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Flames Fall Hard: Calgary 1 – Vancouver 5

The Flames just can’t play in front of a backup goalie. Not since….um…..Jamie McLennan could the team string together wins with their backup. That was six years ago. Same typical lackluster play from the Flames. Some players taking nights off, others showing up for a period or two.

Unfortunately there are three periods in a game and the unit Calgary puts on the ice each game refuses to play for the duration. Get used to it Flames fans, this team is this bad. They’ll show glimpses of dominance for one game and then fall off the map for the next 5.

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Battle of Alberta Heats Up: Calgary 5 – Edmonton 3

Maybe it was the national audience, but apart from the first 3 minutes, the Calgary Flames dominated the Edmonton Oilers in all facets of the game. This is the FLames team fans expected to see out of the gate. Dominant, fast, scoring…. Pretty typical of a winning team, but the Flames haven’t won with regularity this year. Maybe this is the push they need to attempt another late rush for the playoffs?

Special Teams Shine


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Paging Jarome Iginla: Calgary 3 – Columbus 4 (SO)

Calgary couldn’t hold on as Columbus scored two goals with three minutes left and won in a shoot-out, Calgary’s first of the season, to steal two points. The Flames demonstrated yet again why they are the league’s worse–they can’t beat the league’s worse. Maybe the logic doesn’t work, but this team could’ve put three wins away before heading to stiffer competition with Edmonton and Vancouver next, but instead they took a snooze early and late.


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BORING. Flames String Together Two Wins: Calgary 1 – Nashville 0

TSN had the game today and since they don’t have Flames games very often they needed to amplify stories. Tonight they wanted to harp a ‘potential’ Jarome Iginla trade over and over again. Yes, Iginla is slumping mightily, yes the Flames need to rebuild, but does Iginla go? That’s the question that few fans want to think about, and right now most say no.

The game was really a neutral zone affair. calgary did really well sticking to their game plan and outlasted the Nashville push late. Derek Smith scored his first NHL goal off a nice pass from TJ Brodie from none other than Iginla for the game’s only goal.

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An Odd Win: Calgary 5 – Minnesota 2

Did you notice? There was a Flames game this afternoon. More people in Minnesota were probably watching the game than Calgary given the Grey Cup was on at the same time. If people were watching they may have been moderately entertained by the Flames concluding road trip game of their four game swing.

The Flames scored a goal (in fact five) and Jarome Iginla scored! Calgary capitalized on shaky goaltending early to pull away a convincing victory.

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Running out of words like pathetic: flames lose again

Welcome to the Young Gun Years! Looks like Flames fans are now faced with the inevitable, a solid 5 years of hardship with players fat off of million dollar paycheques they don’t deserve coasting through a season.

Fans like me love the Calgary Flames. We hate this stupid team. There are next to no redeeming qualities. The likes of Jarome Iginla, Backlund, Tanguay, Glencross, Bourque, Stempniak, all of these jokers lack consistency. Iginla can’t even get a shot on net let alone score. Backlund has zero points in all of his games. Tanguay can’t stop passing, Bourque can’t even pass. Yes, this pathetic season isn’t even half way through but the FLames have thrown in the towel.


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Brain Cramped Flames Drop Yet Another: Calgary 3 – Detroit 5

You give Detroit an inch and they’ll score repeatedly. Calgary relied too heavily on huge Kipper saves, and were the in the penalty box too often against a Detroit team that actually knows how to work a powerplay. Result? A loss.

It doesn’t help that the referees have difficulty calling penalties against the veteran Red Wings. I can’t get over how THREE Brad Stuart interference calls went uncalled. I know this is a bit of an aside, but that guy comes out of his lane to impede rushing forwards, tripping them in the process, and no call. I guess I don’t know what interference.

For their part, Calgary had moments where you thought they’d steal two points, but a boneheaded Curtis Glencross penalty late in the third when the game was tied was enough to give Detroit a PP and the eventual lead.

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Embarrassment. Calgary 1 – Columbus 4

There are only so many words in the thesaurus for disgrace and we’ve used them all barely a third of the way through the NHL season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets now have 5 wins. That’s five wins total for the entire season up to and including tonight’s game. The Jackets are not a good hockey team. But on every other game night the Calgary Flames, as evidenced tonight, are worse than the worse hockey team in the league. If that’s not reason enough to pull the plug on deadweight I don’t know what is.

Lately ‘deadweight’ amounts to the top line with Jarome Iginla a minus night yet again and generating zero offensively, Tanguay putting around the outside, and Backlund who still hasn’t found his game feet. The Flames were so desperate for something that Iginla played third period shifts at center. Yea, the worse defensive player on the team playing center….the Flames coaching staff is not only desperate but they’re stupid too.

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Back on Track 2.0? Flames 5 – Blackhawks 2

It was this time last year, against the Chicago Blawkhawks no less, when the Flames pulled out of a losing funk in a big way. Tonight, the Flames faced the league’s best in an attempt to right a sinking ship. Teams rarely make it to the playoffs if they don’t sit in a spot by American Thanksgiving.

That’s next Thursday, the Flames have a chance, but they gotta win 40 more games this year….. Well they got off to a good start tonight.

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Powerplay Lifeless as Flames Drop Yet Another: Calgary 1 – Ottawa 3

Calgary can’t even beat average teams demonstrating they are below average despite playing nearly to the max of the cap and with largely the same team that went on the great run from last year. At this point in time, Calgary is in fact a WORSE team than the squad from last year at this time.

Team’s who aren’t in the playoff picture come American Thanksgiving rarely rarely make up the ground. That day is next Thursday. Right now, the beleaguered club has no more options from within. They can’t call up any more players or demote fat cats like Stajan or Sarich. The crippling tenure of Darryl Sutter has left its mark and will remain for years to come.

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