'That's their job': Sutter laments Gaudreau's missed breakaway chance
Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter was looking for a little more out of one of his big guns following Saturday's Game 3 loss to the Dallas Stars.
"Hard-fought. Close games. We had a breakaway with, what, two or three minutes left? Those guys have to put it away. That's their job," he told reporters following the 4-2 defeat, according to Postmedia's Wes Gilbertson.
The sequence in question occurred with three and a half minutes left and the Flames down one goal. Johnny Gaudreau had a golden opportunity to tie things up on a breakaway thanks to a clutch pass from Tyler Toffoli, but he couldn't beat Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger.
Stars forward Roope Hintz ended up icing the contest with a buzzer-beating empty-netter.
Oettinger was as steady as ever in his third career playoff start and made 39 saves on 41 shots. Joe Pavelski potted a pair of goals, including the game-winner on the power play.
A surefire Hart Trophy candidate, Gaudreau has yet to light the lamp in the series after logging a career-high 40 goals during the regular season and ranking second in the NHL with 115 points.
"He's getting looks, that was just one of many chances we probably could have finished on," Flames teammate Blake Coleman said, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis.
"Johnny is a great player. He's going to bounce back. We have all the confidence in the world in his game. He's going to be a big reason why our team bounces back next game."
The Flames now find themselves down 2-1 in the series with Game 4 set for Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET.