jose against the Sharks.

“The six defencemen played like an exhibition game.”

Hoping to wrap up a four-game western roadie with their third win, the Flames started the evening by doing plenty of what this team has staked its first-place season on.

They opened the scoring 97 seconds in and proceeded to outshoot and outchance their opponents en route to a 3-1 lead four minutes into the second.

And then it turned.

At a time when it appeared the Flames would ride it out with a smothering finish, they squandered a power play and allowed three quick goals to a Sharks team that would have had no business being in the game if not for Adin Hill and his 40 saves.

This was a game the Flames should have been able to close out, and they knew it.


Game highlights are below.


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