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Archive for November, 2011
The storylines of this game were obvious.
- The Flames’ powerplay went 0-7, which included a 5-min major to Nick Johnson of the Wild for a headbutt on Iggy during a fight (see below).
- Minnesota dominated the faceoffs, showing that it actually is important – and not just for colour-guys to talk about – they were 3. 7-20 in favour of the Wild.
- The headbutt itself… was it intentional? was Johnson just trying to not get knocked out? was he just sharing with Jarome the Axe hair effect? You can decide for yourself by watching the video.
Overall, the Flames played pretty well (ex. faceoffs) out-shooting the Wild 41-26, Calgary had 13 shots on the PP alone. Plus Minnesota blocked another 27 shots – 27! That’s compared to Calgary’s 7. Everything pointed to a good game except for the one most important stat – the score.
I’m happy to report that Calgary won a game they probably shouldn’t have. They were outshot, they kept making bonehead plays, and the tried to hold on to a one goal lead for half the game.
Of those three brainfarts, giving up all those shots seems to be the most harmless, as the Flames have only lost one game this year when outshot. The actual stat is that they have a .200 winning percentage when they outshoot their opponent, and a .625 winning percentage when outshot.
I had to laugh at the Herald’s “Calgary shows mental toughness” headline after the win, because there were enough stupid passes, giveaways and oh-that’s-good-enough plays to choke a camel. Perhaps by mental toughness they meant thick-headed?
Even on Glencross’s winning goal, it was a bad giveaway by the Flames in the offensive zone during a powerplay. However what followed was an even worse giveaway by Colorado in the defensive zone on a penalty kill. A bad pass to Glencross hits him in the crotch, and it goes in. I guess some nights you’re just meant to win.
And with the win Calgary passes both St. Louis and Anaheim in the standings to 12th spot in the West. Just three spots to go to hit our goal!
If it wasn’t for backup Henrik Karlsson, this game would have been (even more) ugly. Karlsson made 42 saves, compared with Kipper’s 21 the night before – and 13 the night before that.
“Hank played unbelievable, and gave us a chance to get back in it,” Jarome Iginla said. “Yeah, we gave up a few too many shots, but we also had some good scoring chances. We just couldn’t get the tying goal.”
At least that was the best that Buffalo could possibly do, that makes me feel a little better.
“I thought our puck movement and execution was probably our best game of the year when it comes to that,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Skating-wise, excellent game, and passing-wise. I’ve said when the puck movement is good from our defensive forwards, we get a lot of things done.”
On a news and notes note… Brendan Morrison was benched for the entire third period after a nasty giveaway. Morrison has been nowhere near where the organization hoped he would be after returning from knee surgery.
This was a good game, this is kind of what Vancouver felt like after scoring 5 goals on 22 shots the other night. The line of Glencross, Jokinen, Iginla was good… but I don’t think it was that particular lineup that won the game. I think it’s the embarrassment of what happened at home verses the Canucks that created the immediacy to win.
Phoenix Coyotes center Kyle Turris remains unsigned and the Calgary Flames are “very, very interested” in trading for him, according to ESPN. A source tells the site that the Flames “have kept weekly tabs on the Turris situation” and had more than a few conversations with the Coyotes and the agent for Turris, Kurt Overhardt. However the stumbling block is that Phoenix doesn’t want to trade Turris unsigned.
Would you trade Rene Bourque, David Moss, Sven Bartschi ? Let’s hear it!
There are usually 2-3 games per year that you’d just like to forget, last night was one of those games. Sometimes these games wake your team up, and sometimes they are indicitive of the type of team you have.
The Flames seemed okay while the score was 0-0, and even 1-0. They were ever-so-close to killing off an extended five-on-three and, at the risk of doing a what-if, if killed off could have turned this game around. Like football, hockey is such a game of momentum.
The top line was nowhere to be found. Ditto the second line. I’m not sure I even know who was on the third line. If there was a bright sopt, it would be Calgary’s fourth line of Jackman, Kostopoulos and Stajan. However if you’re relying on that line to win a game against Vancouver, you’re in serious trouble.
Oh yeah, there were a couple other bright spots, Roberto Luongo, who really could have used a shutout, lost his with just 32 seconds left in the third period. Also, Calgary outshot Vancouver 29-21 in the game, although the Canucks had just 7 shots in the final 40 minutes – after a 3-0 1st period lead. You can’t fault Kipper on the goals, letting in 5 goals on 18 shots is nothing to write home about.
Next up? Detroit. Ah… crap.