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Battle of Alberta Dominance Continues: Calgary 6 – Edmonton 2

Another Hockey Night in Canada evening game which unfortunately meant another evening listening to bland Mark Kelly and ‘I only reiterate and state the obvious’ Kevin Weeks. Once you got past the eye rolling it was a pretty good game for Flames fans.

Calgary continues their dominance over an inferior Oilers squad taking 17 of the past 20 contests. I do’nt know if you can really take too much stock in this game (maybe Kipper should’ve had a rest?) but it was great to finally see some secondary scoring, and the Flames, despite the loss of Glencross, are only getting healthier.

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Flames Steal Two Points: Calgary 2 – LA 1 (SO)

The Flames pulled into South California for a second game in three days. The score was the same as two nights ago vs. the Sharks, but this time Calgary was on the winning end. Both game required shootouts to determine a winner, and somehow, Calgary skated with teams that have been playing better than them this season.

Despite a rash of injuries and at times really frustrating play (3 first period shots?!?) Calgary’s scraping together points in a hotly contested Western Conference race. They sit tied for 9th with 50 points.

Tonight’s win can be attributed to one single hero–Miikka Kiprusoff. His timely saves bail out defensive lapses, tonight particularly in the overtime frame. Whenever Iginla is on the ice you cringe because he doesn’t play D essentially turning a 4v4 into a 4v3 with much more open ice.

Thankfully the hockey gods let the Flames play through their mistakes and steal two points. We can expect the game coming up in Edmonton Saturday to have even greater importance. Calgary has been playing slightly more consistent, but perhaps more importantly they’ll likely be getting some healthy bodies back in the lineup (Morrison and Tanguay).

A win vs. Edmonton would prep them for the next three games over the next 15 days–all against division leaders.

The season will be held in the balance in the next two weeks. Fans will have to hold their breathe a bit longer on this season….

Notes: Matt Stajan made his expensive return to the lineup playing marginal minutes on the forth line. Anton Babchuk sat. Roma Horak back in the lineup. Discussion on bringin Krys Kolanos up from the minors is heating up, but it seems to be a contract problem at this point (Flames only have room for one more pro contract).

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Flames Lose Nail Bitter: Calgary 1 – San Jose 2 (SO)

Scoring is what lacks on this team. Without Alex Tanguay, and Curtis Glencross missing in action mid-way thru the second period, Calgary was short on goals. Nonetheless, this was as close as we’ve seen the Flames play all year to playoff style hockey.

Lead by their captain Jarome Iginla Calgary played a much better San Jose team and after weathering the early storm, had good things going with their cycle. Although Sutter decided to dress only 11 forwards (a head scratcher that later bit him in the ass), it seems giving the captain even more ice-time fired him up.

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Calgary Flames Put on Poor Effort at Home on Night with Endless Storylines

Flames 1 – Kings 4

From top to bottom the Calgary Flames were thouroughly manhandled and embarassed. Sure, this wasn’t a 9-0 blowout, but if you needed any more confirmation that the Flames will not–no–CANNOT make the playoffs, this game was a testament. This team is terrible. THe players didn’t show up–yet again. They were outhit, had no heart, no effort, and when given glorious scoring chances either shot wide or right into a hot goalie in Jon Quick.

Yes Flames fans, the stars were aligned for the Flames to use this game agains the Kings to propel a playoff run. There were story lines galore. Instead they stunk out the damn joint and left fans with yet another head scratcher.

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Flames Squeak Out Win Against Ducks

Calgary 1 – Anaheim 0 (OT)

YOu had the sense this game was going to go down much like previous games against sub .500 teams. Calgary just can’t beat basement dweller hockey clubs (of which they are one). Lately the problem has been sustained offence, only 18 shots in this game and 10 going into the third period.

But Calgary weathered the storm, Kiprusoff came up big, and the Flames snuck two points in what was for the most part a boring and tentative game. The fireworks actually came off-ice in a blockbuster trade.

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Flames 6 – NJ Devils 3

Calgary came out and scored a quick 4 goals chasing starting goalie Martin Brodeur. IN true Flames fashion reminiscent of the Ottawa game last week, they had extended periods where they turned off the pressure to give NJ life.

Thankfully the top line was just that, #1. In games they don’t perform expect the Flames to lose. Tonight they showed up in true fashion, and along with some help from the defencemen, managed to find the net six times.

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Jarome Iginla Nets 500th Goal on Night of Milestones

Calgary 3 – Minnesota 1

In 20 years the story will be top shelf breakaway in overtime. In reality Jarome Iginla’s 500th goal was careened off of two skates and in. Luckily after scoring 500 he wont be remembered for this particular goal, but all of the memories from goals prior. The face of the franchise (rumored to be on the trading block after his 500 goals, I think those are false) delighted the home town crowd with his 3rd period marker that eventually stood up as the game winner.

THe Flames were coming off of their 9-0 beatdown in Beantown with 8 regulars out of the lineup. Nobody really had the Flames pegged to win tonight’s game; most have written off the entire season. Neither are bad predictions; and one is definitely untrue.

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Wretched Display in Beantown – Flames Demolished in Season Low

I shut this one off mid-way through the second. I can, however, tell the Flames to stay in Boston, you’re not wanted back home. Coach Sutter knew before the game even started that the team wasn’t ready. What can you do with a bunch of overpaid players who don’t want to even work hard in practice? The preparation carried over immediately in to the game when the Flames were shown what it’s like to play against an elite NHL club. Calgary looked like little boys playing with grown men.

Every single component of Boston’s game is superior. Goaltending, scoring, skill, speed, size, grit, energy, discipline, work ethic. The only thing different is SALARY. Boston sits about middle of the pack whereas Calgary is 5th.

Time for Wholesale Changes

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Losers Four Times: Calgary 1 – Washington 3

Rene Bourque Dragging Team Down

**Upcoming rant on Bourque, don’t read if you think he’s a great hockey player.**

The Calgary Flames are spiraling downward at a pace that will put the season hopes out of reach by next week. Their inability to even generate shots on goal (paltry 19 tonight) make their play frustrating to watch, but even worse when it comes to generating much needed wins.

Leading the pack in pathetic play is none other than ice cold REne Bourque. I along with other thought that Kelly Hurdeys national call-out of Bourques play was a bit out of line, but given his recent play Bourque could use another reminder. He’s single handedly draggin the team down coasting on every shift, never passing the puck, and taking stupid penalties for no reason that end up hurting the team.

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Garbage in Garbage: Flames Losers Again: Calgary 3 – Nashville 5

The final score does not reflect how badly the Flames were outplayed. We’re used to a 1-0 game between these two teams, but a rare night of average goaltending by Kiprusoff put the Predators ahead. After scoring the first goal early Calgary was consistently outworked and outchanced until the game was out of reach.

It just wouldn’t be Flames hockey if 1/3 of the team didn’t show up.

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