I’m afraid last night’s third period thug-fest between the Ducks and the Flames is the shape of things to come in the first round of the playoffs. It’s either Anaheim or Chicago for the Flames, depending on whether or not they can hold on to the top wild card seed
If they do and if it’s the Ducks, that slow, miserable, punch-in-the-head-after-the-whistle game is what we’ll see in round one. And it’s the kind of game the Flames can’t afford to get sucked in to, because they’re ill-equipped for it. Fact is, the Ducks are built for that kind of game. The Flames succeed when can create space for skill players like Johnny Gaudreau to go do that voodoo, that they do, so well.
But if history’s any indicator, and it is, the officials will sit back and let the clutch and grab dictate the game. That doesn’t bode well. Despite the fiasco at the end, there were positives to take away from the way the Flames played in the Ducks in their building through the first 40. Let’s hope that carries over the middle of next week.