Archive for December, 2011

Flames go 1-1-1 over the holidays

31 Dec

Dec 27. Flames, Blue Jackets, Flames win 3-2 in a shootout.

Dec 29. Flames, Islanders, Flames lose 3-1.

Dec 30. Flames, Senators. Flames lose 4-3 in overtime. After going up 3-0 in this game the Flames fully blew the 3 goal lead by generating nothing in the final 40 minutes, eventually losing in overtime. Calgary remains one point back of a playoff spot.

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Flames 3 – Canucks 1

24 Dec

I don’t think I need to explain how big a win in Vancouver is for Calgary. This was the Flames’ first regulation win against Vancouver in 13 games, ending a 10-0-2 run by the Canucks. It was Irving’s first NHL win, who had to survive 17 shots by Vancouver in the third. This win also kept streaks alive for Glencross and Jokinen, who are starting to look like the players we always expected them to be.

Since I’m going to be a way for a while, I may not be able to post after games. Or update the line combinations as people come back from injury. So I’ve taken the liberty of posting what will happen in each game beforehand. You’re welcome.

Tue, 27 Dec 2011 Flames Blue Jackets Flames win 5-4. Flames win 3 in a row for the first time this year. Remain within 2 points of eighth.
Thu, 29 Dec 2011 Flames Islanders Flames lose 2-0. Alex Tanguay returns from injury, it doesn’t help. Confidence gets too high, and the Flames forget they need to play tough to win.
Fri, 30 Dec 2011 Flames Senators Flames lose 4-1. Embarrassed against the Sens, and the Flames loose Glencross to injury. Leland Irving’s first NHL regulation loss.
Sun, 1 Jan 2012 Flames Predators Flames lose 2-1 (SO). Mark Giordano returns from injury, he responds with a goal, but Kipper can’t stop anyone in the shootout and the Flames lose.
Tue, 3 Jan 2012 Flames Capitals Flames win 3-2. Flames win after losing three straight.

Flames 3 – Red Wings 2

23 Dec

This was the one that almost got away. After a solid 40 minutes (3-0 after 2), the Flames were guilty of sitting back a little in the last period, which meant a couple quick goals and Detroit was right back in it. That made for an exciting finish for fans, although I’m certain the Flames would rather have not had to go through that.

So what’s up with Alex Tanguay?

“I can’t even pinpoint anything on it,” Sutter said after Thursday’s morning skate, which also did not include forwards Rene Bourque (suspension), Matt Stajan (ankle) and David Moss (foot). “I will say that I was somewhat surprised after the game (Tuesday against Minnesota) . . . he’s played some of his best hockey in the last four games of the whole year. I was quite surprised to see that he was going to be out on a day-to-day basis. We’ll just monitor it and see where it goes.”

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Flames 2 – Wild 1

21 Dec

This game kind of went like this… Minnesota had a great first shift, then Calgary turned it on for about 5 minutes, then a whole lot of nothing happened and then the game was over. That’s not entirely true, because Jackman had his clock cleaned early, but Kostopoulos made up for it later on by leveling Clayton Stoner with a right. That was the excitement for the night.

In other news, it looks like Matt Stajan could be out awhile with a high ankle sprain; Mark Giordano is close to returning, likely sometime on the 7-game road trip; Mikael Backlund had a whale of a game, and almost a fight with notorious tough-guy Matt Cullen; and the Flames are unbeaten this season in games where Rene Bourque is suspended.

Is it just me (and the two other Flames fans I know to exist) but has Calgary seemed overly uninspired lately? Perhaps we’ve gone from in Sutter we trust to in Sutters we must to with Sutters we lost. The countdown continues, Brent should have been fired 23 days ago.

…and also the line juggling continues (updated Calgary line combos).

…and an injury update for you all.

