The playoffs are one step closer after Calgary took four points in their most recent back-to-back road games vs Nashville and Dallas. Last night, the Flames scored 5 goals, including two from Lance Bouma (hate to see what his contract year will cost…) Calgary got the benefit of playing a Shea Weber less Predator team. Also, facing the backup goalie helps. That’s not to diminish the win against the league’s best.
In the, “every game is the biggest game of the season,” reality Calgary didn’t have any time to revel in the victory. Coming into Dallas tonight, and riding Jonas Hiller in back-to-back games, (which was surprising given the play of Ramo as of late), the teams went down early off a goal on the first shot. Luckily Hiller shut the door after that.
Why did the Flames win?
Dallas put 99 shots towards the Calgary net tonight. Hiller made 32 Saves. Flames' D blocked 32 shots.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 31, 2015
That and a combination of 1st line scoring.
With only 9 games remaining in the season the young Calgary Flames team dropped more points against a non-playoff contending team. Surprisingly at this point in the season the team appeared ill-prepared. With one of the top PKs in the league, largely because they don’t take penalties, tonight was different. Although there were no goals on the man advantage, there were seven shorthanded opportunities for Dallas. Some fans on Twitter were complaining about the officiating. All of Calgary’s calls were definitely penalties. They certainly were soft for the Dallas Stars, but this one is on Calgary’s discipline.
If you want to be a playoff team then you need to play your best hockey at the end of the season. Dallas is playing very well although they won’t make it this year. The Flames matched a much improved Stars team, and had more chances, but coming with one point is probably exactly what the team played for after the 65 minutes plus shootout.
Calgary 0 – St Louis 4
Calgary doesn’t really play games where the goalies steal shutouts. There were a few odd games early in the season where Hiller stole some points, but since then, not much happening. You don’t win games if you can’t score, and surprisingly Calgary is almost top ten in the league when it comes to scoring. Surprising because when the Flames can’t score, and when they are clearly outmatched and outclasses, they look really bad.
Trade deadline 2015 has come and gone and the Calgary Flames were left with a few options and some surprises. Curtis Glencross was traded before the deadline for a 2nd and 3rd round draft pick in this year’s class. Schlemko was picked up off the waiver wire to dive depth on D (a place Calgary sorrily lacks). Sven Baertschi was traded to the Canucks for a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft. Finally, Mark Giordano, the reason behind this year’s season, will be out for 4-5 months with a torn bicep muscle. That’s the biggset blow to the Flames and one that will likely spell the end of their playoff chances. The fact management didn’t go out and get more help on D despite knowing the severity of the injury suggests they are holding true to the notion they will not look at the short term allure of playoffs in 2015 over the health of the organization for years to come. The future is bright for the Flames, but that’s probably not going to help us this year.
Here are some post-game thoughts from Philly tonight.
On what planet do losers get rewarded with points? Well, actually, lots of sports, but so few have the point scheme the NHL does, and teams that win more games actually sit lower in the standings.
Once again, this is why the shootout and loser point is just shite. Calgary has more wins, more regulation wins, a better shootout record, more goals for and a better overall goal differential, yet we trail Winnipeg by 3 points. ?#?endtheshootout? ?#?loserpointstoo?
If you want evidence of NHL officials taking pre-game bribes then this game was Exhibit A. Well, maybe not, but the referees were horrid. Multiple breakaways and ensuing trips that lead to no calls was the MO of tonight’s officials. Did they take away opportunities? Absolutely. Did they cause the loss? Not a chance. Calgary embarked on a seven game Eastern road trip that began tonight against the NY Rangers. The Rangers are good, talented in every way, and exceed the Flames in every aspect. The one-ice product is evident. There was no moment in this game where Calgary was remotely competing. They were thoroughly handed a loss and barely registered any offensive opportunity.
There haven’t been many wins against the Canucks over the years, but every single one is glorious. Beating the most hated franchise in any professional sport is pure bliss.
A solid win for the good guys in a Pacific Division rivalry. Calgary and Vancouver are now dead even in the standings. With the win the Flames continue their dominance over Pacific division rivals, which will play really well in the stretch run. Can’t stop now, despite all the winning, everyone ELSE is winning a lot as well.
Everyone is waiting for the Flames to fizzle out because we’re not used to a winning team. The fact is playoff teams win a TON of games–it’s an expectation, a norm if you will.
HEre are some post-game thoughts:
Who do thought that at the beginning of the season come beginning of February the Calgary Flames would be sent in second and the Pacific division? Not I, not the pundits, not nobody. What do you think about it this lineup lacks the superstar, doesn’t have a prolific score, how’s it completely abysmal bottom to pairing, Yet they continue to find ways to win. The biggest reason why? Probably the value and power of ‘team’. This team believes in itself, their leaders are leading, there top defensive pair are unbelievable, and their young guys are over performing. Will this translate to a playoff spot? The Western Conference is so tight it’s too soon to tell. There are 31 games remaining in season so it’s anybody’s game. But for now the Calgary Flames continued to win and the fans will continue to believe.
Here are some post game thoughts:
Calgary Beats Edmonton Yet Again.
It must be brutal being an Edmonton Oilers fan. The team had a two goal third period lead, but as we all know by now, third periods are a kind of specialty for the Flames. Four unanswered third period goals and you have a league leading 34 third period goals and 9th come from behind third period win. Also it ensure Calgary adds some points in the hotly contested playoff race.
What can’t be ignore in this game is the lineup, and how Hartley continues to insist on playing players who aren’t contributing.
Calgary had a chance to prove they were a playoff caliber team, even an 8th place team, but still, but they showed they’re the same old tired Flames.
A couple of moments where you thought they’d get in close and score (Byron breakaway), but ultimately they never threatened the entire game.
Here’s why the Flames lost and they won’t make the playoffs.