Capitals dismantled in Calgary as win streak snapped at three

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Calgary, which has yet to lose in regulation at the Saddledome (3-0-1), continues its three-game homestand Wednesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jason Chimera and Aaron Volpatti scored for Washington (5-6-0), which had its three-game winning streak come to an end. The Capitals have two stops left on a five-game road trip, the next game is at Vancouver on Monday.

It was the second and final meeting of the season between the two teams and for Holtby, the night went similar to the first meeting, when he was pulled 16:22 into the first after three goals on 11 shots and the Capitals down 3-0.

On Saturday, it was three goals in 12:50 and a 3-1 deficit.

Calgary got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 1-0 lead on a strong opening shift by the line of Cammalleri with Joe Colborne and TJ Galiardi.

The trio hemmed the Capitals in their end nearly the entire time and the persistent pressure led to Russell’s first goal as a Flame at 1:04.

“We weren’t happy with the way we had come out to start the previous games. We knew that we were behind the 8-ball and we didn’t want to have it happen, especially to a team like this,” Russell said. “We did a good job of really making sure we were focused from the start and ready for that first shift.”

The shot advantage reached 11-2 in Calgary’s favor at 7:24 after Hudler converted Sean Monahan’s rebound. Hudler leads the Flames with 13 points and has points in 10 of Calgary’s first 11 games.

“We’re going to have to realize as a group that we have to do something before the game to make sure we’re prepared because the majority of the games we’re losing, it’s because of the first period,” Holtby said.

“It’s nothing to do with systems, it’s nothing to do with what the coaching staff can do, it’s what we do as professional athletes, professional hockey plays. You prepare yourself and we’re not doing a good enough job in here.”

Ramo finished with 27 saves to even his record at 2-2-1. Holtby took the loss and is 4-5-0.

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