Calgary Flames 4, Nashville Predators 3

01 Nov

I was just thinking how they Flames have been pretty lucky thus far in regards to injuries. Now after a couple rough games Calgary is without Raymond, Colbourne, Backlund and (finally) Stajan.

WHat this means is an opportunity for some of the even younger kids. This was the first NHL game for Michael Ferland and Markus Granlund. Both guys looked great, or at least as great as you can look on the Calgary Flames team. Ferland took an unfortunate elbow in the jaw in the second and didn’t come back in the third to finish his first game.

This game was also another opportunity for Devon Seteguchi, and you’ve got to believe that he’s getting close to the end of these chances. If it wasn’t for the injuries he’d still be sitting.

Also this was the first game a goalie has started two games in a row. But Hiller has been great so far this year, so it’s probably time to start playing whomever is playing best. Hiller played good, but the win has to go to the play of Johnny Goudreau and the rest of the Flames forwards who scored three quick goals to beat Nashville for the second time this season.


Montreal Canadiens 2, Calgary Flames 1 (SO)

29 Oct

Price made 37 saves through regulation and overtime, then PA Parenteau scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 win against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

The loss proved costly to Calgary. Right wing Joe Colborne left the game with an upper-body injury after three shifts in the second period, and center Matt Stajan was forced from the game midway through the third after a knee-on-knee collision with Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi, who was penalized on the play. Again I don’t like seeing guys get hurt, but this was just after all-star Stajan set up the Habs’ tying goal.

The Calgary power play was the difference on this night, as Calgary failed to capitalize on three power plays in the final 10 minutes of regulation. They went 0-7 in the game. 

Forward Mason Raymond, who is tied for the Flames lead in goals with five, was placed on injured reserve earlier Tuesday with a shoulder injury; he is expected to be week-to-week.


Washington Capitals 3, Calgary Flames 1

27 Oct

On a night where you didn’t notice Alex Ovechkin or Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom stepped up to lead the Capitals over the Flames on Saturday night. Oh yeah, there was also that Joel Ward character.

While Ovechkin didn’t register on the scoresheet, Ward scored twice, including the game-winner, and Braden Holtby made 20 saves to lift the Capitals to a 3-1 victory against the Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome.

The key to the game was that Karri Ramo let in a couple softies from wrist-shots from just inside the blue line. There was no traffic in front of the net either time.


Calgary Flames 5, Carolina Hurricanes 0

24 Oct

Just like when I said that you won’t see many wins like the Flames had against Chicago this season, you won’t see many wins like Calgary had against Carolina.

Calgary allowed 50 shots in the game against the Hawks, yet still won 2-1. Calgary scored 5 goals and allowed none against the Canes. Both scenarios are not going to happen very often.

Hartley changed the lines in hopes he’d get more goals. And goals he got. The Stajan line and the Monahan line bother scored two to lead the team to victory. Hiller only had to make 16 saves for the shutout, and other than the first 10 minutes of the game, the ice was heavily tipped in favour of Calgary.

The win was Calgary’s first at home this season.

Sean MonahanMatt Stajan and Lance Bouma each scored his first goal of the season to lead the Flames to a 5-0 victory against the Hurricanes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday. Jonas Hiller made 16 saves to record his first shutout of the season and first with Calgary.


Tampa Bay Lightning 2, Calgary Flames 1 (OT)

22 Oct

It looked as though Calgary was going to get their first win of the season, with only a few minutes left in the game the Flames were nursing a one-goal lead. However it wasn’t meant to be as Tampa scored with three to go and then again in overtime to deny Calgary their first win at home this year.

If there were any positives to take from this game it was that Calgary outshot Tampa in the first period and the game. The Flames gave up a lot of opportunities in the first 30 minutes, but didn’t allow a goal. Ramo was once-again solid in net. Gaudreau was not hurt after falling into the end boards awkwardly after setting up Wideman’s 4th goal of the year. And lastly, Stamkos was invisible in the third period.

