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Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Calgary Flames 1 (OT)

22 Oct

It looked as though Calgary was going to get their first win of the season, with only a few minutes left in the game the Flames were nursing a one-goal lead. However it wasn’t meant to be as Tampa scored with three to go and then again in overtime to deny Calgary their first win at home this year.

If there were any positives to take from this game it was that Calgary outshot Tampa in the first period and the game. The Flames gave up a lot of opportunities in the first 30 minutes, but didn’t allow a goal. Ramo was once-again solid in net. Gaudreau was not hurt after falling into the end boards awkwardly after setting up Wideman’s 4th goal of the year. And lastly, Stamkos was invisible in the third period.

If there was a negative to take away from this game, it’s that Stajan returned to the game after taking a shot off the foot. Not that I want anyone to get hurt, I just feel like he could really benefit from watching a couple games from the press box.

 

T.J. Brodie signs for five years, $23.25M

21 Oct

For more than a season, T.J. Brodie – playing alongside Mark Giordano – has been part of the top shutdown defence pair for the Calgary Flames. And gradually, they are evolving into one of the best twosomes in the game. On Monday, the Flames acknowledged as much, signing Brodie to a five-year, $23.25-million (all figures U.S.) contract extension that begins next year. Brodie will earn an average of $4.65-million a season on the contract.

T.J. is 24 years old, and I don’t think that there’s any doubt this will be his highest-producing year in the NHL. Last year Brodie had 4 goals, this year (through seven games) he has three. Now I’m not saying that he’s going to be a 40-goal scorer, but 30 for sure. That was a joke. If Brodie gets 15 goals, 40 points and finishes a + player, then Brad Treliving will look like a genius.

For this year, for this deal anyway.

 

Calgary Flames 4, Winnipeg Jets 1

20 Oct

Calgary came out flat yet again, getting outshot 10-1 in the first period, and surrendering the first goal of the game. However after the first intermission Calgary responded with 3 goals in the second, and another in the third, to capture their fourth win of the trip. Johnny Gaudreau had his first of the season, Mason Raymond had his fifth, and TJ Brodie also scored to keep his six-game point streak alive. Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames.

With last night’s win, Calgary ends their beginning-of-the-season six-game road-trip with a 4 and 2 record. Mighty impressive, yet still early in the year.

 

Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Calgary Flames 2

18 Oct

Calgary came out flat in the first and most of the second, and a third period push wasn’t enough to eradicate a 3-0 lead. It was nice to see Jooris get his first goal in his first game, which means he’ll probably be in in Winnipeg now.

 

Calgary Flames 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1 (OT)

16 Oct

You aren’t going to see that every day. The Flames were badly outplayed, outshot 50-18, gave Chicago 7 power plays, yet somehow managed to win the game in the Mad House on the second night of back-to-back road games. The Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Calgary Flames, but it wasn’t enough to beat goalie Jonas Hiller.

The Flames won for the second time in as many nights by riding Hiller’s 49-save effort to a 2-1 overtime victory that ended 25 seconds short of a shootout on center Mikael Backlund‘s goal.

They had a plethora of lucky bounces, mostly with the Hawks missing open nets. Hiller played well, I don’t want to take anything away from that, but really the Flames were just lucky that Dan Carcillo isn’t a better hockey player. Although I’m sure the .980 save percentage will be a huge confidence boost for Jonas.

Of note: Mark Dias was in as Deryk Engelland was nursing an injury, David Jones is still out and we haven’t seen or heard about Lance Bouma since that ugly looking hit in Nashville.

 

Flames 3, Predators 2 (SO)

15 Oct

Well the Flames probably didn’t deserve to win the game last night, despite out-shooting their opponent for the first time this year. Nashville had better chances and had possession of the puck for the majority of the game.

But after Ramo made that incredible 2-on-1 save, you just got the feeling that nothing after that point was going to get by him. Remember those games with Kiprusoff? When he would make that one save that just dialed in his focus and you just knew he wouldn’t be beat for the rest of the game? Well that’s what it was like after that moment with Karri Ramo. He stopped all remaining shots as well as all three in the shootout to secure the Flames’ second win of the year.

