The Calgary Flames made it difficult for the Ottawa Senators to collect the game puck for goaltender Filip Gustavsson’s first NHL win.
After the final buzzer sounded to conclude a 2-1 victory for Ottawa, Senators players went to collect the milestone game puck for their 22-year-old goalie. However, Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson got there first and grabbed the puck.
Flames make it difficult for the Sens to get the game puck for 22-year-old Filip Gustavsson, who got his first NHL win pic.twitter.com/HtTctLVSlg
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 23, 2021
Andersson looked set to leave the ice with the puck until Senators forward Brady Tkachuk chased after him, demanding he give it back. Andersson eventually tossed it aside, before Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk whacked the puck away to further delay the Senators from getting it.
The Sens really needed Gustavsson’s performance as Calgary outshot Ottawa in all three periods. The Flames led in shots 36-23, but the rookie goalie made 35 saves for his first-ever NHL win.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 23, 2021
Most of the conversation online was focused on Andersson and Tkachuk. Many Senators fans took to social media to vent their frustration over the post-game puck incident.
lmao this is the dumbest thing in the world, what frickin' babies
— mostly want to die (@mostlyleafies) March 23, 2021
these are grown ass men lol – how does this happen? Wow.
— The Hockey Hour 🤩😡🏒🎙 (@thehockeyhourcp) March 23, 2021
Man. That’s just low. Any goalie who records his first @NHL win deserves the game puck as a souvenir.
I’ve never seen behaviour like that before.
— Jake Andrew Giddes 🇨🇦 (@JakeGiddes) March 23, 2021
Flames = no class.
— Billy Launders (@b_launders) March 23, 2021
Classless move by @NHLFlames Andersson and Tkachuk. Iginla and Lanny would have never tolerated that BS on their teams.
— Robb Stoddard (@robbstoddard) March 23, 2021
Rasmus andersson seems to be a bit of a dirtbag the way he plays. Lotta cheap shots and chippy plays. Hope the flames dont make the playoffs
— My English News (@RealChatEnglish) March 23, 2021
Glad he got that puck, Rasmus Andersson just about took it. Douche move.
— Adayinthelife (@mikerrrobinson) March 23, 2021
I don’t know if it’s a respect thing? But from what I remember it’s disrespectful for us to go into another person zone it’s like a protective thing after the game. Anyways players like this guy needs to learn to have respect. And #GoSensGo
— Munster Creations (@NikkiFiction) March 23, 2021
What are these Clowns 🤡 doing??? Maybe try put together a couple of wins together? pic.twitter.com/r4XLxmAPeO
— Scott Musqua (@KCChiefsFan11) March 23, 2021
Even some Flames fans did not come to the defence of the team for the incident.
Not a good look for the Flames shows low class
— FlamerTej (@tej_and) March 23, 2021
As a die hard flames fan, I’m embarrassed and ashamed at this team’s inability to be anywhere NEAR professional, on and off the ice.
— iwishiwasntaflamesfan (@ResignGaudreau) March 23, 2021
As a Calgarian this is embarrassing☹️ pic.twitter.com/2YV1hrwtrL
— Della (@stellaherbie) March 23, 2021
I’m a Flames fan but this is really bush league…….
— Brad Muir (@BradMuir6) March 23, 2021