If there was a negative to take away from this game, it’s that Stajan returned to the game after taking a shot off the foot. Not that I want anyone to get hurt, I just feel like he could really benefit from watching a couple games from the press box.


T.J. Brodie signs for five years, $23.25M

21 Oct

For more than a season, T.J. Brodie – playing alongside Mark Giordano – has been part of the top shutdown defence pair for the Calgary Flames. And gradually, they are evolving into one of the best twosomes in the game. On Monday, the Flames acknowledged as much, signing Brodie to a five-year, $23.25-million (all figures U.S.) contract extension that begins next year. Brodie will earn an average of $4.65-million a season on the contract.

T.J. is 24 years old, and I don’t think that there’s any doubt this will be his highest-producing year in the NHL. Last year Brodie had 4 goals, this year (through seven games) he has three. Now I’m not saying that he’s going to be a 40-goal scorer, but 30 for sure. That was a joke. If Brodie gets 15 goals, 40 points and finishes a + player, then Brad Treliving will look like a genius.

For this year, for this deal anyway.


Calgary Flames 4, Winnipeg Jets 1

20 Oct

Calgary came out flat yet again, getting outshot 10-1 in the first period, and surrendering the first goal of the game. However after the first intermission Calgary responded with 3 goals in the second, and another in the third, to capture their fourth win of the trip. Johnny Gaudreau had his first of the season, Mason Raymond had his fifth, and TJ Brodie also scored to keep his six-game point streak alive. Dennis Wideman also scored for the Flames.

With last night’s win, Calgary ends their beginning-of-the-season six-game road-trip with a 4 and 2 record. Mighty impressive, yet still early in the year.


Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Calgary Flames 2

18 Oct

Calgary came out flat in the first and most of the second, and a third period push wasn’t enough to eradicate a 3-0 lead. It was nice to see Jooris get his first goal in his first game, which means he’ll probably be in in Winnipeg now.


Calgary Flames 2, Chicago Blackhawks 1 (OT)

16 Oct

You aren’t going to see that every day. The Flames were badly outplayed, outshot 50-18, gave Chicago 7 power plays, yet somehow managed to win the game in the Mad House on the second night of back-to-back road games. The Chicago Blackhawks dominated the Calgary Flames, but it wasn’t enough to beat goalie Jonas Hiller.

The Flames won for the second time in as many nights by riding Hiller’s 49-save effort to a 2-1 overtime victory that ended 25 seconds short of a shootout on center Mikael Backlund‘s goal.

They had a plethora of lucky bounces, mostly with the Hawks missing open nets. Hiller played well, I don’t want to take anything away from that, but really the Flames were just lucky that Dan Carcillo isn’t a better hockey player. Although I’m sure the .980 save percentage will be a huge confidence boost for Jonas.

Of note: Mark Dias was in as Deryk Engelland was nursing an injury, David Jones is still out and we haven’t seen or heard about Lance Bouma since that ugly looking hit in Nashville.


Flames 3, Predators 2 (SO)

15 Oct

Well the Flames probably didn’t deserve to win the game last night, despite out-shooting their opponent for the first time this year. Nashville had better chances and had possession of the puck for the majority of the game.

But after Ramo made that incredible 2-on-1 save, you just got the feeling that nothing after that point was going to get by him. Remember those games with Kiprusoff? When he would make that one save that just dialed in his focus and you just knew he wouldn’t be beat for the rest of the game? Well that’s what it was like after that moment with Karri Ramo. He stopped all remaining shots as well as all three in the shootout to secure the Flames’ second win of the year.

Calgary was 1/3 on the PP and killed off two Nashville power plays, so if there was a reason second to Ramo, that was it.

I also thought that Devin Setoguchi played his best game of the year. Without harping on him, I got to focus most of my anger on the useless pylon that is Matt Stajan.

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