It’s probably because it was such an important game, or maybe because it was a back-to-back, or maybe Ilya Bryzgalov just had one of those games. Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 39 Calgary shots of all angles and varieties to record his sixth shutout of the season, and Phoenix jumped from eighth to fifth place in the jam-packed Western Conference. In Calgary’s corner, backup Henrik Karlsson played well enough to win (the final goal was an empty-netter) but we simply just got out-goaltended.
The Flames fired 19 shots in the second period and really controlled the play, but all they had to show for it was a couple posts. So now the Flames are in sixth, but both Dallas (1 point back) and Los Angeles (2 points back) have three games in hand on them. If the Flames lose on Saturday against the league leading Canucks, they could find themselves out of the playoffs come Sunday. Sports club stats gives the Flames a 50% shot of making it if they lose against Vancouver. Yikes. I knew I shouldn’t have said that they were going to make it.