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Penguins 4, Flames 3

22 Dec

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.

 

Bruins 2, Flames 0

18 Dec

The Flames finally got shut out this season!

So Bouma takes a high sticking penalty and on the ensuing power play Iginla sets up Chara and it’s 1-0.

Then, Bouma takes a high sticking penalty and on the ensuing power play Iginla sets up Chara and it’s 2-0.

I don’t blame Bouma though, I thought he was one of the best Flames on the ice last night. Along with McGrattan and (shutter) Stajan. What’s that tell you about this team?

 

Rangers 4, Flames 3 (SO)

16 Dec

It took seven rounds of the shootout for New York to win this one. I thought that for the second game in back-to-back nights, Calgary did alright. It was good to see both Curtis Glencross and Sean Monahan score, but great to see Mikael Backlund get one. He’s been playing much better the past couple weeks and has now put together a three game point streak.

David JonesTJ Galiardi and Christopher Breen were all scratched on Sunday.

 

Flames 2, Hurricanes 1 (OT) – Feaster fired

14 Dec

Not the most exciting of games, I think I fell asleep and missed the first two minutes of overtime. The best part about this game was Brian McGrattan’s first goal of the year.

More importantly was that GM Jay Feaster was fired by I’m-not-here-to-be-the-GM Brian Burke. I was surprised by the timing, but then I thought that if Brian was here to help orchestrate a rebuild then perhaps this is a plan he’s been working on for months and this just happened to be when he finished it. And why should the executive staff be exempt in a rebuild? They are the ones that put the organization in a position to require one!

Sven Baertschi was also assigned to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat on Friday. You’ve got to think that this is a test to see how he reacts. If he goes down and works hard then he’ll be back up shortly. If he doesn’t work on “the whole 200 feet of the ice” then he’ll still come up, but just long enough to showcase him for a trade. This guy was supposed to be the face of the franchise just one year ago. If they trade him for nothing it will be a monumental failure. Which is what they are heading towards by sending him down. Bad move. We all know his days are numbered, so why not get him as much exposure as possible? He should be on the top line!

Next up is Buffalo, which if there was ever a game to throw this would be the one.

 

Bruins 2, Flames 1

11 Dec

This is getting to be a little repetitive. The Flames score first, they have a lead for most of the game. They then blow that lead in the third period. Just the way I like it. Stay in the game for as long as possible, then lose at the end to take a loss in the standings.

Edmonton has actually been on a bit of a roll as of late, and now they are only one point back of Calgary. Calgary is also only one point up on Florida, and just two points up on the Islanders. However pitiful Buffalo is an amazing 10 points back. Wow, that is really quite awful.

Yes, it was Jarome Iginla night. I wasn’t there, and I didn’t realize that I wanted to be there until I saw the opening ceremony.

“It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I’ve had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.” — Jarome Iginla

C’est la vie.

 

Flames 2, Oilers 1 (OT)

10 Dec

Calgary came within 10.1 seconds of winning in regulation, but Taylor Hall scored with 10 seconds left to deny goaltender Reto Berra his first NHL shutout.

Jiri Hudler, who had been up all night with the flu, beat Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk in overtime to give the Flames the well-deserved win.

That said, the Oilers certainly had their chances. For the most part you could tell that the Flames were a sick and tired team willing their way through the third period. It was really defeating to watch Hall take Calgary’s first shutout of the year away so close to the end of the game.

I thought that Butler played badly. He had some horrible giveaways in his own end, including the one at the end of the game that tied it up.

Next up? Jarome Iginla and the Boston Bruins.

 

Flames 4, Coyotes 1

05 Dec

The Flames were badly outplayed for most of the first period, being outshot 11-3. Luckily they were able to stay within one, and a goal by Brodie with just 8 seconds left in the first was huge in terms of the game’s momentum.

After that goal you could tell that Phoenix was a team playing in the second half of back-to-back road games. Calgary turned it on in the second and third — although the shots didn’t really reflect the play — and were able to get some fortunate bounces and plenty of odd-man rushes. Especially in the final frame and while shorthanded.

With the Stempniak short-handed goal, the Flames are now leading the league in that category with 6. Remember during the shortened season when they didn’t score a shorthanded goal until the very end of the year? I think they were the last team to do so? Well… now the Hartley PK machine is rollin’!

Last night’s game also featured the return of captain Mark Giordano, who didn’t miss a step with a few blocked shots as well as a goal and an assist.

 

Flames 2, Kings 1

01 Dec

Even though I’m all about the losses this year, the game against LA was a great win. After being thoroughly beat in front of their fathers in Anaheim, Calgary held their own against a big and talented Kings club.

The highlight of the game was in the middle of a 5-minute major penalty kill, when Blair Jones and Paul Byron connected on a shorthanded goal that looked like it might hold up as the only goal of the game. Check it out, it’s awesome.

After the Kings came back to tie it in the third, the Flames really played their best. On the last shift of the game Michael Cammalleri out-deked half of Los Angeles and managed to score the winner with just 18 seconds to go. Great win Calgary.

 

Ducks 5, Flames 2

29 Nov

Here is a list of Flames that I would like to get rid of:

  • Mikael Backlund
  • Paul Byron
  • Mike Cammalleri
  • Joe Colborne
  • Matt Stajan
  • Chris Butler
  • Derek Smith

Here are the Flames I haven’t quite given up on yet:

  • Sven Baertschi
  • TJ Galiardi
  • Curtis Glencross
  • Blair Jones
  • David Jones
  • Brian McGrattan
  • Max Reinhart
  • Lee Stempniak
  • Shane O’Brien
  • Kris Russell
  • Ladislav Smid
  • Reto Berra
  • Karri Ramo

And here are the Flames I’d keep:

  • Jiri Hudler
  • Sean Monahan
  • Lance Bouma
  • TJ Brodie
  • Mark Giordano
  • Dennis Wideman

And that’s all I have to say about that.

 

Blackhawks 3, Flames 2

28 Nov

This game was perfect, just the way I want games to go this year. The Flames were ahead most of the game, first by one, then two to nothing. They were being outplayed but were blocking shots and Berra was fantastic, flopping everywhere. Then the Hawks scored a couple goals quickly (like a band-aid it’s less painful that way) and then potted the winner with 18 seconds to go.

So it had everything you would want… great goaltending, Calgary was competitive (even though they had no business being so) and they didn’t even get a single point. Hopefully Edmonton can win a couple now so Calgary can move closer to 30th.

 
 
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