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Flames 3 – Avalanche 2

09 Dec

And the domination of the Avs continues.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say something that I say every year right before the Flames dive into an unrecoverable tailspin away from the post-season… I’m excited for the Edmonton game on Saturday because it actually means something. Shocking, isn’t it?

You see, if the Flames win on Saturday they will pass the Oilers in the standings. The ‘look-at-how-good-we-are-now-Feaster‘ Oilers. It would move them into a 3-way tie with Nashville and Los Angeles for 9th, and it would (albeit temporarily and hypothetically) put them one point out of a playoff spot.

I’m not going to mention that there are seven teams within four points of each other, battling for two playoff spots. And a couple teams, namely San Jose and Los Angeles, should be playoff teams. And to move up four points, you have to win four games. That’s just how it seems to work.

 

Flames 7 – Hurricanes 6

07 Dec

Flames entered the third period ahead 4-2 and Carolina scored 4 times in the third to… lose? Calgary gave up two goals in the final minute, after scoring an empty net goal? Kiprusoff allowed 6 goals on 34 shots, and wins? What a whacky game that was.

A lot has happened since Sunday’s horrible showing against Vancouver:

  • The  new conferences have been announced. Calgary will be in the Northwest with Edmonton, Vancouver, Colorado, Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Jose, and – for the moment – Phoenix. It’s expected that the Coyotes will move to somewhere in the East, possibly before next season.
  • The Flames sign forward Michael Ferland to an NHL entry-level contract. Ferland was Calgary’s fifth round draft pick, 133rd overall, in the 2010 Entry Draft.
  • Morrison returns from being a healthy scratch for five games to score 4 points agains the Canes.
  • Curtis Glencross has the flu and missed the game.
  • The line juggling continues, and Joe Piskula has become more of a regular since it was reported that Cory Sarch (again a healthy scratch) is looking to be traded.
 

Canucks 5 – Flames 1

05 Dec

This round of the battle of the backups goes to… Roberto Luongo.

The Flames played a great first period in Vancouver, killed off a 5-on-3, scored first, did everything right. Then Vancouver came out in the second and took over the game, which is what always happens when Calgary faces Vancouver. Calgary managed just 9 shots in the final 40 minutes, after firing 13 in the first 20. However the score was only 1-1 through most of the second, before the Canuckleheads went ahead with a minute left.

And that’s all she wrote, as the Canucks scored three more in the third and injured Henrik Karlsson to boot. Literally he’s a big loss, but figuratively? not so much.

 

Flames 5 – Oilers 3

04 Dec

Sutter: “We played resilient. We felt very comfortable and confident. I thought after the first three minutes we settled down and played. Our forecheck was good, we created turnovers and our special teams were very good.”

That’s an understatement. The Flames went down 2-0 in the first three minutes of the game. The Flames gave power play after power play to the best PP on home ice.

And I’m that much closer to winning some gin from my friend Cory.

 

Blue Jackets 4 – Flames 3 (SO)

02 Dec

All I want for Christmas is a new head coach…

Here is how this game went down. First, we learned that Mark Giordano is out for two weeks. Then we saw the Flames get out-worked in the first, but still emerged out of the period tied with Columbus at 1. In the second the Flames took over, and that continued in the third. With 5 minutes left in the third period, Calgary was ahead 3-1 and it looked like the Flames were going to win their third game in a row for the first time this year.

Then everything sorta fell apart.

The Jackets scored with 4 minutes to go to get within one, and again with less than a minute remaining — with an empty net. Backlund had a shot on the empty net too, but with was stopped by the Columbus d-man. They turn it up ice, score, force OT, then the shootout, then the Flames don’t score once in the shootout. So the Flames went from 3-1 in the third (and Calgary was 9-0 when leading after 2), to losing 4-3 to the worst team in the league.

Iginla’s stock continues to drop the longer Feaster waits. So you can only imagine that Jarome is here to stay. Feaster has time to rebuild, but please Jay… start by rebuilding the coach.

 
 
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