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Winnipeg Jets 5, Calgary Flames 1

12 Apr

The night where the Flames sat half their team, was the night they had their biggest beat-down of the year. I don’t think anyone cared too much though, the first round against Vancouver was what everyone is talking about.

Calgary sat Russel, Wideman, Brodie, Gaudreau, Hudler, Monahan and Hiller. On a positive note, Sam Bennett played his first NHL game, had an assist 30 seconds into the game.

 

Calgary Flames 3, Los Angeles Kings 1

10 Apr

Playoffs… yeah baby!

The Calgary Flames will compete for the Stanley Cup. The defending Stanley Cup champions won’t.

Calgary will once again face the Vancouver Canucks in the playoffs, restoring a rivalry that has gradually faded since 2004. Although it’s unfortunate two Canadian teams will face off against each other, how great is it to have meaningful hockey against the Canuckleheads again?

Juri Hudler scored his 30th and 31st of the season, Johnny Gaudreau scored his 24th, Monahan finishes with 31… how great has that line been? Only 15 players in the NHL hit 30 goals this year, and the Flames have two of them on the same line.

The Flames qualified for the playoffs and in the process, ensured there would be no repeat champion, eliminating the Los Angeles Kings from postseason contention with a 3-1 win at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. The victory ensures Calgary (45-29-7), which finished 26th overall a year ago, a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Flames are third in the Pacific Division and will face the second-place Vancouver Canucks, who lead them by two points. Each team has one game remaining.

 

Calgary Flames 3, Arizona Coyotes 2

08 Apr

It doesn’t get much closer than that.

Calgary wins and L.A. loses, setting up the biggest game played at the Saddledome in a long, long time. The Calgary Flames are one step closer to making their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in six years.

Sean Monahan scored the game-winner midway through the third period and Jonas Hiller made 22 saves in a 3-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Johnny Gaudreau and David Jones also scored for the Flames (44-29-7), who moved two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings in the race for third place in the Pacific Division. Los Angeles, which lost 4-2 at the Edmonton Oilers later Tuesday, plays at Calgary on Thursday

 

Calgary Flames 4, Edmonton Oilers 0

05 Apr

Well if the St. Louis Blues game was the one the Flames were expected to lose (Blues 4, Flames 1), then the Oilers game was the one they were supposed to win.

Ramo started the game, but left after one minute because he looked like he pulled something in his leg. Hiller game in and was outstanding for the first period, which the Flames were dominated by the Oil in time of possession.

The second period was more of a Calgary game, and by the third period the Flames had taken over. The top line was the top line, the defence contributed (Wideman had three points) and Hiller got a shutout.

The problem is that both Winnipeg and Los Angeles won as well, so the standings remain the same with just three games to go.

 

 

Calgary Flames 5, Dallas Stars 3 (and Nashville and Minnesota too!)

01 Apr

I haven’t written anything for a few days because I’ve been down in Nashville to watch the Flames beat up on the Predators. It was a good time. The fans were really into it (until Calgary took them out of it), the building is really clean and well-organized plus it’s smack dab in the middle of downtown.

I didn’t get my shirt signed by Bob Hartley though, which was the goal of flying down there to watch a hockey game. Oh well, next time I guess.

Prior to the game the Flames lost to Minnesota, which is the first game I haven’t seen in over a decade but I was in transit and there was no sense watching the game when I was following what was going on so I knew what to expect in the Nashville game.

The Dallas game was interesting in that we did not play that well, yet somehow got the bounces we needed at the right times to help us walk away with an undeserved win. Maybe the hockey gods want us in the playoffs this year?

SportsClubStats has them at 88%, and you know how much I love me stats!

 

Calgary Flames 3, Colorado Avalanche 2

24 Mar

It was one of those games that we all expected the Flames to win. Although it wasn’t pretty, the Avs carried the play for a good chunk of this game as well as hit a few posts and missed a few open nets, Calgary was able to come through on top.

The whole notion of ‘in control of one’s destiny’ when it comes to making the playoffs really comes down to one simple action. You have to beat the teams below you in the standings. That’s it. If you do that you make it. For every team that you lose to that is worse than you, you then have to beat a team that’s better than you.

There are only 9 games remaining. I am still in the camp that the Flames are not going to make the playoffs. Which may sound negative, but I’d rather expect the worst and hope for the best. If Calgary does not make it it’s going to be heartbreaking, even though they had no business being in the position they are in when the season first began.

If the Flames do make it, then look out. It’s going to be a hell of a first round.




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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)

21 Mar

The Flames got Bourque’d.

Former Flames Rene Bourque scored two against his old team, including the winner in OT to steal the extra point in Calgary.

Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler scored for the Flames (39-27-6), who are two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for third place in the Pacific Division. The Kings have one game in hand.

 

St. Louis Blues 4, Calgary Flames 0

18 Mar

That wasn’t really close. I guess for half the game it was scoreless, but when the first goal went in, the night went quickly downhill.

That’s two losses in a row, that also drops the Flames out of the playoffs. For now. If L.A. loses tonight Calgary will be back in.

The magic number remains at 12.5.

 

Colorado Avalanche 3, Calgary Flames 2

16 Mar

Down 2-0 heading into the third is not new for this year’s Calgary Flames, and they didn’t disappoint scoring 2 goals that could have tied this game. However Ramo let in what they call an ‘untimely’ goal in the third and the Flames just were not able to come back from that.

The loss moves Calgary back to familiar territory, holding the final playoff spot by a mere two points up on L.A. – who has one game in hand.

Hey, did you catch the Bob Hartley poster from the weekend?

Bob Hartley Barak Obama Poster HOPE

 

Calgary Flames 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

14 Mar

Calgary shows no mercy on the Leafs

It’s not that the Toronto Maple Leafs are bad, but I don’t think I’d be wrong in better the Flames would have still won that game even if the whole game was played on the penalty kill. Or that the score was actually flattering of the Leafs.

Calgary jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Then the Leafs had a power play and goal to cut that first-period lead in half. Soon afterwards Lance Bouma was called for kneeing, a 5-minute penalty and a game misconduct. On the resulting power play for the Leafs, Calgary scored two short-handed goals and it was 4-1 after 20 minutes. Awesome.

And that was pretty much it. Calgary went into conserve a lead mode, scoring two more which matched the two the Leafs got. They didn’t stop playing as they’ve seen their opponents do time and time again, but rather they managed the game really well. Kudos to Bob and the coaching staff.

Bob Hartley for the Jack Adams trophy – Coach of the year

This was probably the most fun game to watch this season, mainly because there was no stress involved. The comeback games are fun to watch, but only if they come back and only when the game is over. Otherwise it’s gut-wrenching.

This was one of those games that Calgary was expected to win, which are usually the dangerous type. But there is something about the disipline this year that they continued to put their heads down and play the way they would of against any other opponent, at home or on the road.

Is it too early to say, Harley for the Jack Adams trophy?

Bob Hartley Barak Obama Poster HOPE

 
 
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