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Vancouver Canucks 4, Calgary Flames 1

18 Apr

The Canucks even up the series at one, and we’re headed back to Calgary.

Vancouver came out flying as wel expected them to, and Calgary didn’t have an answer for it. The top line of Hudler, Monahan and Gaudreau has been uncharacteristically absent. Calgary’s 4th-6th defencemen have looked like AHLers. Hiller was not great, and left with about 5 minutes to go in the game. I didn’t see what happened.

Referees Dan O’Halloran and Brad Meier assessed 132 penalty minutes after all five skaters from each team squared off deep in the Canucks’ end with 1:17 left to play. The penalty total included three game misconducts for Calgary defenseman Deryk Engelland and one each for Vancouver’s Derek Dorsett, Dan Hamhuis and Brad Richardson.

All we could really hope for is that the series would be tied at one after two games. It would have been nice to be up by two, but that’s probably unrealistic. Now the callenge is winning the next game, and then the game after that, so they can clinch at home without going back to Vancouver for a game seven.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself, the important thing is game three.

 

Calgary Flames 2, Vancouver Canucks 1

16 Apr

Down by one, heading into the third period, meant that we had Vancouver right where we wanted.

Calgary came on in the third, after holding on for much of the first and all of the second. David Jones scored with about 10 to tie the game and Kris Russell – who played another phenomenal game – scored with 30 seconds to go to take the first game of the series in Vancouver.

All you could have wanted was for the Flames to get one win in the first two games — mission accomplished. The next game is playing with house money. That said, the Canuckleheads will be desperate and will come out flying at home on Friday.

The best signs for the Flames is that Eddie Lack played well, but not as well as Hiller. And that the top line of Gaudreau, Hudler and Monahan was matched up against the Sedin line – which meant that neither line did any damage. That left the door open for the second lines to show their stuff and the Joe Colborne, Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett line was the best line in the game last night.

Also worth mentioning was that Calgary killed off three consecutive penalties, which was a huge momentum swing for Calgary. That can’t, and shouldn’t, happen again.

Flames take the first game of Round 1 and lead the series 1-0.

 

Round 1 – Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks

15 Apr

It’s been six long years since we’ve gone to the dance and who’s the first available lady we come across? Why… it’s an old ex girlfriend, the one that we used to love to hate, the one we can’t stand to be in the same room with. Well, since Edmonton has spun so sadly down into a shame spiral that is.

How do we match up now against the Canucks? Let’s have a look…

Goaltending. I’ve got to give this one to Vancouver. It’s a straight comparison between Eddie Lack and Jonas Hiller since both Miller and Ramo don’t seem to be coming back anytime soon. Lack has been better since Miller went down, and Hiller always seems to make one mistake per game that leads to a goal. That said, so did Mike Vernon.

Defence. Advantage Vancouver no question. Although Russel and Wideman have been outstanding and Brodie has been worked to death and still held his own, Calgary is just too injured to keep playing at an NHL-level of playoff defence. The loss of Gio will be felt as the round goes on, but so will the loss of guys like Smid and even Diaz. If Engelland is part of your top four, you’re in trouble.

Offence. Advantage here goes to Calgary. The Flames’ top line of Monahan, Hudler and Gaudreau has proabably been the top line in the NHL the past two months. The Sedins aren’t what they once were, although they still make mediocre linemates look better than they are.

Special teams. Vancouver takes this one as well as they have a better power play and better penalty kill. That said, Calgary takes fewer penalties so actually allowed fewer goals while shorthanded. Since penalties are harder to come by in the playoffs we’ll see if that makes any difference.

Coaching. I’m giving the advantage here to Hartley. Not just for the coaching decisions made in-game, but more for the culture that’s been built over the past two years. The Flames believe they can win, and they have, more often than anyone has expected.

Intangibles. As we all know this is what it comes down to in the playoffs. And I’m going to single out one thing that is going to make all the difference, and that’s momentum. If Lack is shakey and Vancouver loses confidence in him, then it’ll be over for the Canucks. Likewise with Hiller. If Calgary can win one of the first two games — and not get blown out in the other — then Calgary will win the series. If Vancouver can get under the skin of Calgary’s top line then the Flames don’t have a chance. The game plan for Vancouver is simple, punish the top line whenever you can. I wouldn’t be surprised to see early runs at Hudler and Gaudreau. the game plan for Calgary is also simple, don’t let Vancouver beat you.

