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.


Calgary Flames 4, Colorado Avalanche 3 (OT)

04 Dec

The game had it all.

A boring first period. An exciting second period. A back and forth third period. A come from behind goal in the last minute of the game. An overtime winner from the home team. No fights. No bad calls. (So I guess the game had it most). A couple huge saves. A beautiful goal from Alex Tanguay. A non-performance from Jarome Iginla.

Fun times these are.


Calgary Flames 5, Arizona Coyotes 2

04 Dec

Hat trick by who?

Calgary Flames forward Josh Jooris didn’t hesitate to pinpoint that his previous hat trick came in his first game as a freshman with Union College four years ago. He didn’t expect his next one to come Tuesday.

Calgary goaltender Karri Ramo didn’t keep his shutout streak going, but Jooris got his first NHL hat trick to lead the Flames to a 5-2 victory against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome.


Calgary Flames 3, Arizona Coyotes 0

01 Dec

Another win, another shutout. Karri Ramo stopped 26 shots, and T.J. Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for Calgary (15-8-2). Ramo earned his fourth straight win and second consecutive shutout. Hudler played a major role with a goal and two assists in the Calgary Flames’ 3-0 win over the slumping Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night.

TJ Brodie and Johnny Gaudreau also scored for the Flames (15-8-2), who have won six of their past eight games. The win moved Calgary within a point of the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks for first place in the Pacific Division, and a 9-5-0 road record is a big reason why the Flames are near the top of their division.

Jiri Hudler is on pace for a 30-goal season, and goalie Karri Ramo isn’t giving up any. That’s the recipe the Calgary Flames are using as they attempt to… make the playoffs?!?


Calgary Flames 2, San Jose Sharks 0

28 Nov

The Flames (14-8-2), coming off a 3-2 loss Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks, won the second of back-to-back games for the third time in three tries. They are 8-0-1 in the game following a loss.

The Flames assigned forward Corban Knight to Adirondack of the American Hockey League to make room on the roster for David Jones, who was activated from injured reserve after missing four games with an upper-body injury.

The Flames announced that injured forward Mikael Backlund had an abdominal procedure Wednesday and is week-to-week. According to general manager Brad Treliving, Backlund has a weakening of the abdominal wall that was strengthened with a mesh plate. Treliving said Backlund might resume skating in two weeks.


Anaheim Ducks 3, Calgary Flames 2

26 Nov

While giving up a two goal lead may be surmountable, a three goal lead is not. At least not against the West-leading Ducks, in their own barn, where Calgary hasn’t won in 19 straight tries.

It was close though. The Flames gave up a goal late in the second period (5 seconds left) that was a tough one to take. Deryk Engelland let him man walk out from the corner and Jonas Hiller let a soft goal beat him five-hole. That made it 3-0 heading into the third.

Calgary made a game of it, as they scored early enough in the third period. Then with 3:30 left in the game, Hartley pulled Hiller early (again) and Johnny Gaudreau scored to bring the Flames within one. However the goal was kicked in, therefore disallowed. Calgary scored again with 25 seconds remaining to legally pull within one, but it was too little to late. If the goal Johnny wasn’t disallowed we would have gone to OT. But it wasn’t. So we didn’t.


Calgary Flames 5, New Jersey Devils 4 (SO)

24 Nov

As per usual, the Flames spotted their opponent a 2-0 lead in the first. However to make things more difficult, Calgary also went into the third period down by two goals, and was down again (for the third time in the game) by two with just 3 minutes to go.

What Hartley called a ‘gut feeling,’ he pulled Ramo with 3 minutes to go in the game and the Flames scored twice with the empty net. It was the first time the Flames scored twice with the goalie pulled in franchise history. Curtis “The Invisible Man” Glencross actually had two goals in this game and Jiri Hudler scored the shootout winner to cap the comeback.

So while the box score showed otherwise, and New Jersey looked like they carried the play most of the time, Calgary actually lead all major stats in the game. 

Karri Ramo played pretty well, despite a poor GAA. He made a few huge saves to keep them in the game. Never allowing the Devils to go up by three… because that would be crazy.

The Flames, who lost 4-3 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, improved to 8-0-1 when coming off a loss and improved their NHL-leading total for wins when trailing after two periods to five.

“I’ll have to get my heart checked,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. “I don’t know how they do it, but we found a way again. We’re not making it easy, but we’re making it interesting.”


Calgary Flames 4, Anaheim Ducks 3 (SO)

19 Nov

You can put it in the win column.

The Flames were down 2-0 going into the third period and had managed only 7 shots through 40. It was looking like my prediction of Calgary losing 5-0 might come true, and Peter Maher’s prediction of getting the win so he could yell out one final “Yeah baby!” was not going to happen. Shows what I know.

Juri Hudler got it started after the Flames had multiple chances for their first, then Denis Wideman had two in the span of 5 minutes to put Calgary up 3-2. The Ducks tied it late on a power play, and overtime solved nothing. Unless what you were after was to be entertained, then it solved that. The shootout featured goals from a couple rising stars in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, and one goal from slower-than-molasses Kesler. When it was over, Hiller got the win over the team that gave up on him.

Because I’m prone to finding the negatives, here they are. Calgary was brutal through two periods, managing less than a shot for every five minutes of play. The power play went 0-5. Curtis Glencross was coasting around as per usual, actually even more than usual, and it cost the Flames a bunch of chances. Devin Setoguchi was playing, that’s a negative. Also Kris Russel and David Jones were both out with injuries.

Didn’t matter though, the Flames got it done anyway.

Yeah baby.


Calgary Flames 4, Ottawa Senators 2

16 Nov

Calgary came on (again) in the third to outscore the Sens 3-1 en route to a 4-2 win. Paul Byron and Josh Jooris both played well, and even Sven seemed to play a little better.

Gio took a stick in the eye, a puck off the foot, yet still managed to get an assist to extend his point streak to nine games. Wow.

The credit for the win has to go to Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson, although leading the league in GAA had four giveaways, two of which led to Calgary goals.

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