Proving Nothing: Calgary 1 – Anaheim 3

Proving Nothing: Calgary 1 – Anaheim 3

The Flames haven’t won in Anaheim in years (13 years) and could’ve used a win to show themselves they stand a chance against what is likely to be their first round opponents.

The MO on Anaheim is simple, they’re a big team that will hurt you, they get away with a lot, and they can score. They’re a force, and the Flames have tried to stand tall against them but can’t win. Here’s why.

  • The younger team needs to take a page out of the Ducks playbook and learn what they can get away with. The slashes, the hard crosschecks to the mouth, the slashes on the goalie, all of that goes uncalled, which is fine, but the Flames need to proactively play the same game, rather than reactively send a message. Learn from the enemy and one-up them within your system.
  • The Flames tried to answer the bell but came up short. Sure, they tried to send a message to the likes of Perry, Kesler, Bieska, but they either lost their fights or went on the penalty kill. If there was a game to send a message, take an instigator to do it, this was it. Instead, again, they were reactive to the on-ice antics.
  • I fully expect the Flames to come out in the playoffs fired up. The club will learn from their mistakes, and they’re going to improve from them. They responded tonight, and that matters, now they have something to prove.
  • The special teams are in real trouble. a 5v3 and multiuple second period PPs with hardly a chance. Special teams are the critical piece that wins you a series, if the team can’t figure it out it’ll be lights out in a hurry.
  • Gaudreau is not a playoff performer, he’s too small and it’s painfully obvious. Ferland can only get him so much room, and Monahan has to learn to do a bit of fighting too.
  • Cam Fowler left the game with a knee injury after colliding with Giordano, who later had to answer the bell in a fight. The play looked innocent enough, but ended up being knee-on-knee, which believe it or not, pales in comparison to the Kesler stick work.

  • Chad JOhnson left the game 5 minutes in with a groin injury, which means no rest for Elliott in the last two games.

The Flames didn’t put up the points for the victory, but they did prove to themselves they can pushback when called upon. Whether that translates into playoff success against the same team? Time will tell.

One thought on “Proving Nothing: Calgary 1 – Anaheim 3

  1. Disastrous game to say the least; and totally unexpected. The initial period looked great for the Flames, but everything fell apart after the tying goal by the Anaheim Ducks. Nevertheless, that was not the only factor that stood out.

    The second goal scored by Kevin Bieksa had been challenged by the coach; and the ultimatum according to sports newscasters was that an “inconclusive decision” must be counted as a goal. Agreed. Yet, in another game not so long ago, the Flames had on two accounts (in a single game scored goals…..one by Michael Frolik (???) and the other by Lance Bouma, which had been nullified on the basis of being offside and inconclusive decision. So this triggers an important question. Do judgments depend on which team (or player) has scored the goal?

    In conclusion, the National Hockey League’s decision to penalize players for high-sticking and head hits is appreciated, but attaining a Stanley Cup at the expense of injuring a player, is not fair play. Subsequently, fighting during professional sports should not be permitted under any circumstances.

    If the prime focus of the NHL is to stop Team Canada to participate during Olympics, then their attention should be directed towards fighting in ice hockey. No matter what, these players are not orphans or homeless children, but individuals whose existence is integral for loved ones and family who care about them. By and large, how important is it to hold the Stanley Cup when one of the players is disabled, injured or debilitated?

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