Calgary Flames 4, Boston Bruins 3 (SO)

06 Mar

Wow, what a game that was.

For the second time in a row, the Flames needed extra time (plus 8 shooters) to get an important two points against an Eastern opponent. Ramo was lights-out, again, to keep Calgary close and eventually take this game to extra time – where the Flames have been so good.

Defenseman David Schlemko capped his Calgary Flames debut by scoring in the eighth round of the shootout to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at TD Garden on Thursday.

Calgary remains tied with L.A. for the final playoff spot in the West.


Calgary Flames 3, Philadelphia Flyers 2 (OT)

06 Mar

Calgary blew a two-goal third period lead, but still came away with an important two points in Philly.

Johnny Gaudreau returned home for the first time in his NHL career and helped set up the winning goal in the Calgary Flames‘ 3-2 overtime victory against thePhiladelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.


Sven Baertschi, Curtis Glencross gone; Calgary Flames on trade deadline day

02 Mar

The Calgary Flames have traded Sven Baertschi to the Vancouver Canucks for a second round pick. Trading a young first rounder for a younger second rounder doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Clearly the Flames know something I don’t. Now with three picks in the second round of the upcoming draft, maybe they are planning a package for a first rounder this summer?

Curtis Glencross is no longer a Flame, as expected. What we did not expect was to get a second and third round pick from the Washington Capitals for him. Remember last year when Mike Cammalleri was not moved by the Flames because they could only get a second-round pick for the perennial 30-goal scorer?

I’m quite happy with the deal since Curtis was only going to be a Flame for the remaining 20 games. As a fourth-line guy he wasn’t contributing much more than 6 minutes a night before the last week of the Glenncross/Ramo showcase showdown.

So what needs to happen today – trade deadline day? Well Calgary still needs to move Karri Ramo, and he’s done well to up his stock in the last few games. They could also move Dennis Wideman as his stock is as high as it’s ever going to get. I’d love to see Matt Stajan moved, but I’m doubtful anyone will take on that contract for a fourth-line centre. Maybe someone would take Brandon Bollig? He seemed to help Chicago during their runs.

Calgary also needs defencemen, now that (it’s likely) Mark Girodano will miss the remainder of the season. That means that if the Flames do move a defenceman, it would be Deryk Engelland – if there are any takers – and then they would have to get another D-man to replace him. That seems to hint that Wideman will remain a Flame after today. The Flames claimed defenceman David Schlemko off of waivers from the Dallas stars yesterday, but that won’t be much help. There is a reason why he was on waivers. SB Nation describes Schlemko as a defensive liability – not what you want to see on a defenceman’s resume.

Hey… Dion Phaneuf is available!?!? He could even be captain!


New York Islanders 2, Calgary Flames 1

28 Feb

Karri Ramo was once again excellent but the Flames just couldn’t score. Calgary was clearly outplayed in this game, they got a lot of breaks and second-chances, so the hockey gods awarded the win to the Islanders as they should.

Life without Mark Girodano was a lot like the previous couple games with him, they still can’t score. Gio took the pregame skate though, so hopefully he’s back soon.


New York Rangers 1, Calgary Flames 0

25 Feb

I don’t think Karri Ramo could have done any more to help the Flames win. The save he made in the first period on the Rangers’ power play was probably the save of the year.

However good goaltending wasn’t enough. A couple missed calls (on Emile Poirier and Kris Russell) and a huge miss by Glencross in the final minute ensured that the Flames were coming away empty-handed.

What’s worse is that Vancouver and Winnepeg both won. So Calgary, Minnesota and San Jose are all fighting for the last spot and just one point separates the three.

This road trip will make or break the Flames. Or as John Shannon put it “the success Calgary has on this trip may not get them into the playoffs, but it may certainly take them out of the running.”


Anaheim Ducks 6, Calgary Flames 3

20 Feb

Well it was all going well until the third period. The Ducks scored 5 unanswered goals to take over the game in the third, Hiller allowed a couple real softies and Calgary lost for the first time this year when leading after two.

It was bound to happen eventually I guess.



Minnesota Wild 3, Calgary Flames 2 (OT)

19 Feb

Calgary got down by 2 in the first, as per usual. They did manage to tie the game up in the third (also per usual) however on this night they were unable to win the game in OT.

The single point for the Flames moves them one point up on Vancouver, although the Canucks have two games in hand. Calgary is also two points up on both Los Angeles and San Jose, now that L.A. has won six in a row and the Sharks have lost two in a row. Minnesota is also now just a single point out of the race.

It looks like this, five teams separated by three points – fighting for three playoff spots.

Even more interesting than the game, is that Curtis Glenncross has submitted a list of teams that he’d like to be traded to. Not surprising, since he hasn’t been having the best year, and he’s older, and he’s a UFA at the end of the season. If the Flames don’t move him I’ll be shocked.


Calgary Flames 4, Boston Bruins 3 (OT)

18 Feb

Well they did it again. Just when you thought they were down and out the Flames came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Boston with 2 seconds to go in overtime.

Calgary is 3 points up on L.A. – who has a game in hand – for the final wildcard spot. That said, there are three teams within one point of each other so L.A. is basically chasing three teams. According to SportsClubStats, the odds of Calgary making the playoffs still sits at 84%, but the game against Minnesota has pretty big implications on those numbers.

Interestingly, if the Flames play .500 hockey from here on out they will not make the playoffs. They will finish at 92 points which is good for 9th. They need at least one more point, as 93 seems to be the magic number. Only 25 more games to go!

Jiri Hudler scored twice to help erase a three-goal deficit and TJ Brodie completed the rally with the winner at 4:58 of overtime to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 at Scotiabank Saddledome. David Jones also scored for the Flames (32-22-3), who have an NHL-leading 10 wins this season when trailing after 40 minutes. Calgary has scored 72 third-period goals, shared with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the most in the League this season. The Flames have allowed the fewest at 38.


Calgary Flames 3, Vancouver Canucks 2

15 Feb

Big win to keep pace with the Jets, Sharks and Wild and, of course, the Canucks.

Sean Monahan scored twice in a five-minute span in the second period and Karri Ramo made 28 saves to give the Flames a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.


Calgary Flames 4, San Jose Sharks 1

10 Feb

For the second time in three games, the Flames beat division rival San Jose.

Mason Raymond, Lance Bouma, Jiri Hudler and David Jones each scored, and Jonas Hiller made 33 saves to help the Flames move into second place in the Pacific Division with a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center.

The win moves Calgary into 2nd in the Pacific and gives them a 5 point cushion on 9th place Minnesota. If you haven’t checked out you should, it gives you the actual odds of your club making the playoffs. Calgary is now at 84.8%

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