 

Winnipeg Jets 5, Calgary Flames 1

12 Apr

The night where the Flames sat half their team, was the night they had their biggest beat-down of the year. I don’t think anyone cared too much though, the first round against Vancouver was what everyone is talking about.

Calgary sat Russel, Wideman, Brodie, Gaudreau, Hudler, Monahan and Hiller. On a positive note, Sam Bennett played his first NHL game, had an assist 30 seconds into the game.

 

Calgary Flames 3, Los Angeles Kings 1

10 Apr

Playoffs… yeah baby!

The Calgary Flames will compete for the Stanley Cup. The defending Stanley Cup champions won’t.

Calgary will once again face the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs, restoring a rivalry that has gradually faded since 2004. Although it’s unfortunate two Canadian teams will face off against each other, how great is it to have meaningful hockey against the Canuckleheads again?

Juri Hudler scored his 30th and 31st of the season, Johnny Gaudreau scored his 24th, Monahan finishes with 31… how great has that line been? Only 15 players in the NHL hit 30 goals this year, and the Flames have two of them on the same line.

The Flames qualified for the playoffs and in the process, ensured there would be no repeat champion, eliminating the Los Angeles Kings from postseason contention with a 3-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. The victory ensures Calgary (45-29-7), which finished 26th overall a year ago, a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Flames are third in the Pacific Division and will face the second-place Vancouver Canucks, who lead them by two points. Each team has one game remaining.

 

Calgary Flames 3, Arizona Coyotes 2

08 Apr

It doesn’t get much closer than that.

Calgary wins and L.A. loses, setting up the biggest game played at the Saddledome in a long, long time. The Calgary Flames are one step closer to making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six years.

Sean Monahan scored the game-winner midway through the third period and Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Johnny Gaudreau and David Jones also scored for the Flames (44-29-7), who moved two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in the race for third place in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles, which lost 4-2 at the Edmonton Oilers later Tuesday, plays at Calgary on Thursday

 

Calgary Flames 4, Edmonton Oilers 0

05 Apr

Well if the St. Louis Blues game was the one the Flames were expected to lose (Blues 4, Flames 1), then the Oilers game was the one they were supposed to win.

Ramo started the game, but left after one minute because he looked like he pulled something in his leg. Hiller game in and was outstanding for the first period, which the Flames were dominated by the Oil in time of possession.

The second period was more of a Calgary game, and by the third period the Flames had taken over. The top line was the top line, the defence contributed (Wideman had three points) and Hiller got a shutout.

The problem is that both Winnipeg and Los Angeles won as well, so the standings remain the same with just three games to go.

 

 

Calgary Flames 5, Dallas Stars 3 (and Nashville and Minnesota too!)

01 Apr

I haven’t written anything for a few days because I’ve been down in Nashville to watch the Flames beat up on the Predators. It was a good time. The fans were really into it (until Calgary took them out of it), the building is really clean and well-organized plus it’s smack dab in the middle of downtown.

I didn’t get my shirt signed by Bob Hartley though, which was the goal of flying down there to watch a hockey game. Oh well, next time I guess.

Prior to the game the Flames lost to Minnesota, which is the first game I haven’t seen in over a decade but I was in transit and there was no sense watching the game when I was following what was going on so I knew what to expect in the Nashville game.

The Dallas game was interesting in that we did not play that well, yet somehow got the bounces we needed at the right times to help us walk away with an undeserved win. Maybe the hockey gods want us in the playoffs this year?

SportsClubStats has them at 88%, and you know how much I love me stats!

 

Calgary Flames 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

24 Mar

It was one of those games that we all expected the Flames to win. Although it wasn’t pretty, the Avs carried the play for a good chunk of this game as well as hit a few posts and missed a few open nets, Calgary was able to come through on top.

The whole notion of ‘in control of one’s destiny’ when it comes to making the playoffs really comes down to one simple action. You have to beat the teams below you in the standings. That’s it. If you do that you make it. For every team that you lose to that is worse than you, you then have to beat a team that’s better than you.

There are only 9 games remaining. I am still in the camp that the Flames are not going to make the playoffs. Which may sound negative, but I’d rather expect the worst and hope for the best. If Calgary does not make it it’s going to be heartbreaking, even though they had no business being in the position they are in when the season first began.

If the Flames do make it, then look out. It’s going to be a hell of a first round.




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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)

21 Mar

The Flames got Bourque’d.

Former Flames Rene Bourque scored two against his old team, including the winner in OT to steal the extra point in Calgary.

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames (39-27-6), who are two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division. The Kings have one game in hand.

 
 
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