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.


Calgary Flames 1, Vancouver Canucks 0

12 Jan

On a Joni Ortio shutout, the Flames were finally able to beat Vancouver (in Vancouver no less).

Joni Ortio had to overcome a lot more than the Vancouver Canucks on his way to the first shutout of his NHL career. Ortio made 36 saves for his first NHL shutout, leading the Calgary Flames past the Canucks 1-0 on Saturday night.

The win capped a 48-hour ordeal for Ortio that included lost baggage, a cancelled flight and a new pair of contact lenses. He was recalled by the Flames from their AHL affiliate on Wednesday after Karri Ramo went down with an injury, but didn’t join the team until Friday afternoon.

In three dates since returning from nagging abdominal issues, Backlund has amassed five points, including three goals, a plus-three rating, and 11 shots.

Brian McGrattan, who dressed 76 times last season, cleared waivers this past weekend. He has been assigned to Adirondack of the American Hockey League. One byproduct of the NHL’s new-found need for speed is the extinction of the heavyweight enforcer.

Giordano was invited to play in the all-star game in Columbus, Ohio. Johnny Gaudreau, the nifty first-year winger of the Flames, was also recognized. With five other greenhorns, he’ll participate in the rookie portion of the showcase.


Florida Panthers 6, Calgary Flames 5

10 Jan

That was a bit of a weird game.

Stajan had 2 goals, which is weird. Calgary had 5 goals and lost, which is weird. Al Montoya had a .833 save percentage and won, which is weird.

There were no fights on the ice, but a big one in the crowd. Every time the Flames seemed to tie the game Florida would score immediately afterwards. Calgary had 2 goals on 3 shots in the first period.


Canucks 3, Flames 2; Flames 4, Kings 3; Flames 4, Oilers 1; Flames 2, Kings 1; Flames 4, Oilers 3; Islanders 2, Flames 1

07 Jan

So I’ve been away for a while, and I’ve missed posting on the past six games. It took me a few nights to catch up on all of them I am glad my DVR had the capacity. Here is the “short, short” version of the past two weeks.

Sat, Dec 20
L 2 – 3
Flames scored on themselves – from the Canucks end.
Mon, Dec 22
W 4 – 3
In possibly the best comeback of the year, Flames were down 3-0 when Johnny Gaudreau scored a natural comeback and Giordano scored a beauty in overtime to cap the win for the Flames.
Sat, Dec 27
W 1 – 4
Johnny Gaudreau scores two goals 16 seconds apart as the Flames go up on the Oilers 3-0 early in the first period and never look back.
Mon, Dec 29
W 1 – 2
In a completely different type of game than the L.A. vs. Calgary match right before Christmas, the Flames go up 2-0 in the first period and sit on that lead for the rest of the game. Gaudreau scores his sixth goal in three games to be named the Rookie of the Month for December.
Wed, Dec 31
W 3 – 4
The New Years Eve bash started in Edmonton’s favour, Josh Jooris returns to score two goals including the OT winner as Calgary takes the season series against the Oil in just the first three games. Calgary yet again came back from a 2-goal deficit as well as being down after 40 minutes.
Fri, Jan 2
L 2 – 1

The Islanders went up one-nothing on a 5 on 3 and that was pretty much the story of this game.

In related news Michael Backland is close to returning, Matt Stajan just won’t get injured no matter how often he’s hit, Smid is with his wife and newborn twins (and injured) and Jooris is back but not 100%.


Dallas Stars 2, Calgary Flames 1

19 Dec

Aww…. man!

Seven in a row.


New York Rangers 5, Calgary Flames 2

19 Dec

Well that’s now six.

Calgary has lost six straight games in regulation for the first time since Jan. 13-25, 2010 and has not earned a point since a 4-3 overtime win against the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 4. The Flames hadn’t previously lost back-to-back games in regulation this season before their current skid.


Chicago Blackhawks 2, Calgary Flames 1

15 Dec

Well, that’s now five games in a row. It’s not like the Flames have played any worse than they have been, it’s more like a market correction that you knew was coming.

The loss moves Calgary out of the playoff race. I know it’s early, but the Flames are going to have to play the way they did the first 25 games for another 50 games if they want to eek their way into the playoffs.


Toronto Maple Leafs 4, Calgary Flames 1

10 Dec

Although the score isn’t flattering, it was actually closer than you think.

Calgary came out pretty good in the first period, but after Gaudreau missing a glorious chance the Leafs were able to take the puck up the ice and score to go ahead 1-0 after 20.

The second period was all Toronto and Calgary was lucky to get out of that period with just being down 2-0.

The Flames did all they could in the third. They scored on the power-play to come within one and they had many chances to tie the game in the final 10 minutes of the game. However the go-to Bob Hartley trick didn’t work this time, as the Maple Leafs scored two empty net goals to win 4-1.


San Jose Sharks 3, Calgary Flames 2

06 Dec

Matt Stajan returns, takes a penalty in the final 5 minutes to put the Flames down two men essentially killing 2 minutes of the third period when Calgary needed some offence.

I’m not blaming Stajan, but it’s awfully coincidental that he comes back and Calgary can’t weave a little more late-game magic.

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