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Calgary Flames 5, Dallas Stars 3 (and Nashville and Minnesota too!)

01 Apr

I haven’t written anything for a few days because I’ve been down in Nashville to watch the Flames beat up on the Predators. It was a good time. The fans were really into it (until Calgary took them out of it), the building is really clean and well-organized plus it’s smack dab in the middle of downtown.

I didn’t get my shirt signed by Bob Hartley though, which was the goal of flying down there to watch a hockey game. Oh well, next time I guess.

Prior to the game the Flames lost to Minnesota, which is the first game I haven’t seen in over a decade but I was in transit and there was no sense watching the game when I was following what was going on so I knew what to expect in the Nashville game.

The Dallas game was interesting in that we did not play that well, yet somehow got the bounces we needed at the right times to help us walk away with an undeserved win. Maybe the hockey gods want us in the playoffs this year?

SportsClubStats has them at 88%, and you know how much I love me stats!

 

Calgary Flames 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

24 Mar

It was one of those games that we all expected the Flames to win. Although it wasn’t pretty, the Avs carried the play for a good chunk of this game as well as hit a few posts and missed a few open nets, Calgary was able to come through on top.

The whole notion of ‘in control of one’s destiny’ when it comes to making the playoffs really comes down to one simple action. You have to beat the teams below you in the standings. That’s it. If you do that you make it. For every team that you lose to that is worse than you, you then have to beat a team that’s better than you.

There are only 9 games remaining. I am still in the camp that the Flames are not going to make the playoffs. Which may sound negative, but I’d rather expect the worst and hope for the best. If Calgary does not make it it’s going to be heartbreaking, even though they had no business being in the position they are in when the season first began.

If the Flames do make it, then look out. It’s going to be a hell of a first round.




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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)

21 Mar

The Flames got Bourque’d.

Former Flames Rene Bourque scored two against his old team, including the winner in OT to steal the extra point in Calgary.

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames (39-27-6), who are two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division. The Kings have one game in hand.

 

St. Louis Blues 4, Calgary Flames 0

18 Mar

That wasn’t really close. I guess for half the game it was scoreless, but when the first goal went in, the night went quickly downhill.

That’s two losses in a row, that also drops the Flames out of the playoffs. For now. If L.A. loses tonight Calgary will be back in.

The magic number remains at 12.5.

 

Colorado Avalanche 3, Calgary Flames 2

16 Mar

Down 2-0 heading into the third is not new for this year’s Calgary Flames, and they didn’t disappoint scoring 2 goals that could have tied this game. However Ramo let in what they call an ‘untimely’ goal in the third and the Flames just were not able to come back from that.

The loss moves Calgary back to familiar territory, holding the final playoff spot by a mere two points up on L.A. – who has one game in hand.

Hey, did you catch the Bob Hartley poster from the weekend?

Bob Hartley Barak Obama Poster HOPE

 

Calgary Flames 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

14 Mar

Calgary shows no mercy on the Leafs

It’s not that the Toronto Maple Leafs are bad, but I don’t think I’d be wrong in better the Flames would have still won that game even if the whole game was played on the penalty kill. Or that the score was actually flattering of the Leafs.

Calgary jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Then the Leafs had a power play and goal to cut that first-period lead in half. Soon afterwards Lance Bouma was called for kneeing, a 5-minute penalty and a game misconduct. On the resulting power play for the Leafs, Calgary scored two short-handed goals and it was 4-1 after 20 minutes. Awesome.

And that was pretty much it. Calgary went into conserve a lead mode, scoring two more which matched the two the Leafs got. They didn’t stop playing as they’ve seen their opponents do time and time again, but rather they managed the game really well. Kudos to Bob and the coaching staff.

Bob Hartley for the Jack Adams trophy – Coach of the year

This was probably the most fun game to watch this season, mainly because there was no stress involved. The comeback games are fun to watch, but only if they come back and only when the game is over. Otherwise it’s gut-wrenching.

This was one of those games that Calgary was expected to win, which are usually the dangerous type. But there is something about the disipline this year that they continued to put their heads down and play the way they would of against any other opponent, at home or on the road.

Is it too early to say, Harley for the Jack Adams trophy?

Bob Hartley Barak Obama Poster HOPE

 

Calgary Flames 6, Anaheim Ducks 3

12 Mar

This was a big two points for the Flames, against a team that (although stuggling a little) one doesn’t expect to beat. Last time these two met Calgary was up 2-0 early and the Ducks came back to win 6-3, this time the Flames returned the favour erasing an early first period lead to score five unanswered goals.

The win, combined with a Jets loss, moved Calgary past Winnipeg in the Western Conference. The Flames remain 2 points up on the Kings, but L.A. still has one game in hand.

Rookie Johnny Gaudreau joined impressive company and helped the Calgary Flames continue their rallying ways on Wednesday. His 17th and 18th goals of the season moved Gaudreau to 50 points to become the first Flames first-year player to do so since Jarome Iginla in 1996-97.

Matt Stajan also had two goals, me… I’m as surprised as anyone. Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell continue to impress with 6 assists between the two of them.

 

Ottawa Senators 5, Calgary Flames 4 (SO)

09 Mar

I’d say that normally once Calgary falls behind 4-0 I’d stop watching, but that’s not the case. I’ll always stick a game out until the end, just in case someone gets hurt, there’s a big save or even just to watch the Flames get their asses handed to them.

When it was 4-0 with thirteen minutes to go against the Senators on Sunday night I figured I’d watch for either a) just to see how bad things got, or b) if they scored a goal every five minutes then I got to see the comeback of the decade. (Remember when Calgary was down 4-0 in the playoffs to Vancouver? That was probably the comeback of the franchise)

The Flames had an incredible 24 shots in the third period, as Ottawa just stopped playing. Losing the extra point in the shootout didn’t feel so bad either, as Calgary had no business even getting the single point. Luckily they did, because they end the 7-game road trip still in the final playoff spot. The Flames are 2-points up on L.A. – but the Kings have one game in hand.

 

Calgary Flames 4, Boston Bruins 3 (SO)

06 Mar

Wow, what a game that was.

For the second time in a row, the Flames needed extra time (plus 8 shooters) to get an important two points against an Eastern opponent. Ramo was lights-out, again, to keep Calgary close and eventually take this game to extra time – where the Flames have been so good.

Defenseman David Schlemko capped his Calgary Flames debut by scoring in the eighth round of the shootout to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at TD Garden on Thursday.

Calgary remains tied with L.A. for the final playoff spot in the West.

 

Calgary Flames 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (OT)

06 Mar

Calgary blew a two-goal third period lead, but still came away with an important two points in Philly.

Johnny Gaudreau returned home for the first time in his NHL career and helped set up the winning goal in the Calgary Flames‘ 3-2 overtime victory against thePhiladelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

 
 
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