The Calgary Flames fell 2-1 to the Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday night and got no help from the officials according to head coach Bill Peters.
Peters pointed to a play in the third period where he said Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin threw a hip into Flames star Johnny Gaudreau in the offensive zone. There was no call on the play, though Peters described it as being “as obvious a penalty as anything that was called in the evening.”
The Flames head coach said the officials set a tone with a "real soft call" on Garnet Hathaway for roughing in the first period and then put their whistles away later in the game.
“I didn’t like the fact that the officiating standard changed,” Peters said. “I thought the calls early were poor. Especially the call on Hathaway – a real poor call, real soft call this time of year. And then they put the whistles away in the third. So, in the first, everything is a penalty. And in the third, nothing is a penalty… I thought that standard definitely changed, and it doesn’t help you when you’re either chasing the game or trying to score to get it tied up. It is what it is. We’ll move on.”
Peters praised his team for how they played despite the outcome.
Meanwhile, Flames defenceman Mark Giordano reflected on Gaudreau’s disallowed goal in the first period that would have tied the game 1-1.
“You know what? I never talk about the calls, but that’s a huge call in a 2-1 game to get that one disallowed. We’ll look at it. We thought it should have counted. It was a tough call and that’s the difference in a one-goal game.”
"They're one of the best in the league and a big challenge for us. I thought we rose to it," Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury said of the Flames following Wednesday’s contest.
Calgary (41-19-7) leads the Golden Knights (37-26-5) by 10 points to sit atop the Pacific Division. The two clubs will meet again on Sunday for the final time this season.