FINAL SCORE: Calgary Flames-4 New York Rangers-3
FIRST PERIOD: The Rangers needed to come out and start the road trip through the dreaded west on a good note. They decided to do precisely the opposite. Derek Dorsett decided to come into the period and right away take an extremely unnecessary penalty to put the Flames on the power play. After the Rangers could not clear the puck, and the whole arena got confused by a crossbar Joe Colborne put in his 10th goal of the season on a rebound to give the Flames a 1-0 lead. A few minutes later Martin St. Louis thought he would get lucky after kicking the puck into the net, Toronto did as Toronto does and took the goal away from the Rangers and kept the score at 1-0. The Rangers then got numerous chances on goal but Karri Ramo was not letting anything in. Then with less than five minutes to go in the period Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi decided to take a shift off and let Mark Giordano walk right in and score to give the Flames a 2-0 lead. After more Rangers chances, the period ended and the Rangers led 18-10 in shots but were down 2-0 in goals.
SECOND PERIOD: The Rangers looked to have a good start to this period in order to get back into the game, and that is exactly what they got. In the first six minutes of the period the Rangers scored three goals to go from a two goal deficit to a one goal lead. The goals were scored by Brian Boyle, Raphael Diaz scored his first goal as a Ranger, and Brad Richards. After dominating the play for most of the time after that, the Rangers had another defensive lapse which led to the Flames third goal to tie the game with a little over five minutes left in the period. As the period was winding down, with just eight seconds left, Mike Cammalleri scored the fourth goal and eventual game winner on a shot that should have been saved by Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers ended the period tied in shots 12-12, up 30-22 for the game so far and losing 4-3.
THIRD PERIOD: The third period was boring for the most part. Both teams had their chances and both goalies were equal to every task. The Rangers received a power play opportunity that went along with all the other power plays as of late, and could not be capitalized on. As the period was closing, with two minutes and eight seconds left in the game St. Louis took a penalty, which eliminated ANY hopes the Rangers had at tying the game at 4. As the Rangers fell 4-3 in Calgary, they look to bounce back on Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers. The shot count at the end of the game was in favor of the Rangers, 41-28.