Sports Coach wants better effort despite OT victory in Los Angeles

10:50  12 october  2017
10:50  12 october  2017 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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The Calgary Flames may have won three games in a row, snapped a 29-game losing streak at the Honda Center and beat the L.A. Kings in enemy territory.
But through the first four games of the season and after Wednesday’s 4-3 overtime win at Staples Center — on a dandy feed from TJ Brodie to Sean Monahan — Glen Gulutzan wants to see some massive improvements from his team.
In fact, post-game Wednesday, the Flames head coach had a list ready to go and delivered it to the media.
“For me right now, our battle level and our execution needs to get better,” Gulutzan said. “Our breakouts need to get better. We’re spending too much time in our own zone. We’re giving too much off the rush with our puck management, so we do have to tidy that up … we’re getting out-chanced on a nightly basis.
“That’s cause for concern.”
It was only fitting that Will Ferrell, the star of the movie Old School was among the crowd at Staples Center. 
Because Jaromir Jagr — making his debut for the Flames on Wednesday — is about as old school as it gets.
All eyes were on the 45-year-old Czech winger as he stepped onto the ice and logged 13:38. (Post-game, by the way, he reported that he “didn’t feel well” about his performance and that he is “glad it’s done.”) 
Then, all eyes went to Matthew Tkachuk and Michael Frolik who both scored to put the Flames up 2-0 in the first period.
Then, all eyes were on Flames netminder Mike Smith, the team’s best penalty killer of the game.
Then, all eyes went to Kings forward Dustin Brown who scored back-to-back markers in the first two minutes in the third period to take a 3-2 lead over the Flames. 
Then, all eyes went back to Tkachuk who tied it at the halfway mark.
Then, it really turned ‘Old School’ with some bad blood bubbling in the final 4:31.
It started when Johnny Gaudreau drew a Drew Doughty hooking penalty at the blueline. Towards the end of the power-play, Tkachuk tried to muscle his way to the goalmouth leading to a scramble and some fisticuffs thrown. Sam Bennett, somehow, tackled Nick Shore while Tkachuk looked to have ripped off Jonathan Quick’s mask, ending in a Tkachuk penalty. Of course, Tkachuk and Doughty exchanged insults in the penalty box (would you expect anything less). Troy Brouwer and Brown landed in the box shortly after.
“It’s fine,” said Flames goalie Mike Smith of the Pacific Division rivalry which is, apparently, still alive and well. “It’s part of the game. I get fired up out there. Obviously the adrenalin gets going, the crowd gets going … Drew is a competitive guy. Chucky is a feisty kid that is trying to make his way in this league. He had a heck of a night for us. 
“That’s just part of hockey.”
Eventually, Brodie and Monahan would team up for the game-winner 1:02 into overtime to get the thing done.
It wasn’t a full 60 minutes played by the Flames, not even close.
And although Gulutzan praised his netminder who faced over 40 shots for the third game this season (on this night, it was 42-of-45), he wasn’t done pointing out the team’s shortcomings on this night.
Keep in mind that through four games last season, they were 1-2-1.
“Our game isn’t far off of where it was this time last year,” Gulutzan said. “Our goalie, in my mind, has got us the last two, for sure. We do have some work to do. It’s going to be the same process we went through last year. I think we’re more confident compared to this time last year — we’re more comfortable. 
“We’ve gotta clean this up quick.”
Tkachuk put the Flames on the board 3:56 into the game on a powerplay after accepting a pass from Backlund behind the net. He came out, faked Kings blueliner Jake Muzzin and tucked it under Quick’s left pad.
Just under four minutes later, Brodie hit Frolik with a stretch pass. The ‘other’ Czech right-winger picked up steam through the neutral zone and handed off the puck to a trailing Gaudreau. Frolik went to the front of the net while Gaudreau looked off Doughty and Muzzin and sent a backhanded delivery back to Frolik who tapped it past Quick to go up 2-0.
The other story of the first period was Smith’s ability to stop the puck on the penalty kill and was a big reasons why they went 5-for-5.
But things went downhill in the second when they couldn’t generate momentum on a four-minute power-play, and Anze Kopitar tore apart the Flames’ fourth line and third defensive pairing, scoring at the 15:44 mark of the middle frame.  
When the King were buzzing in the last half of the second period and first portion of the third, The Flames were silent. 
Early in the third period, they went 7:21 between shots and would up getting out-shot by the opponents — again — 45-37.
Yet there are no pictures in the standings, and the Flames return back to Calgary 3-1-0 and host the Ottawa Senators on Friday. 
“A big win,” Tkachuk said. “The start of the third wasn’t how we drew it up at the end of the second. I thought the guys were sitting back at the end of the second, but at the end of the third, we were putting pucks on net and getting bodies towards the net and chances.”

Ron and Don: McLellan’s ‘superstar’ comments should stay in room .
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