Archive for March, 2014

Ducks 3, Flames 2 (Flames 3, Sharks 2 SO; Flames 8, Oilers 1)

27 Mar

After going down by one, the Flames had a two-goal second period lead by Calgary hands-man Brian McGrattan. However the Big Ern’s performance wasn’t enough as Anaheim scored two in the third to win this one by a single goal. The 44th time Calgary has been on either end of a one-goal-game this year.

Karri Ramo played fantastic against a much different version of the Ducks compared to the last time they were here. It’s too bad Calgary couldn’t have at least got him a point for his efforts.

I also missed the Flames win over the Sharks on Monday, and the debacle up in Edmonton on Saturday. What can I say? I was busy.

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Predators 6, Flames 5

22 Mar

So Shaw Direct was having issues and I missed the first half of the game. When it game back on it was already 4-4. So I caught the last three goals, but I missed the Ortio 4 goals on 13 shots debacle.

Let’s see what the box score tells us. Byron was a +3 even though he had no points. Backlund and Cammalleri continue to roll, with 5 points between the two of them. And the defense was no where to be found, with 11 goals on 51 shots.

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Flames 3, Sabres 1

19 Mar

Well it took a while to get going, as two of the worst teams in the NHL fumbled their way through an AHL-esque first period.

Just when it looked like Buffalo was going to lull the Flames to sleep and a 1-0 loss, Calgary scored late in the second to tie the game. Then they came out much stronger in the third, including a short-handed goal by Byron which brings the Flames to a league-leading 12 in that category.

Who’s to say that if the second disallowed goal by the Sabres would have counted, Calgary would probably have been shut out last night. Three cheers for borderline goalie interference calls!

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Flames 4, Stars 3 (SO)

17 Mar

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Flames managed to come back on goals by Byron and Cammalleri. Then Corban Knight capped the comeback by scoring on his first NHL shootout attempt. He had just scored his first NHL goal a couple nights earlier so why not put him in?

Calgary really has to stop making a habit of giving up two goal leads, lulling the opposition into thinking they can take the night off is not a very sustainable strategy.

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Flames 7, Ducks 2

13 Mar

Can you remember the last time the Flames won a game by five goals? Or a time where they scored seven? Or a time when they had a 5-0 lead? I can, because that was last night.

Here are some interesting facts from last night:

  • Olympian Ryan Getzlaf was -4 on the night
  • The Flames had a 50% shooting percentage for half of the game (5 goals on 10 shots)
  • Only 6 Calgary players did not register a point.
  • Even rookie goalie Joni Ortio got an assist.
  • Losing goaltender Joseph Hiller had a .400 save percentage.
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Canucks 2, Flames 1

10 Mar

I was so excited that I had PVRed the Hockey Night in Canada game on Saturday night and somehow managed to make it until Monday evening without hearing the score. I sat down tonight to watch the game and found out that my Shaw Direct PVR had decided to record the Punjabi audio version instead of the regular CBC version. So that sucked (for me, I’m sure that would have been great if I could understand Punjabi).

Obviously I fast-forwarded through the game, so I could find out who won and at least watch the goals. I saw Brian McGrattan’s goal on Eddie Lack… and that’s funny in any language.

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Flames trade Stempniak and Berra

06 Mar

The Calgary Flames have made a pair of deals on trade deadline day, sending forward Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for a third round pick and goalie Reto Berra to Colorado for a second round pick, both in this upcoming entry draft.

Both deals are great, IMHO. Berra is our backup goalie which we got for nothing. With Ortio coming up Berra has become expendable. Stempniak was an UFA at the end of the year so you either deal him now, or let him walk for nothing at the end of the season.

The biggest news for the Flames on trade day was a non-trade. They did not deal Mike Cammalleri, who is also a pending free agent. Calgary can only hope to resign him to a deal then trade him in the off-season. Which is unlikely, because why wouldn’t Cammy try the free agent market? He will likely get more money and a choice of where he wants to go. I know Burke said that the price was too low and you don’t want a reputation of giving players away, but you’ve got to find a way to get that deal done. He screwed up for not dealing him earlier.

Calgary recalled forwards Corban Knight, Max Reinhart and Ben Hanowski, as well as goalie Joey MacDonald, from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

I think that this just goes to show you that in 2014, Calgary is more Heat than Flames.

In other news, the Flames beat the Senators 4-1. Ortio looked good, Byron, Granlund, Backlund, all looked good. Hudler got hit hard into the boards and didn’t return. Colbourne bent his ankle up going into the boards and also didn’t return. Looks like we’re going to be running with the kids for some time now…

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Flames 2, Oilers 1 (OT)

03 Mar

Exciting first and third, Sean Monahan scored 2 to win the game in OT. That evens up the season series and the bet I have going with an un-named Oiler fan.

The coolest thing that I learned about this game was the Flames rookie scoring comparisons. Phaneuf had 20 goals in his rookie year. Iginla had 21. Sean Monahan has 18, in 53 games. Although it’s a far cry from 50, that’s much better than expectations at the beginning of the year.

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