On March 13th, the Detroit Red Wings took on the last place Calgary Flames in Calgary.
In the first two periods, apart from some bad bounces, the Red Wings played very good hockey. A few times they were able to pressure the Flames and keep them in their own zone for long periods of time. Then the third period rolled around and everything changed.
In the third period the Flames were able to score 3 goals on the Wings. Here are the breakdowns that led to the goals.
The Red Wings turn the puck over at the blue line and the Flames bring the puck into the zone. Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith, Corey Emmerton, and Patrick Eaves are all staring at the puck.
Curtis Glencross notices Lee Stempniak all alone in the slot and gets the puck to him. No one picks up Stempniak, which left him a wide open net and an easy goal.
Valtteri Filppula receives a pass on the boards and instead of throwing it up the boards he sends a blind pass out to the middle ice, which is pick off by the Flames.
After picking off Filppula’s pass Glencross is wide open in the slot, with no one around him, and fires it past Gustavsson.
Johan Franzen receives a pass along the boards and as he is bringing it out of the zone when Mikael Backlund cuts him off and steals the puck.
Backlund passed the puck up to Blake Comeau, who brought the puck into the slot and wristed it past Gustavsson.
On three separate occasions the Red Wings lost the puck and then gave the Flames great scoring opportunities, in which they capitalized. I have been saying the same thing for the past few Red Wing games and I will say it again turnovers are killing the team.