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Kings 3 – Flames 0

29 Mar

Whatever.

I expect no more from this hockey team. I’m not sure why they keep talking like they could do more, this is just all the skill they have. And have had, for some time now.

Here is the Flames’ records from the past three years (assuming the last few games go as the past few have):

2009–10 40-32-10 for 90 points

2010–11 41-29-12 for 94 points

2011-12 37-30-15 for 89 points

So not only are they missing the playoffs for the third straight year, they are getting worse.

How bad were the Flames? The third star of the night was Jay Bouwmeester (for some reason) who had no points and was a -2 on the night.

 

Flames 5 – Stars 4

26 Mar

There was a lot of chippy play and four on four in this game. Kipper let in a couple real softies from Jamie Benn, but the Flames were able to come back each time.

The biggest thing I noticed about this game was how the Flames just allowed the Stars to enter their zone any time they wanted. These Calgary D suck ass this year. Where is Derek Smith and T.J. Brodie when you need them?

The other thing I noticed was just how invisible Curtis Glencross was in this game. Maybe he’s hurt. Or at least has some sort of excuse for his suckiness.

The Flames went 3 for 6 in the first two periods, which fueled a four goal outburst for Calgary in the second. Dallas scored early in the third to bring themselves within one, but it wasn’t enough this time.

Bottom line? Too little, too late.

Kiprusoff selected as Masterton nominee: Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has been nominated for the prestigious Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Calgary Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA). The annual award goes to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Or as one blogger puts it, for putting up with being a Calgary Flame for the past seven years.

 

Stars 4 – Flames 1

26 Mar

The fat lady has sung

 

Wild 3 – Flames 2 (SO)

22 Mar

Well if you thought there may be a slight chance still, there is nothing like a four-game losing streak to squash all of your hopes. And who did Sutter put out there when the season was (once again) on the line? Stajan, Stempniak, Jones, Comeau. Those were your shootout heros… they combined for a total of zero goals.  Cripes.

The Flames dominated the first period, outshooting the Wild 17-4, but that was all they had for the game as Minnesota not only came back to tie it when down by two – you’ll remember that is what happened last time as well – but this time they won in the shootout.

So if the Flames season wasn’t already over before, it sure as hell is over now.

 

Avalanche 2 – Flames 1 (OT)

21 Mar

The Flames have definately hit a wall. They have lost three in a row, and two of those games were against the worst two teams in the league.

They were outplayed, outhit and outgoaltended in this game. The officiating was horrible, absolutly brutal, in Calgary’s favour. The Flames didn’t take one penalty all night, although they should have… and Colorado took three, although they only deserved one.

The Flames deserved to lose this game, and are lucky to get the point. Although now they have dropped from 40% to 25% making the playoffs. Remember this point when the Avs beat out Calgary for 8th place by a single point.

The good news is that both Blake Comeau and Lee Stempniak are back, the bad news is that now Cory Sarich is hurt. He looked concussed too.

 

Blue Jackets 2 – Flames 1 SO

21 Mar

Have to cheat again, this will be the last time. From NHL.com

While the Calgary Flames in contention to capture a berth in the highly-contested Western Conference, Steve Mason and the 30th-place Blue Jackets earned a 2-1 shootout victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday night, limiting their opposition to just one point in the thick of their intense playoff chase.

The 11th-place Flames were also unable to come away with the win against the 29th-ranked Edmonton Oilers on Friday, giving them just one of a possible four points against the two basement clubs this weekend.

Methinks the Flames have hit a wall.

 

Oilers 3 – Flames 1

21 Mar

I’ve been away the past few days, so I’m going to have to cheat a bit. From NHL.com:

The Oilers put a dent in Calgary’s postseason hopes on Friday night as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice in a 3-1 victory at Rexall Place. Jordan Eberle scored the other goal and assisted on both of the tallies by Nugent-Hopkins as the Oilers won their second in a row.

“It was huge for us to win this game,” said Nugent-Hopkins, the first player taken in last June’s NHL Draft. “It’s as close to a playoff game as we are going to have this year. It was a lot of fun playing in a game like that. There was so much intensity and emotion out there.”

Have the Flames hit a wall? I guess we’ll know over the next few games.

 

Flames 4 – Coyotes 1

15 Mar

Iginla with goals in 6 straight, Stajan with points in 5 straight, Baertschi with goals in 3 straight, and 1 huge win against Phoenix.

The Flames stay in the hunt and are now just 1 point out of 7th with their fifth win in a row. It’s going to be really easy to look past the Oilers tomorrow night.

Mark Giorodano was a great selection for the first star of this game. Charlie Simmer continues to be awesome… (Rob Kerr not so much).

 

Flames 3 – Sharks 2 (OT)

14 Mar

A lot happened in this game. Iginla scored his 30th, 11th year in a row he’s done that. Wow. Glencross was kicked out of the game for a hit from behind, ending his chance to tie the Flames record for goals in eight consecutive games.  Sven Baertschi scored again, as did Matt Stajan – somehow – which lead to this rare Brent Sutter hug. The Flames managed two shots in the third period, and still won.

I’ve said before that the playoff race couldn’t get much closer, well… it has. With the 3-point game last night there are now five teams within one point of each other. Five teams and two playoff spots up for grabs.

 

 

Flames 4 – Wild 3

11 Mar

I wrote last time that “at least no one got hurt.” Well, T.J.Brodie apparently did get hurt because Babchuk was in for him for this game. Babs didn’t look great.

On the other side of the ice, Matt Hackett, the Wild’s third-string goalie played because of Minny’s injury woes. He played really well and he had no chance on the goals, especially the Iginla goal – I think he was shrugging his shoulders before Iggy even shot the puck.

Did the second period even happen?

In the third Sven Baertschi scored his first NHL goal, but that excitement was short-lived as Erik Christianson scored two goals in 2:20 to erase a two-goal third period lead.

Following that we saw the worst pass/shot ever from Iginla, but it went right to Glencross and that regained the Flames the lead. But if Kipper doesn’t make that huge save right before that goal this game is over. Moss’s pass to Jokinen on the two-on-one was much better. Lord knows that Mosser has had enough practice in the last couple games.

Big win for the Flames. Although they sure did what they could to lose this one in the third period. I believe that they are now tied for eighth.

 
 
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