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Archive for March, 2012

Flames 5 – Jets 3

10 Mar

The Flames once again rode their top line (Tanguay 1 goal, 3 assists; Iginla 1 goal, 2 assists) and their goaltender (Kiprusoff 42 saves), and on this night it was enough to win the Battle of Atlanta.

Sven Baertchi was noticable, and he didn’t screw up too bad – meaning he took one sketchy penalty. So it was a good game all around, and surprisingly no one got hurt!

 

Calgary calls up their only promising prospect, Sven Bärtschi

07 Mar

With Jackman now out, yes another one, the Calgary Flames have resorted to calling up players from the WHL. Sven Bärtschi, 19, has 33 goals and 61 assists in 47 games.

Why, you ask? Look at this list of injured players:

That is two full lines. Matt Stajan was the number one centre last night… MATT STAJAN!

 

Flames 5 – Les Habitants 4

07 Mar

That was a pretty fun game to be at, although it seemed like it would once again follow the pattern of the last few weeks. Flames score first, play a crappy period, then fight back to tie it in the third, only to lose in overtime or a shootout. On this night, the Flames scored first, two actually, and had a 2-1 lead going into the second period.

Iggy’s first goal of the game was a beaut. I don’t think anyone thought he kept the puck with him as he made the defenseman look foolish. Unfortunately since the cameras are on the same side as he was, you can’t see it on the highlights.

Then Kiprusoff gave up a real softy to tie the game at 2. It looked like Calgary was going to lose the momentum after that. But goals by Girodano and Iginla put the Flames up by 2, and then – to even out the goalie gaffes - Price made a nice pass right to Glencross for the eventual game winner.

“I just kind of got it and shot it,” Glencross said. “I didn’t want to waste any time. It was a pass where he put it right on my tape so I was lucky enough to be able to shoot it right away.”

Big win, over the last place (in the East) Montreal Canadiens. But only one point was gained in the standings, because everyone else won as well. Five teams, three points, two spots. Fifteen games to go.

7  Phoenix PAC 67 33 25 9 75 Lost 4
8  San Jose PAC 65 33 24 8 74 OT 1
9  Los Angeles PAC 66 31 23 12 74 Won 3
10  Colorado NW 68 35 29 4 74 Won 2
11  Calgary NW 67 30 25 12 72 Won 1
 

Stars 3 – Flames 2 (SO)

05 Mar

The Flames lost to _________ (insert any team) on ________ (insert any night) to keep them _____ (insert number of points) out of a playoff spot. Here is how the game went.

The Flames scored first (and sometimes second and third) in the first period. However they didn’t even show up in the second period to let _Dallas_ back in the game.  They battled back to tie it in the third, but lost a heart-breaker in the final minute or overtime or the shootout.

The kicker with the loser point is that it is like playing .500 hockey, which we all know isn’t good enough. But for some reason people think that getting a point is okay. You can’t play .500 hockey at this time of year and expect to make the playoffs, or even maintain your position.

Here are the last 10 games records for the five teams fighting for the final two playoff spots. Dallas is 7-1-2, all signs point to making it. San Jose has really stunk it up lately at 2-7-1, and they are likely going to be passed by L.A. – if the Kings can play better hockey than .500 at 4-4-2. Colorado is 6-4-0, which is only 2 games above .500, but enough to pass Calgary’s 3-3-4 record.

 

Ducks 3 – Flames 2

03 Mar

I think Mosser said it best…

“That hurts.”

The Flames came from behind in the third period to tie the game, and gave themselves a chance to get at least a point in this back-to-back road game. But with 46 seconds left Ryan Getzlaf scored to completely ruin the Flames’ night. And because Dallas won in Edmonton the Flames are 4 points behind them – making Sundays game even more critical than it already was.

 

Flames 4 – Coyotes 2

01 Mar

The Flames were up by three after the first, even though they gave up eight minutes of power play time in the period. But in typical Flames fashion, they stunk up the second period letting the Coyotes get back in the game with two quick goals. And then to the surprise of us all — in non-Flames fashion they came out and actually played a good third period. Good win.

 
 
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