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Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 2

26 Nov

While giving up a two goal lead may be surmountable, a three goal lead is not. At least not against the West-leading Ducks, in their own barn, where Calgary hasn’t won in 19 straight tries.

It was close though. The Flames gave up a goal late in the second period (5 seconds left) that was a tough one to take. Deryk Engelland let him man walk out from the corner and Jonas Hiller let a soft goal beat him five-hole. That made it 3-0 heading into the third.

Calgary made a game of it, as they scored early enough in the third period. Then with 3:30 left in the game, Hartley pulled Hiller early (again) and Johnny Gaudreau scored to bring the Flames within one. However the goal was kicked in, therefore disallowed. Calgary scored again with 25 seconds remaining to legally pull within one, but it was too little to late. If the goal Johnny wasn’t disallowed we would have gone to OT. But it wasn’t. So we didn’t.

 

Calgary Flames 5, New Jersey Devils 4 (SO)

24 Nov

As per usual, the Flames spotted their opponent a 2-0 lead in the first. However to make things more difficult, Calgary also went into the third period down by two goals, and was down again (for the third time in the game) by two with just 3 minutes to go.

What Hartley called a ‘gut feeling,’ he pulled Ramo with 3 minutes to go in the game and the Flames scored twice with the empty net. It was the first time the Flames scored twice with the goalie pulled in franchise history. Curtis “The Invisible Man” Glencross actually had two goals in this game and Jiri Hudler scored the shootout winner to cap the comeback.

So while the box score showed otherwise, and New Jersey looked like they carried the play most of the time, Calgary actually lead all major stats in the game. 

Karri Ramo played pretty well, despite a poor GAA. He made a few huge saves to keep them in the game. Never allowing the Devils to go up by three… because that would be crazy.

The Flames, who lost 4-3 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, improved to 8-0-1 when coming off a loss and improved their NHL-leading total for wins when trailing after two periods to five.

“I’ll have to get my heart checked,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “I don’t know how they do it, but we found a way again. We’re not making it easy, but we’re making it interesting.”

 

Calgary Flames 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 (SO)

19 Nov

You can put it in the win column.

The Flames were down 2-0 going into the third period and had managed only 7 shots through 40. It was looking like my prediction of Calgary losing 5-0 might come true, and Peter Maher’s prediction of getting the win so he could yell out one final “Yeah baby!” was not going to happen. Shows what I know.

Juri Hudler got it started after the Flames had multiple chances for their first, then Denis Wideman had two in the span of 5 minutes to put Calgary up 3-2. The Ducks tied it late on a power play, and overtime solved nothing. Unless what you were after was to be entertained, then it solved that. The shootout featured goals from a couple rising stars in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and one goal from slower-than-molasses Kesler. When it was over, Hiller got the win over the team that gave up on him.

Because I’m prone to finding the negatives, here they are. Calgary was brutal through two periods, managing less than a shot for every five minutes of play. The power play went 0-5. Curtis Glencross was coasting around as per usual, actually even more than usual, and it cost the Flames a bunch of chances. Devin Setoguchi was playing, that’s a negative. Also Kris Russel and David Jones were both out with injuries.

Didn’t matter though, the Flames got it done anyway.

Yeah baby.

 

Calgary Flames 4, Ottawa Senators 2

16 Nov

Calgary came on (again) in the third to outscore the Sens 3-1 en route to a 4-2 win. Paul Byron and Josh Jooris both played well, and even Sven seemed to play a little better.

Gio took a stick in the eye, a puck off the foot, yet still managed to get an assist to extend his point streak to nine games. Wow.

The credit for the win has to go to Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, although leading the league in GAA had four giveaways, two of which led to Calgary goals.

 

Calgary Flames 5, Arizona Coyotes 3

13 Nov

Paul Byron snapped a 16-game goalless drought with two goals Thursday night to lead the Calgary Flames to a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. Byron had a chance for the hat trick on a breakaway, and again on the empty net, but on this night the hockey gods felt that two was enough.

And you know who else showed up? Sven Baertschi. I know… right?!? Hiller was not so good, but it wouldn’t matter as the Flames scored 5.

 

Carolina Hurricanes 4, Calgary Flames 1

11 Nov

The Flames scored first, and looked good in bursts, but although one of the worst, the Canes had the thirst. (for winning, that is)

David Jones gave the Flames a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 13:07 of the first period. Calgary held a modest 8-5 shot advantage in the first period but were outshot 26-15 the rest of the way, including 12-5 in the third period.

“We remembered how we played in Calgary and were very disappointed in that effort,” Cam Ward said of their 6-0 loss to the Flames on Oct. 23. “We wanted to use that as motivation tonight to make sure we got off to a good start. In the second period, the game shifted and we took over.”

Calgary, which had the most road wins in the NHL with seven, finished its five-game road trip with a 3-2 mark.

 

Calgary Flames 6, Florida Panthers 4

10 Nov

Lance Bouma broke a 4-4 tie with 2:18 left in the third period and the Flames defeated the Panthers 6-4 after trailing 2-0 and 3-1. I have to say that the refs were certainly on the side of Calgary on this afternoon. I felt like they missed a couple calls that resulted in Calgary goals. Oh well, we’ll take it. Calgary shouldn’t lose against Florida, they are only one of three NHL teams that they are consistently better than. 

“It reminded me of one day when I was a kid, I was fishing for brook trout and I caught a nice one but I dropped it between two rocks,”?Hartley said. “With frozen fingers I tried to catch a trout that is dangling between two rocks; it’s a tough one and I was scared to lose it.

“That’s how I felt tonight. It was one of those wild ones.”

 

Tampa Bay Lightning 5, Calgary Flames 2

10 Nov

I’m a couple days behind so I’m going to gloss over this one. I think we all expected the Flames to lose in Tampa, and they did.

Rookie center Cedric Paquette scored his first two NHL goals to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Amalie Arena on Thursday

 

Calgary Flames 4, Washington Capitals 3 (OT)

05 Nov

Hiller made some huge saves late in this game as Calgary didn’t really have any business walking out of D.C. with two points. That said, two of the Caps’ goals went in off of Hiller. Holtby at the other end didn’t fare much better, as the game tying goal was a from his own defenseman’s stick, off another of his own defenseman’s skate, and in the back of the net.

So Calgary has won three in a row, and although it’s early is tied with Vancouver for 2nd in the Western Conference. Because it’s early are also one three points up on the playoff cutoff.

We’ve seen this early season success before with young teams. With Edmonton and Toronto being recent examples. It’s likely the Flames will tire out, injuries will catch up, and experience will carry other teams through the dog days of the season.

 

Updated line combinations

04 Nov

With all the injuries and call-ups, I’ve updated the current line combinations information.

Check out the current Calgary Flames line combinations here.

 
 
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