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Flames 3, Devils 2

15 Oct

I have to admit, I missed Calgary Flames / New Jersey Devils game. You see the Stamps were playing at the exact same time and that game took priority over the Flames. Both on my PVR and in life.

Watching the highlights though I see that I missed a good one. Sean Monahan scored with 2:43 left in the third period to send Calgary to a 3-2 victory. The goal is Monahan’s 4th in 5 games, and he has 2 assists as well.

While warning that he and every one of his players have to stay grounded and humble, that five games is too small a sample to go on, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley sees his team’s surprising 3-0-2 record and can’t help but wonder about the potential for what could happen on its upcoming five-game road trip that starts Wednesday.

“We learned a lot in the first five, but the next five, all five road games against very good hockey clubs, that’s going to say a lot,” Hartley told NHL.com on Monday.

The Flames play at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. They head up the coast to play the San Jose Sharks on Saturday and come back down to play the Los Angeles Kings on Monday before traveling slightly east to play at the Phoenix Coyotes the next night. They close their road trip at the Dallas Stars on Oct. 24.

 

Flames 3, Canadiens 2

10 Oct

For the third time this young season the Flames jumped out to an early and commanding lead, this time 3-0 over Montreal before the game was half over. Sean Monahan continued to make the already-made decision to send him back to the minors more difficult to announce after nine games with two points to continue his point-per-game pace. He played on a line with Sven Baertschi and Lee Stempniak which looked like Calgary’s top line at times.

Joey MacDonald started his third game in a row, which is weird, but continues to make ridiculous saves when his team needs it the most. So maybe Bob Hartley’s ‘gut feeling’ to keep playing him is adding up to wins? Doesn’t he know how a rebuild works? We’re not after wins here!

So the Flames are now 2-0-2 after four games, their best start since they came to the NHL 33 years ago. Wow, how sad is that?

 

Canucks 5, Flames 4 (OT)

07 Oct

Well that was a pretty exciting loss I must say.

Joey MacDonald played great. In case you haven’t seen it, he probably made the save of the year.

The Canucks had tied the game at 3-3 by the time Chris Higgins found a gaping net and the puck on his stick at 8:40 of the third period. But MacDonald made a ridiculous stop with his stick to preserve the tie.

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Vancouver scored later in the frame, but David Jones tied it for the Flames with 19 seconds left in the game. Mike Santorelli scored the overtime winner for the Canucks, but MacDonald’s superb evening should not go unnoticed.

What I also noticed was Glencross and his horrible giveaway to blow the 3-1 lead. But I’m trying to stay positive here.

So the positive is that Monahan scored again; and T.J. Galiardi, Lance Bouma and Ben Street all played beyond their expectations. It’ll be super-exciting hockey for the first 9 games, then reality will start to set in.

 

Flames 4, Blue Jackets 3

05 Oct

Even the offensive firepower of Blake Comeau couldn’t stop the Flames on this night, as Joey MacDonald backstopped Calgary to the first win of the season. We’re above .500, can you believe it!

Sean Monahan scored his first goal, which was nice to see. Glencross scored his first and Sven Baertschi did some back-checking.

Perhaps tellingly, Calgary GM Jay Feaster stated earlier this week that the nine games Monahan can play before burning a year off his NHL contract can be “spread over the course of three months if we decide to do it.” So far (stress, so far) he seems to be learning on the job rather swimmingly.

 

Capitals 5, Flames 4 (SO)

05 Oct

The Flames jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after the first period of play. I think that kinda surprised all of us. However in the second period when it was 4-1 Flames, the predictions started getting tossed out – Capitals will win this 5 to 4.

Which happened, but at least Calgary scored four goals, right?

 
 
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