It’s pretty clear now that there is no love lost between the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. In Games 2 and 3, the teams have combined for 213 penalty minutes in the THIRD PERIOD alone.
Although Game 2 was much more of a melee, the teams mellowed out a bit for Game 3. A bit.
Calgary entered the third period on Sunday with a 2-1 lead. Minutes after puck drop to start the period, 18-year-old Sam Bennett scored his first NHL goal to put the Flames up 3-1.
Then, as it had in games past, ‘ish started to hit the fan. The penalties from the third period were as follows:
For those keeping score at home, Alexandre Burrows won the penalty minute contest for the period with 19 minutes. The Department of Player Safety will take a look at everything transpired and dole out punishments as they see fit. It’s possible the Canucks could be without Burrows for his boarding hit on little Johnny Gaudreau.
From our friends at ProHockey Talk, here’s a look at the fisticuffs throughout the third:
The Flames put the game nearly out of reach when Sean Monahan converted on a 5-on-3. With the goalie pulled, Jannik Hansen brought the Canucks within 2 goals, but it wasn’t it enough with the time remaining. Calgary wins 4-2 and goes up 2-1 in the series.
So, what now for Vancouver? Eddie Lack has 3 starts in the series and only 1 win. Could Ryan Miller find himself in net for Game 4? Never say never when it comes to goaltenders in Vancouver…
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