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Flames 2, Oilers 1 (OT)

10 Dec

Calgary came within 10.1 seconds of winning in regulation, but Taylor Hall scored with 10 seconds left to deny goaltender Reto Berra his first NHL shutout.

Jiri Hudler, who had been up all night with the flu, beat Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk in overtime to give the Flames the well-deserved win.

That said, the Oilers certainly had their chances. For the most part you could tell that the Flames were a sick and tired team willing their way through the third period. It was really defeating to watch Hall take Calgary’s first shutout of the year away so close to the end of the game.

I thought that Butler played badly. He had some horrible giveaways in his own end, including the one at the end of the game that tied it up.

Next up? Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins.


Flames 4, Coyotes 1

05 Dec

The Flames were badly outplayed for most of the first period, being outshot 11-3. Luckily they were able to stay within one, and a goal by Brodie with just 8 seconds left in the first was huge in terms of the game’s momentum.

After that goal you could tell that Phoenix was a team playing in the second half of back-to-back road games. Calgary turned it on in the second and third — although the shots didn’t really reflect the play — and were able to get some fortunate bounces and plenty of odd-man rushes. Especially in the final frame and while shorthanded.

With the Stempniak short-handed goal, the Flames are now leading the league in that category with 6. Remember during the shortened season when they didn’t score a shorthanded goal until the very end of the year? I think they were the last team to do so? Well… now the Hartley PK machine is rollin’!

Last night’s game also featured the return of captain Mark Giordano, who didn’t miss a step with a few blocked shots as well as a goal and an assist.


Flames 2, Kings 1

01 Dec

Even though I’m all about the losses this year, the game against LA was a great win. After being thoroughly beat in front of their fathers in Anaheim, Calgary held their own against a big and talented Kings club.

The highlight of the game was in the middle of a 5-minute major penalty kill, when Blair Jones and Paul Byron connected on a shorthanded goal that looked like it might hold up as the only goal of the game. Check it out, it’s awesome.

After the Kings came back to tie it in the third, the Flames really played their best. On the last shift of the game Michael Cammalleri out-deked half of Los Angeles and managed to score the winner with just 18 seconds to go. Great win Calgary.


Ducks 5, Flames 2

29 Nov

Here is a list of Flames that I would like to get rid of:

  • Mikael Backlund
  • Paul Byron
  • Mike Cammalleri
  • Joe Colborne
  • Matt Stajan
  • Chris Butler
  • Derek Smith

Here are the Flames I haven’t quite given up on yet:

  • Sven Baertschi
  • TJ Galiardi
  • Curtis Glencross
  • Blair Jones
  • David Jones
  • Brian McGrattan
  • Max Reinhart
  • Lee Stempniak
  • Shane O’Brien
  • Kris Russell
  • Ladislav Smid
  • Reto Berra
  • Karri Ramo

And here are the Flames I’d keep:

  • Jiri Hudler
  • Sean Monahan
  • Lance Bouma
  • TJ Brodie
  • Mark Giordano
  • Dennis Wideman

And that’s all I have to say about that.


Blackhawks 3, Flames 2

28 Nov

This game was perfect, just the way I want games to go this year. The Flames were ahead most of the game, first by one, then two to nothing. They were being outplayed but were blocking shots and Berra was fantastic, flopping everywhere. Then the Hawks scored a couple goals quickly (like a band-aid it’s less painful that way) and then potted the winner with 18 seconds to go.

So it had everything you would want… great goaltending, Calgary was competitive (even though they had no business being so) and they didn’t even get a single point. Hopefully Edmonton can win a couple now so Calgary can move closer to 30th.


Flames 3, Panthers 2 (SO)

23 Nov

The Flames just haven’t been looking really sharp the past while, I think the romance of the first 10 games has passed and now we’re getting a glimpse into what this team is really like.

Calgary managed to blow a two-goal third period lead, but did still walk away with two points after a 6-round shootout. Who knew that Stempniak has a shootout shooting percentage of over 50%? Why isn’t he shooting more often? Of course Monahan’s is 100%, but he’s only taken two shots.

The positive in this game was that Blair Jones looked good (and scored) and Sven Baertschi finally scored a goal. So let’s remember that part.


Blue Jackets 2, Flames 1 (OT)

21 Nov

Reto Berra continues to look good (I think anyway) and the Flames still can’t find a way to get shots on net. Luckily Columbus was tired enough that Calgary managed 9 shots in the third and was able to score a goal to get it to overtime. Everything fell apart then in the matter of 3 seconds and a potential win became one loser point.

The highlight of the night was definitely this save, this has got to be the save of the year.

Tim Jackman was traded today to Anaheim for a 6th round draft pick. I understand that the Flames needed to get rid of him at the end of the year, but a 6th round pick? Isn’t that the same as nothing? I always liked Jackman, it’s sad to see him go… one of the old guard I guess.


Flames 5, Jets 4 (SO)

19 Nov

This was a fun game to watch with a lot of in-game story lines.

Reto Berra stood on his head (actually flopped around a lot) to keep the game tied at zeros through the first period. As any Flames fan will know, the first is when we like to spot our opponents a two-goal lead. Berra stopped 43 of 47 Winnipeg shots over the course of the night.

There were goals, eight of them, through regulation. The Flames had (read: blew) leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3. The Jets scored with just 5 seconds left in the game to send the game to OT.

The game went to the eighth round of the shootout, and my PVR recorded just until the end of the overtime. So I missed it. But I heard Sean Monahan scored the winner, nice.

And finally Calgary snaps a six-game losing streak. As far as efforts to make it to the bottom of the league, the past two weeks have been admirable.

Next up? The powerhouse that is the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Oilers 4, Flames 2

17 Nov

The Flames were up by two and really outplayed the Oil in the first 20 minutes of this one. Edmonton had a good stretch in the second, but Calgary came on again in the third to try to put it away. They ended up losing 4-2 though.

I know what you’re all thinking…

  • Can you believe that the Flames had a two goal lead?
  • Did Smid come to play?
  • Did anyone tell them to change out of the WalMart pajamas before game time?

The answer to all of those, is ‘of course i/he/they did, but I’m/he’s/we’re used to disappointment.’


Stars 7, Flames 3

15 Nov

Well that was rather embarrassing.

Jamie Benn had six points, four of them assists on goals by linemate Tyler Seguin, in a 7-3 rout of the Calgary Flames.

The Flames (6-10-3) have dropped five straight, including three in a row at Scotiabank Saddledome.

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