This really shouldn’t have been a 5-1 game, it was more of a 6-5 in overtime game. The score seemed losided because of Miika Kiprusoff. I’ve said this a lot before, but you see an highlight reel save and it’s almost old hat now. We expect miraculous saves, night in and night out. How this guy wasn’t an All Star this year is beyond me.
So a lot to talk about.
- Kipper. 41 saves on 42 shots. A .975 save percentage. There was more posts and crossbars (on both sides) in this game than I can remember. I can remember 5, but I’m sure there was more. So why wasn’t he an All Star? He is currently 5th in wins – which is pretty good for a goalie on a team in 17th place overall. He is 5th in the league in Goals Against Average (among goalies with more than 30 games) and 7th in Save Percentage (30+ games). The best 5 goalies in the league? I’d have to say Henrik Lundqvist, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas, Miikka Kiprusoff, Jimmy Howard. Of course Lundqvist, Thomas and Howard all have fairly decent teams in front of them.
- Flames. The Flames haven’t lost to Toronto in Calgary for nearly a decade. The win moves Calgary to within one point of 8th, and 3 points out of 6th. Thank you slumping Chicago! Next up? A huge game in Dallas. A win and you put 5 points between us and the Stars. A loss, and Dallas is one point behind with a game in hand.
- Phaneuf. Dion’s hook lead to a penalty shot which lead to Paul Byron’s 3-1 insurance goal. That is kind of what broke open the gaem for the Flames as the Leafs had all the momentum at the time. I think the penalty shot was the 3rd shot of the period for Calgary. Also, I’m not sure why he got booed, because he under-performed when he was here? Because he got too friendly with other player’s wives/girlfriends? Because we clearly lost that trade? Because there was a lot of beer consumed for a Tuesday? (I’m just saying, there was no booing at the beginning of the night), I don’t get it. I would absolutely have traded him. But for White, Mayers, Hagman and Stajan? Ouch.