Almost Lost: Calgary 4 – Phoenix 2

What’s with the ability of the Calgary Flames to blow huge leads gift wrapped to them in the first period of play? They have a knack at one thing, inconsistency, and now one other–blowing first period leads. They almost did it again after a first period ‘explosion’ of three goals. Lead by a fired up captain (I guess 1 out of every 3 games is not bad….) they Flames with new line combos came out swinging.

David Moss was back in the lineup and looked good at times, he made up the new second line with Glencross and Jokinen. Tanguay, Cammalleri, and Iginla on the top line.

The Flames jumped out to their three goal lead but then packed it away in their worst period, the second. There Pheonix scored two quick goals which made everyone worry. The refs did their part to try to propel Phoenix back into the game handing six straight powerplays. I guess you do what you gotta do to bring hockey to the desert. More Flames fans than Coyotes it seemed at times…..

Calgary can’t sleep now, they have Anaheim tomorrow, and by my count can only lose 5 more games or they’ll be out. It’s ‘doable’ but not likely…. But let’s hang on till the bitter end, our blood pressure may suffer, but hey, that’s Flames hockey.

Notes: Will be interesting to see who starts in goal for Calgary tomorrow with Irving called up and Calgary carrying three goalies.

One Comment on “Almost Lost: Calgary 4 – Phoenix 2

  1. Almost,but the Calgary Flames persevered and remained resilient with a conspicuous collaborative effort (especially after the Coyotes came within one). It was also good to see the top line excelling in performance; Tanguay and Iginla getting multiple points; the shorthanded tally by Glencross as well as the power play emptynetter by the Captain…. awesome! Alternatively, the Flames’ penalty killing efforts are a bit disconcerting power play goals tend to offset established momentum…We certainly need a stronger defensive effort.

    In closing, a good overall effort considering that the Coyotes have defeated the Flames on six occasions and have a good statistical standing….Congratulations are in place for Jay Bouwmeester’s on his 560th game; to Mike Cammalleri and Olli Jokinen for contributing a pair, to Giordano, Hannan and Stajan for drawing assists.