Archive for November, 2013

Ducks 5, Flames 2

29 Nov

Here is a list of Flames that I would like to get rid of:

  • Mikael Backlund
  • Paul Byron
  • Mike Cammalleri
  • Joe Colborne
  • Matt Stajan
  • Chris Butler
  • Derek Smith

Here are the Flames I haven’t quite given up on yet:

  • Sven Baertschi
  • TJ Galiardi
  • Curtis Glencross
  • Blair Jones
  • David Jones
  • Brian McGrattan
  • Max Reinhart
  • Lee Stempniak
  • Shane O’Brien
  • Kris Russell
  • Ladislav Smid
  • Reto Berra
  • Karri Ramo

And here are the Flames I’d keep:

  • Jiri Hudler
  • Sean Monahan
  • Lance Bouma
  • TJ Brodie
  • Mark Giordano
  • Dennis Wideman

And that’s all I have to say about that.


Blackhawks 3, Flames 2

28 Nov

This game was perfect, just the way I want games to go this year. The Flames were ahead most of the game, first by one, then two to nothing. They were being outplayed but were blocking shots and Berra was fantastic, flopping everywhere. Then the Hawks scored a couple goals quickly (like a band-aid it’s less painful that way) and then potted the winner with 18 seconds to go.

So it had everything you would want… great goaltending, Calgary was competitive (even though they had no business being so) and they didn’t even get a single point. Hopefully Edmonton can win a couple now so Calgary can move closer to 30th.

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Flames 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

23 Nov

The Flames just haven’t been looking really sharp the past while, I think the romance of the first 10 games has passed and now we’re getting a glimpse into what this team is really like.

Calgary managed to blow a two-goal third period lead, but did still walk away with two points after a 6-round shootout. Who knew that Stempniak has a shootout shooting percentage of over 50%? Why isn’t he shooting more often? Of course Monahan’s is 100%, but he’s only taken two shots.

The positive in this game was that Blair Jones looked good (and scored) and Sven Baertschi finally scored a goal. So let’s remember that part.

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Blue Jackets 2, Flames 1 (OT)

21 Nov

Reto Berra continues to look good (I think anyway) and the Flames still can’t find a way to get shots on net. Luckily Columbus was tired enough that Calgary managed 9 shots in the third and was able to score a goal to get it to overtime. Everything fell apart then in the matter of 3 seconds and a potential win became one loser point.

The highlight of the night was definitely this save, this has got to be the save of the year.

Tim Jackman was traded today to Anaheim for a 6th round draft pick. I understand that the Flames needed to get rid of him at the end of the year, but a 6th round pick? Isn’t that the same as nothing? I always liked Jackman, it’s sad to see him go… one of the old guard I guess.

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Flames 5, Jets 4 (SO)

19 Nov

This was a fun game to watch with a lot of in-game story lines.

Reto Berra stood on his head (actually flopped around a lot) to keep the game tied at zeros through the first period. As any Flames fan will know, the first is when we like to spot our opponents a two-goal lead. Berra stopped 43 of 47 Winnipeg shots over the course of the night.

There were goals, eight of them, through regulation. The Flames had (read: blew) leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3. The Jets scored with just 5 seconds left in the game to send the game to OT.

The game went to the eighth round of the shootout, and my PVR recorded just until the end of the overtime. So I missed it. But I heard Sean Monahan scored the winner, nice.

And finally Calgary snaps a six-game losing streak. As far as efforts to make it to the bottom of the league, the past two weeks have been admirable.

Next up? The powerhouse that is the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Oilers 4, Flames 2

17 Nov

The Flames were up by two and really outplayed the Oil in the first 20 minutes of this one. Edmonton had a good stretch in the second, but Calgary came on again in the third to try to put it away. They ended up losing 4-2 though.

I know what you’re all thinking…

  • Can you believe that the Flames had a two goal lead?
  • Did Smid come to play?
  • Did anyone tell them to change out of the WalMart pajamas before game time?

The answer to all of those, is ‘of course i/he/they did, but I’m/he’s/we’re used to disappointment.’

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Stars 7, Flames 3

15 Nov

Well that was rather embarrassing.

Jamie Benn had six points, four of them assists on goals by linemate Tyler Seguin, in a 7-3 rout of the Calgary Flames.

The Flames (6-10-3) have dropped five straight, including three in a row at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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Wild, Blues, Avs 1 – Flames 0

10 Nov

So I’ve been away for a little while, and the Flames managed to lose three in a row while I was gone. From what I heard the Blues and Avalanche games were entertaining, while the Minnesota game was not.

Also the Flames traded for under-performing deferenceman Ladislav Smid. Since all they gave up was performing-as-expected bubble NHLer Roman Horak, I guess that counts as a win. Plus Smid is -45 over his career so that’s going to help us get scored on.

The race to last place is on Edmonton!

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Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

04 Nov

Yes, yes we have (see the last of Joey Mac)

I had to watch two games last night because I was behind with the old PVR, so I didn’t get to fully appreciate this one. But I did see enough to see that Berra had a heck of a game, that Glencross isn’t as bad this year as I thought, and the Flames actually won a game in OT (and in the United Center to boot!).

From someone else… Reto Berra felt the nerves building prior to his NHL debut Sunday night against the defending Stanley Cup champions at United Center.

The 26-year old rookie goaltender had just been called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to join the Calgary Flames and coach Bob Hartley decided to toss the talented 6-foot-4 rookie straight into the fire against the Chicago Blackhawks.

After calling Berra a “thoroughbred” following the Flames’ morning skate, Hartley looked pretty smart. Berra made 42 saves and earned his first win when Kris Russell scored 1:32 into overtime in a 3-2 victory.

“Honestly I had a lot of thoughts,” Berra said, while wearing the Flames’ fire helmet given out to each game’s hardest worker. “Everything went through my mind. Right after lunch I always sleep, but today I couldn’t sleep. I was really nervous. But right before the game, when I was just sitting in here, I just thought, ‘Go out and play your game and have fun. You have nothing to lose.’ I put the excitement and nerves into a positive energy.”

It was a force that was bolstered even more by the traditional singing of the Canadian and U.S. anthems. Berra said he was forewarned about how stirring the American version is in Chicago, but still wasn’t quite prepared.

“Crazy … awesome,” he said, when asked to describe his emotions standing in front of the Flames’ net. “I almost cried and, like, my hair stand up. The guys, they told me a little bit what to expect, but when you’re out there as a goalie, on the ice, it is really, like, unbelievable.”


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Wings 4, Flames 3

04 Nov

At least the Flames made a game out of it. But… have we seen the last of Joey MacDonald?

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