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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?

 

Jet 5, Flames 2

20 Jan

The Flames are bad at hockey.

 

Predators 4, Flames 2

15 Jan

This game could have been a lot worse.

The Flames were badly outplayed for most of the game and were lucky to be heading into the third period tied at 1. Kudos to Karri Ramo and Mikael Backlund on getting them their.

Things kinda caught up with them in the third though, when Calgary allowed three more. They did make things interesting with a goal disallowed and their second goal of the game, but interesting isn’t worth any points.

 

Flames 2, Hurricanes 0

14 Jan

So THAT’S what it feels like to be on the losing end of a 2-0 game.

I thought that the Flames played pretty well, especially in the first period. The pessimist in me also feels like the Canes played really poorly, with the exception of a 10-min stretch in the second period. Calgary Flames goal scorers Mikael Backlund and Sean Monahan were definitely the best players on the ice.

It was great to see Karri Ramo earn his first NHL shutout though, the Flames had gone without a shutout in their previous 117 games.

 

 

Penguins 2, Flames 1

12 Jan

Well I thought that the Flames came out pretty well in this game, matching Pittsburgh’s speed with some desperate energy of their own. However the Pens aren’t going to lose a game like that to a team like Calgary, and they pretty much showed us who’s the boss in the second and half the third. Calgary did make it interesting though, I was happy to have something to cheer for in the last 10 minutes of a game.

Neither Malkin nor Crosby registered a point, which is quite a feat against that team. However Fleury played really well and the Penguins are deep enough to take out the Flames without too much effort.

 
 
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