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Canucks 1, Flames 5

14 Apr

The Flames finished 2013/14 in style with a nice submissive loss to the Canucks in Vancouver.

Of course since both teams suck, the storyline for the night was that Sister Daniel Sedin was taken to the hospital after a hit into the boards from NHL giant Paul Byron. Byron is listed as 5’7? and 153 lbs. I know it’s horrible to say after someone leaves the ice on a stretcher, but the hit was clean. It was an unfortunate accident. Byron will not be suspended and that’s the NHL saying as such.

The other story of the night was that the Flames signed someone even smaller than Byron, Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny Hockey is 5’9″ and 150 lbs. So I guess by training camp he’ll be bigger than Byron. Poor Paul Byron.

Well here’s to the end of the first season of the rebuild, although I think we all know it’s year 4 of the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-a-rebuild. Enjoy the playoffs Flames fans, I hope you have another team to root for.

 

Flames 4, Kings 3 (SO)

10 Apr

Sean Monahan scored his 21st goal of the year and also the shootout winner, which came after the Flames blew a 3-0 lead late in the second period. The Kings scored twice in 29 seconds to eliminate most of the Flames’ surprising outburst. Karri Ramo once again played fantastic, with the exception of those 29 seconds, leading the Flames to their fourth win in a row. Don’t they know that they are just hurting their draft pick situation with every meaningless win?

Here are the records for the bottom 10 teams in the league. Notice anything out of the ordinary? I guess Ottawa has won a couple, but the Flames four wins has moved them past the Islanders and they are more likely to pass Carolina in the standings than be caught by the Isle.

20 TORONTO - LOST 2

21 NASHVILLE – OT 1

22 OTTAWA – WON 2

23 VANCOUVER – LOST 1

24 WINNIPEG – LOST 1

25 CAROLINA – LOST 2

26 CALGARY – WON 4

27 NY ISLANDERS – LOST 2

28 EDMONTON – LOST 1

29 FLORIDA – LOST 1

30 BUFFALO – LOST 4

 

Flames 1, Devils 0

08 Apr

The Flames played a good game, and Ramo played a great one. However the Devils needed to win that game, the Flames needed to lose it.

The Devils outshot Calgary 22-16 through two periods, and finished with a 31-22 advantage. New Jersey also did not allow the Flames a shot on goal in a 15-minute span between the first and second periods.

Calgary is now ahead of the Islanders and would pick 5th overall if the draft were today . This is not the way they are supposed to be playing the last 10 games of the season.

 

Flames 2, Panthers 1

07 Apr

The Flames took two games in two nights in Florida, after beating Roberto Luongo’s Panthers in yet another one-goal game.

Kenny Agostino scored his first NHL goal and Joey MacDonald came up huge, the third-stringer stopped 16 of 17 shots in the second period alone.

The list of Flames who are either hurt or gone for personal reasons grew as well, with the addition of Backlund, Byron, Stajan and Wotherspoon. The list is now at nine:

 

Flames 4, Lightning 1

04 Apr

Ben Bishop collects two assists in 15 seconds to help Calgary to a quick 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay. That would be enough as the Flames rolled to an easy 4-1 victory.

No, Bishop isn’t the latest Abbotsford call-up. He’s this puck-handling goaltender:

 

Senators 6, Flames 3 and Maple Leafs 3, Flames 2

02 Apr

I can’t believe we lost to both Ottawa and Toronto.

The Flames, who lost 6-3 to the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday and were officially eliminated from the playoffs, were playing the second of five consecutive road games Tuesday. Their next game is Thursday at Tampa Bay against the Lightning.

Flames D Dennis Wideman (upper body), RW David Jones (upper body), D Ladislav Smid (upper body) and C Markus Granlund (shoulder) were out.

 

Ducks 3, Flames 2 (Flames 3, Sharks 2 SO; Flames 8, Oilers 1)

27 Mar

After going down by one, the Flames had a two-goal second period lead by Calgary hands-man Brian McGrattan. However the Big Ern’s performance wasn’t enough as Anaheim scored two in the third to win this one by a single goal. The 44th time Calgary has been on either end of a one-goal-game this year.

Karri Ramo played fantastic against a much different version of the Ducks compared to the last time they were here. It’s too bad Calgary couldn’t have at least got him a point for his efforts.

I also missed the Flames win over the Sharks on Monday, and the debacle up in Edmonton on Saturday. What can I say? I was busy.

 

Predators 6, Flames 5

22 Mar

So Shaw Direct was having issues and I missed the first half of the game. When it game back on it was already 4-4. So I caught the last three goals, but I missed the Ortio 4 goals on 13 shots debacle.

Let’s see what the box score tells us. Byron was a +3 even though he had no points. Backlund and Cammalleri continue to roll, with 5 points between the two of them. And the defense was no where to be found, with 11 goals on 51 shots.

 

Flames 3, Sabres 1

19 Mar

Well it took a while to get going, as two of the worst teams in the NHL fumbled their way through an AHL-esque first period.

Just when it looked like Buffalo was going to lull the Flames to sleep and a 1-0 loss, Calgary scored late in the second to tie the game. Then they came out much stronger in the third, including a short-handed goal by Byron which brings the Flames to a league-leading 12 in that category.

Who’s to say that if the second disallowed goal by the Sabres would have counted, Calgary would probably have been shut out last night. Three cheers for borderline goalie interference calls!

 

Flames 4, Stars 3 (SO)

17 Mar

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Flames managed to come back on goals by Byron and Cammalleri. Then Corban Knight capped the comeback by scoring on his first NHL shootout attempt. He had just scored his first NHL goal a couple nights earlier so why not put him in?

Calgary really has to stop making a habit of giving up two goal leads, lulling the opposition into thinking they can take the night off is not a very sustainable strategy.

 
 
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