The Calgary Flames might have lost the game Thursday evening in Washington, but should get a top grade for effort because they exceeded expectations in generating a point in their first game of the 2013-14 National Hockey League regular season.
The Flames lost 5-4 to the Washington Capitals in a shootout as Mikhail Grabovski and Alexander Ovechkin got the puck past Flames goaltender Karri Ramo after the teams were deadlocked at four after 65 minutes of play.
The Flames actually had a 3-0 lead in the contest, and defenseman Mark Giordano (who was playing in his first game as Flames captain) played well as he led the Flames in points with two after registering a pair of first period assists. According to Peter Loubardias of the FAN 960, Giordano's first period play was "fabulous".
The Flames however simply had no answer for Ovechkin who scored two second period goals and set up Nicklas Backstrom with the game tying goal with 5:50 remaining in the third period.
The Flames are in Columbus on Friday evening before they return home Sunday against Vancouver in their home opener.