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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.
 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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?

 
 
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