Calgary was 1/3 on the PP and killed off two Nashville power plays, so if there was a reason second to Ramo, that was it.

I also thought that Devin Setoguchi played his best game of the year. Without harping on him, I got to focus most of my anger on the useless pylon that is Matt Stajan.

 

Blues 4, Flames 1

12 Oct

St. Louis was in charge of this game for pretty much the entire time. Although Kelly Hrudey was nice in saying the Flames took over in the third, that’s pretty easy to do when your opponent is up by four.

To be honest I kind of stopped paying attention after the fourth goal was scored, so I can’t even tell you who I thought played well. I’ll bet that Gaudreau is starting to feel the itch after being a third of the way through his 9-game ‘free pass’ to start the year. Other than super-snipers Bollig and Stajan, Gaudreau is the only Flames forward to play all three games without registering a single point. Of course after 9 games Calgary either has to send him down, or burn a year out of his NHL entry-level contract. 

Calgary once again was horrendously out-shot, hopefully this doesn’t become a pattern. Jiri Hudler and David Jones sat this one out, and Raphael Diaz was a healthy scratch.

 

Flames 5, Oilers 2

10 Oct

Cammawho?

Mason Raymond had is third career hat trick in only his second game as a Flame to lift the Flames to a 5-2 win over the Oilers. Calgary came out flying in the first five minutes, but were non-existent for the 35 minutes after that. Luckily Karri Ramo had a great game to hold Calgary in it, and the Flames were able to come out in the third much stronger than Edmonton and score three.

The thing is, there are only a handful of teams you can not play 60 minutes against and still have a chance to win. Vancouver showed that in game one. If we were playing against 27 other teams, 25 minutes of solid play wouldn’t have been enough.

And what’s with Rogers starting the game 12 minutes into the first period? Don’t they know that people PVR sports games? Don’t they care about those of us who like to watch a hockey game commercial and inane banter free? And doesn’t Louie DeBrusk look just like Kelly Hrudey? Wasn’t it surreal to have them on the same broadcast? Actually, come to think of it, you never did see them together. Cripes, they even sound the same.

Kelly Hrudey

Kelly Hrudey

Louie DeBrusk

Louie DeBrusk

 

Canucks 4, Flames 2

09 Oct

It was the season opener, and like most season openers… the Calgary Flames lost. Calgary hasn’t won a season opener since 2009.

They were clearly outplayed for most of the game. Although if they would have been able to capitalize on the early 5-on-3 they had, momentum would have been much different. That event sucked a lot of the life out the building, and gave energy to the Canucks. The Canucks swept the five-game series with Calgary last season and have won eight in a row against the Flames, including five straight in the Saddledome.

As far as who was noticeable? I thought that Kris Russell played well. As did Paul Byron and Mikael Backlund. I thought that Curtis Glencross and Matt Stajan looked slow and out of place. I guess that’s not really new news though, is it.

Next up? Edmonton. The Oilers are going to be jacked right up, so it should be a good game. And both teams are equally as bad!

 

Jets 4, Flames 1 – Preseason

07 Oct

The Flames end their preseason with a 4-4 record, which doesn’t really say anything so I’m not sure why I mentioned it.

What’s more important is the 23 guys that will be on the opening night roster, and the lines that Calgary will play at least one period with.

Here is the final roster as chosen by the geniuses over at TheCalgaryFlames.com: http://thecalgaryflames.com/current-line-combinations

Forwards
Left
Centre
Right
First line CURTIS GLENCROSS MATT STAJAN JOE COLBORNE
Second line JOHNNY GAUDREAU SEAN MONAHAN JIRI HUDLER
Third line MASON RAYMOND MIKAEL BACKLUND DAVID JONES
Fourth line BRANDON BOLLIG LANCE BOUMA BRIAN MCGRATTAN
Defencemen
First pairing MARK GIORDANO TJ BRODIE
Second pairing DENNIS WIDEMAN KRIS RUSSELL
Third pairing LADISLAV SMID RAPHAEL DIAZ
Goalies
Starter  JONAS HILLER
Backup KARRI RAMO
Injured
None
Scratched
DERYK ENGELLANDPAUL BYRONDEVIN SETOGUCHI

 
 
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