Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gulatzan Embarrassed by Flames Performance vs. Oilers

Head coach Glen Gulatzan started out with a pretty calm explanation about the Calgary Flames 7-3 loss at Scotiabank Saddledome tonight, but when he was asked about his team's compete level against the rival Oilers, he showed his true feelings about the team's loss.

"It's embarrassing," Gulutzan said. "It's embarrassing. I don't talk to the guys after the game, win or lose, I talk to them the next day, but certainly in the coaches' room, emotions are high. It's embarrassing."

The Flames fell behind 3-0 before six minutes had passed, and Chad Johnson was relieved by Brian Elliott at 5:58. But Elloitt couldn't keep the Oilers from adding to their lead in the second. They expanded the lead to 5-0 by the 12:24 mark on Connor McDavid's 16th of the season and Jordan Eberle's 11th (and second of the game).

Edmonton swept the season series with the Flames for the first time in history and improved to 5-0-1 in their last six. Goaltender laurent Brossoit earned his first NHL victory in the contest, making 38 saves in his season debut.

The Oilers are now just one point out of first in the Pacific Division and nine clear of the Flames in the standings.

“For sure it’s important," said Oilers captain Connor McDavid. "They’re fighting for a playoff spot too and that puts them nine points back. Those are points they can’t get back."