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Flames 4, Sharks 1

31 Jan

Holy moly, four straight?

The win means that Calgary is 5 points ahead of 29th-place Edmonton, and 9 points ahead of last-place Buffalo. We really could be losing better.

After dropping a franchise record seven straight on Scotiabank Saddledome ice, the Flames have rebounded to win four consecutive games to start a five-game home stand after dispatching of the struggling San Jose Sharks 4-1 on Thursday.

Karri Ramo made 27 saves for the victory, San Jose’s third straight defeat. The Sharks, who had been shut out in their previous two outings, did manage to end a 160:36 scoreless drought early in the third period courtesy Eriah Hayes’ first career goal, Ramo’s only blemish on the night.

It didn’t take long for the Flames to work towards their season-high four game-winning streak.

Mikael Backlund danced around Matt Irwin before firing a shot on Alex Stalock, who kicked a rebound right onto the stick of Lee Stempniak. Stempniak made no mistake in converting his eighth of the year near the midway mark of the first to put Calgary up 1-0.

That lead was extended to 2-0 thanks to Mark Giordano 3:38 into the second.

Hayes pulled the Sharks back to within one with his first, but Sean Monahan batted his team-leading 15th of the year out of the air and behind Stalock at the 13-minute mark to restore Calgary’s two-goal lead.

Jiri Hudler erased any doubt of the win with his empty netter in the late stages of the game to help the Flames continue their streak.

The Flames, who are enjoying their longest winning streak since reeling off five victories in a row in March 2012, are 4-0-0 with one game to go on a five-game homestand.

 

Flames 5, Blackhawks 4 (OT)

29 Jan

Darnded WordPress has been down for a week. Finally things seem like they are back to normal and I can do things like comment on games or update the who’s injured now list.

Last night’s game was entertaining, I’ll give it that. I wasn’t super impressed with the goaltending, or defence, or that the Flames got two points when they are supposed to be losing. I also noticed that the best players on the team (Hudler, Giordano, Monahan) haven’t been the best players on the ice for the last three games. All wins. And the longest winning streak of the season! So. very. sad.

On the positive side (yes I can do that as well) Mikael Backlund has been playing really well. Ditto Lance Bouma and Matt Stajan. Also Chicago goalie Antti Raanta had a .733 save percentage, that certainly helped Calgary.

 

Oh no! four more years of Matt Stajan?!?

21 Jan

The bar’s been set, the Flames are paying $3.1M/year for third liners. That’s the kind of money it’s going to take to keep a veteran in the City during a rebuild. Reading into this further, does this mean that everyone (except for Monahan of course) is potential trade bait?

At the beginning of the year you would have never though that names like Glencross and Giordano were candidates for finding rebuilding assets. But with Stajan sticking around for four years, how many veteran leaders do you really need on a team? And wait… when did Stajan become one of those?

If it were up to me, and I just want to assure you that it isn’t, I’d trade Hudler (you’ve got him under a very attractive contract, $4M/year for two more years), Stempniak and Cammalleri right off the bat. Both Stempniak and Cammalleri are UFAs at the end of the year so they’ll be gone one way or the other anyway.

Galiardi and David Jones both should go. Galiardi is an RFA at the end of the year. Jones’ $4M contract is going to make it hard to move him, so that one may be difficult. Who ever decided on $4M for Jones? Holy moly.

Butler, Russell, and Smid are all good as gone. Butler and Russel are UFAs anyway, so we’re losing them at the end of the year (probably).

So what about Ramo and Berra? They’ve shown they can be serviceable backups, but you can always find a goalie when you need one. Right now, we don’t need one. So keep them, trade them, doesn’t matter.

So who do you keep? Obviously Monahan. But I think Backlund has shown that he can be the second-line centre we all hoped he would be.  Wideman isn’t likely going anywhere, and I’m okay with that. Brodie should stay, he’s y0ung and has potential – isn’t that what we’re after?

That leaves captain Giordano. I’d really like to keep him, he’s a great defenceman and has proven to be a great leader as well. So I say keep him, but if the right offer were to come up, then the changing of the guard begins… again.

 

Canucks 3, Flames 2 (SO)

20 Jan

You want truculence?

Two seconds into the game against Vancouver there was a line brawl, resulting in eight game misconducts. In total, eight players were ejected from the game with a total of 152 penalty minutes handed out, to go along with 10 fighting majors. In the first two seconds of the game.

The rough stuff continued all first period, ending with John Tortorella visiting the Flames locker room during the first intermission to apparently punch Bob Harley in the mouth. The league is looking into Torts’ actions today.

It was kind of fun watching the teams play with only four defensemen and three lines each. And it didn’t seem to affect the outcome any. Although I agree with most fans in thinking John Tortorella is an idiot, there is no issue matching tough line against tough line, it happens all the time. Should it make any difference if it’s 2two seconds into the game or two seconds into the enforcer line’s first shift – 5 minutes into the game?

 

Jet 5, Flames 2

20 Jan

The Flames are bad at hockey.

 

Predators 4, Flames 2

15 Jan

This game could have been a lot worse.

The Flames were badly outplayed for most of the game and were lucky to be heading into the third period tied at 1. Kudos to Karri Ramo and Mikael Backlund on getting them their.

Things kinda caught up with them in the third though, when Calgary allowed three more. They did make things interesting with a goal disallowed and their second goal of the game, but interesting isn’t worth any points.

 

Flames 2, Hurricanes 0

14 Jan

So THAT’S what it feels like to be on the losing end of a 2-0 game.

I thought that the Flames played pretty well, especially in the first period. The pessimist in me also feels like the Canes played really poorly, with the exception of a 10-min stretch in the second period. Calgary Flames goal scorers Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan were definitely the best players on the ice.

It was great to see Karri Ramo earn his first NHL shutout though, the Flames had gone without a shutout in their previous 117 games.

 

 

Penguins 2, Flames 1

12 Jan

Well I thought that the Flames came out pretty well in this game, matching Pittsburgh’s speed with some desperate energy of their own. However the Pens aren’t going to lose a game like that to a team like Calgary, and they pretty much showed us who’s the boss in the second and half the third. Calgary did make it interesting though, I was happy to have something to cheer for in the last 10 minutes of a game.

Neither Malkin nor Crosby registered a point, which is quite a feat against that team. However Fleury played really well and the Penguins are deep enough to take out the Flames without too much effort.

 

Blues 5, Flames 0

10 Jan

And the greatness continues…

You know what? The Flames had six power plays in this game and Karri Ramo didn’t play badly. This team just doesn’t have whatever it had when Feaster was still here. Their record is a miserable 3-8-2 under the truculent Brian Burke.

In case anyone is keeping track that’s 11-0 in the last two games. The Flames have been outscored 15-1 in their last 5 home games. They have been shut out 5 times in their last seven games. And the worst thing of all is that the one saving grace — when we used to be able to say ‘well, at least they were in it’ — has disappeared.

 

 

 

Coyotes 6, Flames 0

09 Jan

Well I’ll give the Flames one thing, they sure are efficient.

Somehow they managed to squeeze three 2-0 games into one.

 
 
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