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Flames 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)

04 Nov

Yes, yes we have (see the last of Joey Mac)

I had to watch two games last night because I was behind with the old PVR, so I didn’t get to fully appreciate this one. But I did see enough to see that Berra had a heck of a game, that Glencross isn’t as bad this year as I thought, and the Flames actually won a game in OT (and in the United Center to boot!).

From someone else… Reto Berra felt the nerves building prior to his NHL debut Sunday night against the defending Stanley Cup champions at United Center.

The 26-year old rookie goaltender had just been called up from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League to join the Calgary Flames and coach Bob Hartley decided to toss the talented 6-foot-4 rookie straight into the fire against the Chicago Blackhawks.

After calling Berra a “thoroughbred” following the Flames’ morning skate, Hartley looked pretty smart. Berra made 42 saves and earned his first win when Kris Russell scored 1:32 into overtime in a 3-2 victory.

“Honestly I had a lot of thoughts,” Berra said, while wearing the Flames’ fire helmet given out to each game’s hardest worker. “Everything went through my mind. Right after lunch I always sleep, but today I couldn’t sleep. I was really nervous. But right before the game, when I was just sitting in here, I just thought, ‘Go out and play your game and have fun. You have nothing to lose.’ I put the excitement and nerves into a positive energy.”

It was a force that was bolstered even more by the traditional singing of the Canadian and U.S. anthems. Berra said he was forewarned about how stirring the American version is in Chicago, but still wasn’t quite prepared.

“Crazy … awesome,” he said, when asked to describe his emotions standing in front of the Flames’ net. “I almost cried and, like, my hair stand up. The guys, they told me a little bit what to expect, but when you’re out there as a goalie, on the ice, it is really, like, unbelievable.”

Cool.

 

Wings 4, Flames 3

04 Nov

At least the Flames made a game out of it. But… have we seen the last of Joey MacDonald?

 

Maple Leafs 4, Flames 2

31 Oct

The Flames played a pretty good game. They had 35 shots (20  in the second period alone), they carried the play, dictated the pace, and had a few standout performances from guys like Russel, Colborne, Stajan and Brodie. However Bernier what the first star of the game and held Toronto in the game for 55 minutes. Kari Rammo? Well, he let in a couple softies and gave the win to Toronto and the hoards of fair-weather Leaf fans at the game.

“I felt that we had a good game,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “We are not very pleased with the result, but I don’t know what we could have done more. Offensively we generated a lot. Our forechecking was good. Our puck decisions in the offensive zone were very good, but Bernier basically stole the game away from us.”

Interestingly enough, Mikael Backlund was a healthy scratch.

 

Giordano out 6-8 (more) weeks, Stempniak still week-to-week

29 Oct

What’s going on? Injuries were not part of the plan of losing! The lack of skill in the game of ice hockey is supposed to be the reason why we’re fighting for last!

The Flames will be without their captain and top scoring defenceman this season, Mark Giordano, for six to eight weeks after he suffered a broken ankle.  Giordano, 29, has two goals and nine points in eight games this season. He hasn’t played since Oct. 21 but the Flames had been vague about the injury until Tuesday.

Flames forward Lee Stempniak also has a broken ankle and is out on a week-to-week basis, while defenceman Chris Breen is day-to-day with an abdominal strain.

Oh no… not BREEN TOO!

 

Flames 5, Capitals 2

27 Oct

The Flames must have been happy to be home, they came out flying in the first period with 17 shots and three goals. They chased Brendan Holtby after 15 minutes.

The second period slowed down quiet a bit, and this game was awfully reminiscent of the season open in Washington when Calgary blew a three goal lead to let the Caps back in the game.

However the third period was all Flames, and they were able to do what they couldn’t do earlier this year – hold on to a lead. With the exception of Derek Smith (who looked really slow) Calgary played a good team game against some pretty talented individuals. And teams beat individuals every time.

 

Stars 5, Flames 1

26 Oct

Well that was ugly.

Three goals in 61 seconds absolutely killed Karri Ramo and the Flames in Dallas. Calgary actually looked pretty good until the second Stars goal, then it all fell apart.

Baertschi, for the second time this season, was a healthy scratch. Make no mistake, this coach’s decision is going to resonate. Baertschi spoke to some members of the media after skating. He was a pro, sincere and deliberate. But he was also an angry young man. After at first suggesting he had not heard directly from the coaching staff, Baertschi wisely said he needed to work more on the defensive side of his game. He believes he’s improved, but he knows more work is required. Coach Bob Hartley agrees. He stressed the need for three-zone play, and that Baertschi is a work in progress.

Hey… now that Monahan is with the big club, any bets to see how long his no-points-streak goes? I’m guessing it’ll be six games.

 

Rookie Sean Monahan will remain with the Flames

24 Oct

Calgary Flames rookie center Sean Monahan will remain with the team for the remainder of the season.

“We always tell players, they make the decisions,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said. “The players decide, and in Sean’s case Sean decided. Through his performance through those first nine games he demonstrated he can play in the League.”

Wait a minute Jay, isn’t your job to make decisions?

Didn’t you say you were committed to a rebuild? How is keeping Monahan helping the organization overall?

I agree with everything everyone says about him deserving to be here, and it’s also probably best for him and his development as a player.

But…

It’s not a game of individuals, it’s a team game. And a rebuild is not about this one season, it’s about the organization and the future.

I’d say this was a bad decision of Feaster’s, but apparently Jay let Sean make the decision. Just like he let Iggy make the decision of the one team he’d go to.

Stupidly disappointing.

 

Coyotes 4, Flames 2; and what’s going on with Sean Monahan?

23 Oct

The Flames once again fell behind by 2 goals, and had to fight back into this one. And they did, I’ve got to give them credit for that. But in a second game of back-to-back road games you’re certainly not doing yourself any favours by giving up two.

I hate to put the blame on Joey MacDonald, but he seemed really out of position for most of this game. Here are some pics from last night, and these are different goals.

Why you here Joey?

Why you here Joey?

Why you here Joey?

And again?

So the Flames are now 1-3 on this road trip. Which I guess is where you’d expect them to be after a trip to California and Arizona. But for all the hype around how well this team is doing they are only one point above .500, good for eleventh in the West.

The big story of today (Wednesday) is that the Flames have to make the decision on Sean Monahan. The media keep saying that he stays, but I just can’t see it. It’s not that he doesn’t deserve to stay – because he does – it’s because you have to look at what’s best for the organization. And a 19-year-old Monahan on an entry level contract is worth more to the Calgary Flames than a 19-year-old sophomore Monahan and more wins in 2014 than you wanted.

Because… if Connor McDavid is as good as Sportsnet says he is, then you don’t want to meaningless-win your way out of a franchise player.

 

Flames 3, Kings 2

21 Oct

Well Calgary certainly did not deserve this one, but Karri Ramo was huge in net and the Flames power play scored three and we were able to win one in California.

Sean Monahan. I’m still for sending him back, I’m 100% in the greater good camp. And that’s Camp McDavid.

 

Sharks 6, Flames 3

21 Oct

The Flames seemed out of this one for most of the game, San Jose is just too hot right now and their talent showed. There was a moment were Calgary made it interesting, right at the beginning of the third, but that seemed to wake up the Sharks and they put the game out of hand for a second time.

Monahan scored again, so when he gets sent down it’s just going to be that harder for Flames Nation to take.

 
 
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