Calgary Flames fall to Flyers

Flames TJ Brodie (left) takes a shot from Flyers Scott Hartnell during NHL action in Calgary on...

Flames TJ Brodie (left) takes a shot from Flyers Scott Hartnell during NHL action in Calgary on Tuesday December 31, 2013. (JIM WELLS/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 AM ET

One streak was snapped.

The Calgary Flames finally managed to light the lamp again.

Another futility spell continued.

The Flames saw their decade long home-ice drought at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers extended with a 4-1 defeat in their New Year's Eve affair Tuesday night at the Saddledome.

The only positive for the Flames was that Sean Monahan's second-period tally ended the club's goal-scoring swoon, their first tally since returning from the Christmas break.

However, other than being able to say they could have deserved a better fate with a couple of lucky breaks, the Flames now have just one win in eight games.

It's not as lengthy as their home-ice losing skid at the hands of the Flyers, which is now five games and started early in the 2002-03 season, but just as frustrating for a Flames squad that's fallen in three straight outings.

The Flyers, coming off shootout wins in Edmonton and Vancouver to kick off their Western Canada swing, opened the scoring just past the three-minute mark to the chagrin of the sellout crowd of 19,289 hoping a Flames victory would set off some early festivities before the calendar flipped to 2014.

Mark Streit wisely moved into position in the high slot while his forwards moved into position for the screen. With Flames goalie Reto Berra unable to have a chance at seeing anything, Streit floated a long wrister inside the post.

Monahan evened the count late in the second period, snapping the club's shutout streak at 159:35, but the draw was short-lived.

Brayden Schenn restored the lead for the visitors before the second intermission when he spun and fired a shot that Berra had almost no chance to deny.

Scott Hartnell doubled the Flyers lead midway through the third period with by deflecting Luke Schenn's point shot.

Braydon Coburn rounded out the scoring with an empty netter.

Berra finished with 17 saves for the Flames (14-20-6).

Ray Emery stopped 23 shots for the Flyers (20-14-6)

The Flames conclude their Christmastime homestand by facing the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday.

ICE CHIPS: The Flames signed LW Emile Poirier, the 2013 first-round draft choice selected 22nd overall, the pick acquired in the trade that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. Poirier, who signed a three-year contract that will kick in when he turns pro, has collected 24 goals and 53 points in 36 games for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL … Flames RW Brian McGrattan, who was given a major penalty and game misconduct for his hit on Vancouver Canucks D Andrew Alberts in Sunday's 2-0 loss, received no further discipline from the league. McGrattan has never been suspended by the NHL.

 


Videos

Photos