Flames find small victories vs. Oilers, but pressure to play better remains

CALGARY – No one in Calgary is interested in small victories these days.

They don’t have a column in the standings for those.

Little wins were all the Flames had to show for in a 2-1 loss on Friday that will only serve to compound the angst and frustration being felt around these parts of late.

Yes, backup David Rittich finally got a chance to feel good about a start, but he finished with his eighth-straight loss dating back to last season.

The team showed resilience in battling back late in the second period to close the gap to 2-1, but they couldn’t finish the comeback.

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid were both held off the scoresheet, but the rest of the Oilers found a way to get the only job that matters done.

“We made some progress in some areas but overall we still need to be better,” Flames coach Geoff Ward said.

“We can still give more in terms of trying to get it done.”

For the 11th time in 17 outings the Flames gave up the first goal, almost six minutes into a game in which the Flames had yet to register a shot.

Ho hum.

From there a game hyped as a battle was more of a chess match played in the neutral zone, where an emotionless no-hitter was tossed out for a national TV audience to wonder what all the hype was about.

Being entertaining…

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