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Flames 3, Sabres 1

19 Mar

Well it took a while to get going, as two of the worst teams in the NHL fumbled their way through an AHL-esque first period.

Just when it looked like Buffalo was going to lull the Flames to sleep and a 1-0 loss, Calgary scored late in the second to tie the game. Then they came out much stronger in the third, including a short-handed goal by Byron which brings the Flames to a league-leading 12 in that category.

Who’s to say that if the second disallowed goal by the Sabres would have counted, Calgary would probably have been shut out last night. Three cheers for borderline goalie interference calls!

 

Flames 4, Stars 3 (SO)

17 Mar

Down 3-1 in the third period, the Flames managed to come back on goals by Byron and Cammalleri. Then Corban Knight capped the comeback by scoring on his first NHL shootout attempt. He had just scored his first NHL goal a couple nights earlier so why not put him in?

Calgary really has to stop making a habit of giving up two goal leads, lulling the opposition into thinking they can take the night off is not a very sustainable strategy.

 

Flames 7, Ducks 2

13 Mar

Can you remember the last time the Flames won a game by five goals? Or a time where they scored seven? Or a time when they had a 5-0 lead? I can, because that was last night.

Here are some interesting facts from last night:

  • Olympian Ryan Getzlaf was -4 on the night
  • The Flames had a 50% shooting percentage for half of the game (5 goals on 10 shots)
  • Only 6 Calgary players did not register a point.
  • Even rookie goalie Joni Ortio got an assist.
  • Losing goaltender Joseph Hiller had a .400 save percentage.
 

Canucks 2, Flames 1

10 Mar

I was so excited that I had PVRed the Hockey Night in Canada game on Saturday night and somehow managed to make it until Monday evening without hearing the score. I sat down tonight to watch the game and found out that my Shaw Direct PVR had decided to record the Punjabi audio version instead of the regular CBC version. So that sucked (for me, I’m sure that would have been great if I could understand Punjabi).

Obviously I fast-forwarded through the game, so I could find out who won and at least watch the goals. I saw Brian McGrattan’s goal on Eddie Lack… and that’s funny in any language.

 

Flames trade Stempniak and Berra

06 Mar

The Calgary Flames have made a pair of deals on trade deadline day, sending forward Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for a third round pick and goalie Reto Berra to Colorado for a second round pick, both in this upcoming entry draft.

Both deals are great, IMHO. Berra is our backup goalie which we got for nothing. With Ortio coming up Berra has become expendable. Stempniak was an UFA at the end of the year so you either deal him now, or let him walk for nothing at the end of the season.

The biggest news for the Flames on trade day was a non-trade. They did not deal Mike Cammalleri, who is also a pending free agent. Calgary can only hope to resign him to a deal then trade him in the off-season. Which is unlikely, because why wouldn’t Cammy try the free agent market? He will likely get more money and a choice of where he wants to go. I know Burke said that the price was too low and you don’t want a reputation of giving players away, but you’ve got to find a way to get that deal done. He screwed up for not dealing him earlier.

Calgary recalled forwards Corban Knight, Max Reinhart and Ben Hanowski, as well as goalie Joey MacDonald, from the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League.

I think that this just goes to show you that in 2014, Calgary is more Heat than Flames.

In other news, the Flames beat the Senators 4-1. Ortio looked good, Byron, Granlund, Backlund, all looked good. Hudler got hit hard into the boards and didn’t return. Colbourne bent his ankle up going into the boards and also didn’t return. Looks like we’re going to be running with the kids for some time now…

 

Flames 2, Oilers 1 (OT)

03 Mar

Exciting first and third, Sean Monahan scored 2 to win the game in OT. That evens up the season series and the bet I have going with an un-named Oiler fan.

The coolest thing that I learned about this game was the Flames rookie scoring comparisons. Phaneuf had 20 goals in his rookie year. Iginla had 21. Sean Monahan has 18, in 53 games. Although it’s a far cry from 50, that’s much better than expectations at the beginning of the year.

 

Kings 2, Flames 0

28 Feb

On a night the Flames got a glimpse of their potential future with goalie Joni Ortio and forward Markus Granlund playing their first big-league games, Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown was the offensive catalyst and goalie Jonathan Quick was perfect in Thursday’s 2-0 affair.

“We just couldn’t score,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said. “Quick was real good. A couple of powerplay chances, he came out and made some huge saves.

“I’m very happy with both guys,” Hartley said. “Joni, even before the game, I watched him pretty closely — and he was solid. This morning, he didn’t show any nervousness. Before the game, I was anxious to see how he would get on the ice, and he was ready for that start. Whenever you don’t give any goals to a goalie, it’s pretty tough for him to win a game, but Joni played good.

“And Granlund made some great plays. He didn’t seem out of place at all. For his first game, I liked his game also.”

 

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.

 
 
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