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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.


Wild, Blues, Avs 1 – Flames 0

10 Nov

So I’ve been away for a little while, and the Flames managed to lose three in a row while I was gone. From what I heard the Blues and Avalanche games were entertaining, while the Minnesota game was not.

Also the Flames traded for under-performing deferenceman Ladislav Smid. Since all they gave up was performing-as-expected bubble NHLer Roman Horak, I guess that counts as a win. Plus Smid is -45 over his career so that’s going to help us get scored on.

The race to last place is on Edmonton!


Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

04 Nov

Yes, yes we have (see the last of Joey Mac)

I had to watch two games last night because I was behind with the old PVR, so I didn’t get to fully appreciate this one. But I did see enough to see that Berra had a heck of a game, that Glencross isn’t as bad this year as I thought, and the Flames actually won a game in OT (and in the United Center to boot!).

From someone else… Reto Berra felt the nerves building prior to his NHL debut Sunday night against the defending Stanley Cup champions at United Center.

The 26-year old rookie goaltender had just been called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to join the Calgary Flames and coach Bob Hartley decided to toss the talented 6-foot-4 rookie straight into the fire against the Chicago Blackhawks.

After calling Berra a “thoroughbred” following the Flames’ morning skate, Hartley looked pretty smart. Berra made 42 saves and earned his first win when Kris Russell scored 1:32 into overtime in a 3-2 victory.

“Honestly I had a lot of thoughts,” Berra said, while wearing the Flames’ fire helmet given out to each game’s hardest worker. “Everything went through my mind. Right after lunch I always sleep, but today I couldn’t sleep. I was really nervous. But right before the game, when I was just sitting in here, I just thought, ‘Go out and play your game and have fun. You have nothing to lose.’ I put the excitement and nerves into a positive energy.”

It was a force that was bolstered even more by the traditional singing of the Canadian and U.S. anthems. Berra said he was forewarned about how stirring the American version is in Chicago, but still wasn’t quite prepared.

“Crazy … awesome,” he said, when asked to describe his emotions standing in front of the Flames’ net. “I almost cried and, like, my hair stand up. The guys, they told me a little bit what to expect, but when you’re out there as a goalie, on the ice, it is really, like, unbelievable.”



Wings 4, Flames 3

04 Nov

At least the Flames made a game out of it. But… have we seen the last of Joey MacDonald?


Maple Leafs 4, Flames 2

31 Oct

The Flames played a pretty good game. They had 35 shots (20  in the second period alone), they carried the play, dictated the pace, and had a few standout performances from guys like Russel, Colborne, Stajan and Brodie. However Bernier what the first star of the game and held Toronto in the game for 55 minutes. Kari Rammo? Well, he let in a couple softies and gave the win to Toronto and the hoards of fair-weather Leaf fans at the game.

“I felt that we had a good game,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “We are not very pleased with the result, but I don’t know what we could have done more. Offensively we generated a lot. Our forechecking was good. Our puck decisions in the offensive zone were very good, but Bernier basically stole the game away from us.”

Interestingly enough, Mikael Backlund was a healthy scratch.


Flames 5, Capitals 2

27 Oct

The Flames must have been happy to be home, they came out flying in the first period with 17 shots and three goals. They chased Brendan Holtby after 15 minutes.

The second period slowed down quiet a bit, and this game was awfully reminiscent of the season open in Washington when Calgary blew a three goal lead to let the Caps back in the game.

However the third period was all Flames, and they were able to do what they couldn’t do earlier this year – hold on to a lead. With the exception of Derek Smith (who looked really slow) Calgary played a good team game against some pretty talented individuals. And teams beat individuals every time.

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