It was a play that encapsulated Blake Comeau’s tenure with the Flames so far.
Looking to give his team the lead in the second period, he clanked a shot off Jonathan Quick’s shoulder, then watched helplessly as the puck fluttered inches past the crossbar.
“It felt like the puck was kind of in slow motion in the air,” Comeau said after Thursday’s 2-1 shootout victory over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.
The rebound also produced disappointment as teammates Lee Stempniak and Mikael Backlund fell short on their efforts.
Effort always seems to be there for Comeau, who was plucked from the New York Islanders via waivers in November.
Results don’t always follow.
“It’s pretty frustrating,” he said. “Obviously, I’m gripping the stick and trying to get some goals here. But I felt like I created some chances and took pucks to the net tonight and that’s what I have to continue to do.
“The important thing is the shots are coming and I’m getting the chances and that’s something I’m looking forward to.”
With Curtis Glencross out for what could be a while with a knee injury and Jarome Iginla now playing with Backlund and Michael Cammalleri, centre Olli Jokinen is a solo piece of what was one of the best lines in hockey in recent weeks.
The big Finn is looking for linemates who can pick up some of the scoring slack and head coach Brent Sutter has shown confidence Comeau can provide it.
“I definitely want to. I feel like Jarome’s doing a good job with whoever he’s playing with, getting our primary scoring. I want to be on a line with Olli to provide some secondary scoring,” said Comeau, who has played between 18 and 20 minutes in his last two games but come away without a point so far. “The more we’re playing together, the more comfortable we’re getting with each other, kind of getting a feel of the way he plays.
“He’s such a good playmaker and has good vision on the ice that I’ve just got to get to the open ice.
“Consistent hockey is what I’m looking for, to keep playing hard, playing physical and get pucks and get pucks to the net.”