Last Second Win: Calgary 5 – New Jersey 4 (SO)

Somehow the Calgary Flames continue to find ways to come from behind and win games. Despite suffering perhaps their worst defensive performance of the season, they found a way to claw back and score twice with the net empty late to tie and ultimately win in the shoot-out.

HEre are some post-game thoughts:

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Go Stamps, Gaudreau Hilarity

I’ve rewatched this video probably 20 times. Hilarious!

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You can put it in the win column! Flames 4 – Anaheim 3 (SO)

So much to talk about with this game so let’s jump in.

Prior to the contest bloggers around town were using their inept stats skills to predict the eventual demise of the Flames season. Yes, I would agree they can’t keep the same level they’ve been playing at, but they aren’t as bad as desperate stats hacks would have us believe. Proof? The win column.

The evening began with a celebration for legendary play-by-play announcer Peter Maher. He left off with a ‘Yahh baby!’ for the crowd and a request that the team continue to put points on the board. They didn’t disappoint, but it didn’t start off as planned.

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Calgary 4 – Ottawa 2

Another win to make it two in a row for the Flames, and their second in a row at home. Nobody really knows how long this win streak will last for the club, but we’ll take it while it lasts. The reason why you can’t bank on consistency just yet is because every night another game star emerges. But behind the 3rd or 4th line contributions the defensive pairing of TJ Brodie and Giordano remain unchanged, and for the latter, his play leads the league for defencemen, and near the top for total points as well.

Mark Giordano is the real deal, if he keeps it up he wins the Norris hands down. The real deal, and with a leading pairing like the Flames have, well, you have one of 3 pieces to a championship team.

Some post-game thoughts:

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Come From Behind Win: Flames 6 – Florida 4

After the first period you thought about the Flames of old, how the team can’t find consistency, how it was the same old same old. If you get outworked and ultimately lose to Florida, one of the league’s bottom feeders, you question the state of your own rebuild.

That was the first, and yes, the Flames were terrible. But they get better as the game progresses, that much we know from this year so far, and with a burst in the second period, and a few more in the third, well, Calgary now leads the league with seven road wins.

Some more thoughts.

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Flames Smash Canadiens 6-2

Well you didn’t really expect this one. Calgary outplayed Montreal the last time the teams meet last week at home. Montreal won in a shoot-out. TOnight, Calgary badly outplayed the Canadiens at home, a place where no team in the NHL has picked up a point this year. Despite an up-tempo start, Montreal slowly gave way the the relentless forecheck of Calgary, and in a big way too, to the tune of six goals.

AND NOW, the post game after-thoughts.

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Flames Lose to Montreal in Shootout 2-1

I had a bet with a neighbour who quickly took the Flames to win. Fine, I’ll take Montreal, after all, for a beer, they are the top team in the East. I didn’t expect a Flames team to largely dominate. They looked really good 5v5 and took control most of the game. Where they lacked was again, that edge that separates average teams from great teams. They also couldn’t do anything on the PP, and after squandering 3 chances in the late third period I said, “you don’t score on three late power-plays you do’nt deserve to win.”

Sure enough, the prophecy would hold true.

Some additional thoughts on tonight’s game.

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Flames Drop Canes 5-0

If you want to have a look at a team that’s not really good and probably playing for the top draft pick next year then tonight was the night. Although the Carolina Hurricanes have a number of key injuries, Calgary was dominant in all facets of the game. They looked perhaps too good at times. Here are post-game thoughts:

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Flames Squander Point in Snore Fest vs Tampa

Calgary 1 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)

Calgary returned home after a length two week road trip which saw the team exceed expectations. With a 5 game homestand coming up, the Flames looked to extend their point streak to, well, two games. Here are some thoughts.

TJ Brodie is fresh coming off a 5 year contract extension. That puts him in a Flames uniform, barring trade, for the next six years including this one. Brodie’s signing is good for the club, but tonight, despite logging the minutes, was too eager to score in OT and ultimately lost his defensive assignment that lead to the OT goal for Tampa.

– Two goals late sunk the Flames. They’ll fix the glaring defensive zone miscues though, so that’s the growing pain for a young squad.

– Giordano with his first fighting major of the season. Don’t think he needs to do drop the gloves needlessly. The team is noticeable better with him on the ice and not in the box for 5 minutes.

– Dennis Wideman scored the Flames only goal and now has three. The defencemen are leading the way with scoring. The forwards?

– Curtis Glencross was half-asleep the entire game. Don’t know what his problem is. It’s a contract year after all.

– Backlund’s line could use energy, and size. Hudler and Byron on the wings doesn’t exactly scare teams with size (the truculent Brian Burke identity lost?)

– Ramo looked good through 3 periods, but ultimately couldn’t steal the two points.

– Another slow start. The team lacks energy it seems at time.

– But it’s great to see Jooris in the lieup. He’s moving his legs.

– Gaudreau did it all on the Flames only goal. He left to sharpen his skates (might have tweaked his ankle) but did return. He’s still figuring out his game and the coaching staff are watching him closely….

– Engelland, man, terrible tonight.

– No David Jones (dump him somewhere at night), Setoguchi, or McGrattan.

– Really quiet crowd tonight too, what’s up with that!?


Hot and Cold: Flames Lose in Columbus

At this rate my prediction of a slightly better, but not much, season points wise will work out. Calgary is on-again/off-again, winning one, and then losing one. I guess you could say they should’ve lost in Chicago. They should’ve lost in Columbus tonight and they did. Notable reasons why? Well let’s look at the primary ones.

If you want evidence that the Flames are playing for the bottom pick then look no further than the lineup. With able bodies in the minors waiting to come up, and the likes of broken vets like Setoguchi and *shudder* David Jones, picked over the likes of Sven Baertschi and Josh Jooris, couple that with sitting Jon Gaudreau, and you get the picture. If coaching decisions make you scratch your head, maybe the reasons are coming from higher above (not the hockey gods, but head office).

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