Coyotes 4 – Flames 3

16 Mar


If there was ever a glimmer of hope that this team could make the playoffs it was certainly squashed last night at the Dome. The past three games against Phoenix and Vancouver have been (wait for it) the most important games of the season. We all know that, and the players know that. However, for certain players to not step up when absolutely necessary (hairy eyeball at Bouwmeester, Regehr and Iginla) is – as Sutter put it – completely unacceptable.

It was so frustrating to see what was supposed to be our best defencive pairing be -6 collectively in such an important game. It was equaly frustrating to see the Captain not be able to lift this team onto his shoulders like he was once able. It’s frustrating that we look to guys like Jokinen and Jackman to save the team when it’s struggling.

But the worst of it all is that the Flames could have very well destroyed all chance of a postseason appearance, something they struggled over 3 months to build up, in three games. The odds for Calgary dropped from nearly 80% to less than 40%. From being in control of your own destiny to relying on other teams to lose. From being able to play 500 hockey and make it, to having to play 700 hockey (7-3) to make it. From being in 4th place in the West and having home-ice advantage, to 8th in the West. By the time the Flames play again they will be in 10th, mark my words.

Sunday’s game becomes the most important game of the year. And who do we have to rely on? With David Moss and Brendan Morrison out for the year, we have Ales Kotalik. We have Lance Bouma. We have Brett Carson. Crap.

  1. Zzzzzzzzz

    March 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    It was a tough game for Flames fans, a truly underwhelming effort. No jump and no aggression. Calgary’s stars were badly outplayed by dudes like Schlemko and Fiddler. PHO owned all the real estate in front of both nets all game long. Only a few in-close scoring opportunities for CAL. In fact, the only forward going to the net hard in the previous losses was Moss. The Flames can easily go 7-3 to end the season, but only if they get back to playing like last month’s team that has jump and aggression. What does Sutter gotta do to light a fire under the veterans? Only bright spot was to see them finally giving Backland quality ice time. I think they should call up Neimz to finish the season too.