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Kings 2, Flames 0

28 Feb

On a night the Flames got a glimpse of their potential future with goalie Joni Ortio and forward Markus Granlund playing their first big-league games, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was the offensive catalyst and goalie Jonathan Quick was perfect in Thursday’s 2-0 affair.

“We just couldn’t score,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said. “Quick was real good. A couple of powerplay chances, he came out and made some huge saves.

“I’m very happy with both guys,” Hartley said. “Joni, even before the game, I watched him pretty closely — and he was solid. This morning, he didn’t show any nervousness. Before the game, I was anxious to see how he would get on the ice, and he was ready for that start. Whenever you don’t give any goals to a goalie, it’s pretty tough for him to win a game, but Joni played good.

“And Granlund made some great plays. He didn’t seem out of place at all. For his first game, I liked his game also.”

 

Flyers 2, Flames 1

10 Feb

This game was a lot less close than the score would have you believe.  It was less close than the shot totals would have you believe. This is one of those games you had to see to know that Calgary just wasn’t really in this one. They had 33 shots, but most of them were wrist-shots from the point (Regehr would be proud). Reto Berra played just well enough to lose, letting in 2 goals on 23 shots.

Now the Flames have a three week break while the good hockey players go play in Sochi. Except for Berra and Smid, who will be representing their countries.

In real news, The Flames announced Saturday that they have signed defenseman Kris Russell to a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $2.6 million per season. I think that this isn’t a bad deal at all. Russell has been pretty good, he’s still young at 26, and even though he’s had a couple injuries this year, is still having his best — statistically speaking — of his career. He has 4 goals and 16 assists in 44 games.

Go Canada Go!

Go Canada Go!

 

Flames 4, Islanders 2

07 Feb

This was a game Calgary had no business winning. New York clearly outplayed the entire team with the exception of one guy – Reto Barra. I’ve been harsh on Berra before, like Vernon he always seems to let in a real softie when you need him to just stay in position, but last night’s win was all because of him.

Well Backlund didn’t play too shabby either. Mikael Backlund added an empty-netter for another two-point effort — his fifth in a six-game span. We found out today that Mikael will not replace one of the Sedin sisters on the Swedish Olympic team.  That was just a Swedish reporters ‘what if’ scenario. The Swedes officially named Marcus Johansson of the Washington Capitals as Sedin’s fill-in at the five-ring circus.

 

Flames 4, Wild 3 (OT)

02 Feb

For two periods the Flames outplayed the Wild, then were very quickly reminded that you cannot play 40 mins of a game and expect to win. Blowing a 2-goal lead in the third period, Calgary managed to hang on to get the game to overtime where the hottest Flame of late – Mikael Backlund (yes that’s correct) – knocked a Sean Monahan shot out of the air for the win.

The second story of the night was that Karri Ramo left the game in the first period, apparently injured on this harmless play?

The third story of the night was that the Flames have now won 5 games in a row, their longest streak in over two years and the longest currently active in the NHL.

Mark Giordano has a 9-game point streak going, the longest point streak by a Flames defenseman in 20 years.

Kris Russell was hurt in the warm-up and did not play.

Wow, lots happened Saturday night.

 
 
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