Calgary, Alberta — The Red Wings got their first taste of 3-on-3 overtime Friday against the Calgary Flames.
It turned out to taste pretty bitter, much as this game did, a 3-2 loss to Calgary that stretched the Red Wings' winless streak to four games (0-3-1).
Flames defenseman Mark Giordano scored his second goal of the game at 3 minutes, 12 seconds of overtime, giving the Flames the come-from-behind victory.
Calgary’s Joe Colborne tied it 2-2 at 18:48 — after the Flames pulled goalie Jonas Hiller — deflecting a shot from Giordano.
The Red Wings were the better team through one period — but gradually saw the Flames dominate.
“We protected the lead too much in the third (period),” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We should have done a better job on the attack, didn’t get on our toes enough. We did have time time in their end, but didn’t do a good enough job of getting pucks to the net.
“We still gave away easy offense when we didn’t need to and have to do a better job in the offensive zone creating scoring opportunities.”
Calgary outshot the Red Wings 40-29 — 32-16 after the opening 20 minutes.
“We have to play a complete 60 minutes is what it comes down to,” Danny DeKeyser said. “It kind of felt like we were holding on to survive instead of taking it to them. It’s something we want to change.”
The Red Wings (3-3-1) received goals from Gustav Nyquist (power play) and Brendan Smith (power play), but it was Howard who was arguably the best player (37 saves).
“Our goaltending has been an A (grade) every night,” Blashill said. “They’ve played real well and been a positive for us.”
Likewise for Calgary, goalie Jonas Hiller (27 saves) was outstanding in the third period, making two spectacular saves on Tomas Tatar to keep the game a one-goal lead for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings lost defenseman Mike Green to an upper body injury midway in the first period.
Green was hit behind the net by Flames forward Josh Jooris and was favoring his right side — possibly his shoulder — on the bench and after the game.
Blashill had no update on Green’s condition after the game.
What had been an ineffective Red Wings power play scored twice in the first period as Blashill changed personnel.
Nyquist put the Red Wings up 1-0 with his third goal.
The Red Wings crisply worked the puck around, and Henrik Zetterberg found Nyquist in the slot for a one-timer at 7:38.
But the Flames came right back with Giordano’s goal.
The Red Wings couldn’t get the puck out of the zone, and Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau fed the puck to the point, where Giordano’s shot found its way through a maze in front of Jimmy Howard.
But the Red Wings answered with Smith’s goal, his first of the season.
Making his first appearance on the power play, Smith took a pass from Dylan Larkin at the top of the slot and lifted a shot that appeared to deflect off a Flames stick and through Hiller.
Blashill said he was “encouraged” by the power play: “Wednesday we threw a lot of good stuff and we continued to build off that process.”
Calgary began to take control in the second period, and it showed on the shot chart, as the Flames had a 16-4 advantage.
The Red Wings killed two consecutive Calgary power plays late in the second period — two Kyle Quincey interference calls — that maintained the one-goal lead.