Brett Carson D Back Ques Thurs – 12/21/11 Carson continues to recover from a lingering back injury and has returned to practice with the team. He did not play in Tuesday’s game against the Wild and remains questionable against the Red Wings on Thursday.
Rene Bourque LW Suspension Elig Dec 23 – 12/19/11 Bourque has been suspended for two games after checking Brent Seabrook from behind during Sunday’s game against the Blackhawks. He will be eligible to return on December 23rd against the Canucks.
David Moss RW Foot Out indefinitely – 12/7/11 Moss has been out since suffering a foot injury on November 12th against the Avalanche. He has resumed skating but there is no timetable for his return.
Matt Stajan C Ankle I-R – 12/20/11 Stajan has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a sprained ankle in a game against the Blackhawks.
Henrik Karlsson G Leg I-R – 12/7/11 Karlsson has been placed on injured reserve with a torn MCL, which he sustained against the Canucks on December 4th. He is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.
Mark Giordano D Hamstring I-R – 12/3/11 Giordano has been placed on the injured reserve after an MRI has revealed partially ruptured tendons in his hamstring. He will be re-evaluated in three weeks to determine when he will be able to return.
Anton Babchuk D Hand I-R – 11/10/11 Babchuk has been placed on the injured reserve after sustaining a broken hand on November 8th game against the Wild. There is no timetable for his return.
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Bourque suspended two games

20 Dec
Rene Bourque has been suspended for two games for checking Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook from behind. He will forfeit US$36,036.04 in salary, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Bourque will miss home games on Tuesday to Minnesota and Thursday versus Detroit. He will be eligible to return Friday at Vancouver.

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Blackhawks 4 – Flames 2

19 Dec

The Flames were never really in this game. Come to think of it, they are never really in games in Chicago. It doesn’t help that the Flames were shorthanded for 30 minutes.

The highlights of the game were provided by Cory Sarich who layed out a couple of Hawks with big hits. Speaking of which Rene Bourque was kicked out of the game for clobbering Brent Seabrook, it’s Seabrook’s third big hit to the head in three years. We’ll wait and see what happens to Bourque.

Chicago media reported Seabrook lay “on the ice for several minutes” so I went back to check. I counted 14 seconds, nice work mainstream media.

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Panthers 3 – Flames 2 (SO)

19 Dec

This was Leland Irving’s first start, and he looked shaky in the first period and had problems controlling rebounds early. But he settled down and made his share of nice saves.

Bourque gave Calgary a 2-1 lead at 3:55 of the third with a power-play goal. With Kris Versteeg in the penalty box for slashing, Bourque took a pass from Jokinen to the left of Theodore and beat him with a close-in shot that went between his body and left arm. However Calgary would go on to blow this lead, to continue the winlessness on the this road trip.

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Lightning 5 – Flames 4 (OT)

16 Dec

Chris Butler scored two off his pants to give the Lightning the win. Dang.

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Predators 2 – Flames 1

15 Dec

After being horribly outplayed in the first, the Flames had a good second period to make a game out of the night when Glencross’s slo-mo goal tied it at one. Speaking of Slo Mo, Morrison took a stupid penalty in the third, which gave the leagues’s hottest powerplay the opportunity to go ahead, and that’s just what they did. Nashville outplayed Calgary in the third until the last 2 minutes of the game, but it was too little, too late.

Now with back-to-back games on the road, is this the time we see the NHL debut of Leland Irving? I hope so, because it’s not like we have the playoffs to look forward too.

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Flames 3 – Oilers 0

11 Dec

The Flames, for the first time this year, have a three-game winning streak going AND are one game over .500. You gotta celebrate these small victories.

Alex Tanguay was out with the Flu, which meant that Greg Nemisz got the call from the big club. You didn’t really notice him, which means he didn’t do any harm.

Calgary is now 1-point back of Edmonton and San Jose, and two points out of eighth. But this is typically the time the Flames go on a run to get as many points as you can get without making the playoffs. Drafting is overrated.

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