this Calgary Flame In the game against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, he has been doing everything until the midpoint of the second quarter. Thanks to Adam Ruzika’s goal early in the second game, they maintained a 3-1 lead, which made them feel very safe considering their excellent defense at the beginning of the season.
However, for this group, in a very unusual way, they gave up three outstanding goals to end the second quarter and lost the final 5-3. Their greatly improved defensive game disappeared because they seemed to return to the 2020-21 season, which caused them to miss the playoffs completely.
The frustration of Sartre Vent
For most people, this game seems to be no big deal. Even the best teams have a smell, and given the recent performance of the Flames, this will happen sooner or later.for Daryl SartreHowever, his job is to ensure that his team does not have this type of competition, and He didn’t hesitate Let everyone know that the effort last night was far from enough.
“Our defense had a very difficult night,” Sartre told reporters. “The six guards played like an exhibition game.”
Although his main setback seems to be on his defenders, he is not satisfied with any performance of the team, including the rookie goalkeeper. Dan VladalApart from this game, who has been rock solid at the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
“These are defensive errors. Our goalkeeper must be better than theirs,” Sartre said, alluding to the Sharks’ first four goals that night. “Our goalkeeper has problems with traffic and rebounds.
“Disappointing. Lack of nets, lack of tasks, turning the puck over. We must be better than that.”
Pacific Division is more competitive than expected
The loss to the Sharks was a wake-up call for the Flames and showed that the difference was much tighter than expected. Before the start of the 2021-22 season, the Vegas Golden Cavaliers and Edmonton Oilers are expected to compete for the top spot. However, the Flames currently occupy that position. People also expect teams like the Sharks and the Anaheim Ducks to really struggle. May be the lottery team, But this is not even close to this situation.
At the time of writing, the Ducks are ranked second in the Pacific, while the Sharks are ranked fourth and currently maintain their wild card position in the West. At the same time, the Oilers rank third in the division (although they have games on hand), while the Golden Cavaliers are shockingly fifth. Although the situation may change, the division is very tight now, which emphasizes the importance of cross-division competitions. In short, the Flames can’t often do what they did on Tuesday night.
Although last night seems to be an outlier, but for this week’s Fire team, things will not get easier. They are facing the Carolina Hurricanes, they, Despite recent struggles, Is one of the strongest teams in the entire NHL. Then they played against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, and they recently started to pack things up and use their potential.
It will be interesting to see how this team responds to Sartre’s frustration, because he has no reason to disclose his players to the media as many times as in 2020-21 this season. Since they seem to be well-adjusted to his strict inspection style approach, it seems that they have fully accepted it, which means we should expect them to make better efforts in the remaining two games of the week.
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