Calgary Flames 4, San Jose Sharks 2
Calgary looked really good against an excellent road team at the Saddledome on Tuesday night. Mikael Backlund had a goal and an assist, and Karri Ramo made 31 saves to help the Flames to a 4-2 victory against the San Jose Sharks. This was the first time this season that Calgary has won three games in a row.
Also of note was that the Flames finally scored a powerplay goal. It must be said though, that Calgary had 8 powerplays on the night. Even thought the last two were meaningless, scoring once in eight chances is still a very cruddy powerplay.
Wait a second, are we really in last place?
Yup, if you were watching the game last night you heard Rick and Kelly mention that at game time, Calgary was in 30th place in the NHL. Behind Edmonton, behind Toronto, behind Columbus, behind Buffalo. So even though they’ve been playing better of late, they are still in last. Ouch.
With the win, Calgary is still in last, but tied with three other teams with 24 points. And because the Pacific division is so bad this year (except for L.A.) the Flames are really only 4 points out of a playoff spot. I know it’s too early to talk that way, but if you can beat San Jose, Vancouver, Arizona, Anaheim and Edmonton – you’re in the playoffs. No matter how good the rest of the league is.