The Flames are bad at hockey.
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.
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.
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.
And the greatness continues…
You know what? The Flames had six power plays in this game and Karri Ramo didn’t play badly. This team just doesn’t have whatever it had when Feaster was still here. Their record is a miserable 3-8-2 under the truculent Brian Burke.
In case anyone is keeping track that’s 11-0 in the last two games. The Flames have been outscored 15-1 in their last 5 home games. They have been shut out 5 times in their last seven games. And the worst thing of all is that the one saving grace — when we used to be able to say ‘well, at least they were in it’ — has disappeared.
Well I’ll give the Flames one thing, they sure are efficient.
Somehow they managed to squeeze three 2-0 games into one.
That was an exciting game to watch, if you’re a Flames fan. If your an Avs fan that had to hurt. A bad penalty, shaking goaltending, and a few really unlucky bounces spelled the demise of Colorado. Because make no mistake, the Avalanche were by far the better team on this night.
I know I’ve been a bit behind, but the holidays kinda take the rhythm out of you.
Luckily for me the Flames have played the same game four games in a row so I don’t have much to write about. One goal in four games? Ten against? The signing of Brian McGrattan clone Kevin Westgarth? Just one point ahead of craptastic Edmonton (although four games in hand)?
At least it gets <sarcasm> way easier </sarcasm> with the next four games against the Avalanche, Coyotes, Blues and Penguins. Cripes.
Yeah I’m a bit behind, I’ve been away over the holidays.
Luckily for me the Flames lost two games in a row by the exact same score so I can do this at once.
The Edmonton game was a little low, the Flames had a goal taken away that should have counted.
The Vancouver game, Calgary really had no business being in that one. Berra held them in to at least make it respectable.
Greg Nemisz was also traded to Carolina for a guy I know very little about, Kevin Westgarth
The Pens were up by three late in the second period, and the Flames made it interesting by pulling to within one with nearly a full period left to tie the game. That wasn’t meant to be though, and Calgary ends up losing another one-goal game and dropping to one game under .500 on this five-game road trip.
Curtis Glencross left early in the first period, injuring his left knee after an awkward fall into the boards. Glencross, who needed assistance to the dressing room, remained on the ice until the whistle, but couldn’t put weight on his leg. Flames defenceman Kris Russell, playing in his 400th career game, also left in the third period with a leg injury.
The Flames have lost four straight and six of their last nine. However they are still seven points up on the hapless Edmonton Oilers.