Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Calgary Flames 0

06 Feb

Well that didn’t go so well. The Flames got Crosbied.

You knew that the bubble was going to burst soon, Calgary had done so well since Christmas with the second best winning percentage in 2015 that eventually things were going to even out.


Calgary Flames 3, San Jose Sharks 1

05 Feb

They caught San Jose.

Can you believe that the Flames are keeping this up? Do you think that they can keep this up for the rest of the year? I don’t think they can. But… if you would have told me that they would be in a spot with 30 games to go there is no way I would have believed it.


Calgary Flames 5, Winnipeg Jets 2

03 Feb

Brandon Bollig and Raphael Diaz both scored their first goals of the season as the Calgary Flames downed the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Monday night.

David Jones, Mason Raymond and Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (28-20-3). Winners of seven of their last nine games, the Flames move into third place in the Pacific Division. Calgary is two points up on Vancouver, although the Canucks hold three games in hand.


Calgary Flames 4, Edmonton Oilers 2

01 Feb

Ninth time’s the charm.

The Flames did it again, they spotted the Oilers a 2-goal lead (heading into the third no less) and scored 4 unanswered goals to win their 6th straight game against Edmonton.

Lance Bouma scored twice during Calgary’s four-goal third period and the Flames rallied to beat the Oilers 4-2 at Scotiabank Saddledome.

“Obviously, we have come from behind in the past so we know we can do it and we have the belief in here,” Bouma said. “That’s huge for us. We always say going into the third period that the third is always our best and we always seem to find a way.”


Minnesota Wild 1, Calgary Flames 0

30 Jan

Well, I guess you can’t win them all. That said, you should win the games against the teams that are below you in the standings.

Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for his second shutout as a member of the Wild and third of his season and Zach Parisescored the lone goal to lift Minnesota to a 1-0 victory against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.


Calgary Flames 4, Buffalo Sabres 1

28 Jan

Buffalo scored first, but then the Flames scored 4 unanswered goals, including three in the third, to put the lowly Sabres in their place.

Gaudreau scored twice, and Jonas Hiller made 17 saves to help the Flames to a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday. Josh Jooris and Joe Colborne scored for the Flames (26-19-3), who started a six-game homestand and a stretch of 10 of the next 12 games here.

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Anaheim Ducks 6, Calgary Flames 3

23 Jan

I guess a four-goal lead is just too much to come back from. Against the best team in the NHL, that shouldn’t be a surprise.

The 4-goal deficit was the end of Joni Ortio. A big second-half push were not enough for the Calgary Flames to end their decade-long losing streak at Honda Center. It’s unclear how much longer Ortio will be with Calgary. Flames coach Bob Hartley was vague about the goaltender’s immediate future after the game.

The Flames head into the All Star break 1 point up on L.A. for the final wild card spot, the Kings also lost their last game before the break.



Calgary Flames 2, Los Angeles 1 (OT)

21 Jan

Joni Ortio and Sean Monahan do it again.

Joni Ortio made 33 saves to earn his fourth straight win since he was recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League. Ortio, who is 4-0-0 with a 1.23 goals-against average and .958 save percentage, is making a case to stay with Calgary even though Karri Ramo has been activated off of IR.

Flames center Sean Monahan scored on a great individual effort to tie the game 1-1 at 13:55 of the third. Monahan swiped the puck away from Kings defenseman Alec Martinez at the point, skated down the left wing and beat goalie Jonathan Quick with a wrist shot for his 14th goal.

Calgary was outshot 27 to 9 through the first 40 minutes.

That sent the game to overtime.

One moment Dennis Wideman celebrated, and the next he doubted whether the puck had gone into the net. After the play was reviewed, Wideman and the Calgary Flames headed to the dressing room with smiles yet again.

“When I shot it, I thought it was in,” Wideman said after his goal with 52 seconds left in overtime gave Calgary a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday at Staples Center.

“I raised my arms and then they waved it off,” he continued. “And then from the Jumbotron view that they showed, it looked like it hit the crossbar. Then I didn’t think it went in.”

Wideman shot the puck from a sharp angle on the left side, and it quickly caromed off the camera inside the net. Play continued, but video review determined it was the game-winning goal for the Flames (25-18-3), who are 4-0-0 on their five-game Pacific Division trip and occupy the Western Conference’s second and final wild-card spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.


Calgary Flames 4, San Jose Sharks 3 (OT)

19 Jan

On a fun note, did you guys hear that Reto Berra (former Flames goalie) scored a goal the other night? He’s currently on a conditioning stint in the AHL. His celebration is fantastic.

So the Flames beat the Sharks in San Jose, a game that they had no business at all winning.

In sum, the Sharks’ third goal by Melker Karlsson was kicked in so it shouldn’t have counted. Sean Monahan has gone from a 13-game goal drought to a two-game scoring streak, including the OT winner Saturday night. Joe Colborne‘s shorthanded goal was fantastic. Calgary rookie goaltender Joni Ortio, making his third straight start after being recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League, made 19 saves for his third consecutive win.

Calgary and L.A. are now tied for the final wildcard spot, and play tonight. This is a pretty big match for this many games left in the season.


Calgary Flames 4, Arizona Coyotes 1

16 Jan

This is a game that Calgary probably should not have won. They were badly outshot (21-12) through 40 mins, but Joni Ortio held them to just one through the first two periods.

The Flames had a big third period, scoring three, to put this game away. The Calgary Flames entered Thursday with the best third-period goal differential in the NHL, and theArizona Coyotes were tied for worst in the League.

This was as close to a must win as Calgary has had all year, since the win keeps them within one point of the final wildcard spot.

Of note is that Mikael Backlund scored a goal for the fourth straight game since coming back off of injury. Sean Monahan finished the scoring with an empty-net goal to finish the game with two points. Mark Giordano iced the game for the Flames with 4:02 left, he’s now one point off the lead for defenceman scoring.

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