Chris Butler is out for three weeks, but that’s okay because Derek Smith is back. He has been a much better defenseman this year anyway. Curtis Glencross came back as well, and I was surprised to see him inserted into the top line after missing 13 games.
The game started pretty slow, and the Flames got a really lucky bounce to get that much needed first goal. But what was even more lucky, downright bizarre even, was that Matt Stajan scored to give Calgary a two-goal lead. Mark down two assists for Phoenix goalie Mike Smith.
The Flames found a way to blow that lead though, one again deciding to coast through the second period. So Langkow has 8 goals this year? What does Lee Stempniak have? 12. I guess that wasn’t so bad a trade after all.
And then Scott Hannan made a sweet pass to Ray Whitney to send him in alone to put the Coyotes up by one. With 2:00 left in the third, the unproductive power play actually scored to tie the game. The extra point was huge on this night, and it went to… Phoenix. Crap.
This blog-as-I-watch idea is stupid.
The game aside, let’s focus on what (if anything) the Flames may do in the next four days. So who is in play from the Flames roster come trade deadline day? Well if you believe the knuckleheads at Roger’s Sportsnet – and I do – they have perennial powerhouses Blake Comeau and Scott Hannan up for grabs.
According to Jay Feaster, if the team plays the way they have tonight and that last Edmonton game, then they don’t deserve to stay together. Come on Jay, how dumb do you think we are? We all know that a team’s philosophy doesn’t change in six days. I’m pretty sure you’re the one that told us that.