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Flames Disappoint Yet Again: Calgary 1 – Minnesota 2 (SO)

Not much to say about this game. Really boring. Really bad hockey. Really bad for the game to watch the Wild come to town. I wonder how much money teams lose in lost ticket revenue. Needless to say, the Flames can’t score and are in dire need for leadership. Jarome Iginla caused the first goal and was yet again non-existent on offence. Curtis Glencross can be added to that club.

In goal, Leland Irving. Had a solid game, but was clearly taken to school in the shootout. He looked like a minor leaguer the way he bit on every first fake. Calgary picked up Joey MacDonald on waivers, which is a head scratcher since he’s no better than what’s on our farm club.

All in all, a point in a boring game for a team that just can’t get it going.

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2W: Flames 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)

Whew. How about that? An overtime win.

For a while there you thought the curse in Columbus was going to come back and stick it to the Flames yet again. With numerous reasons to fold the tent even before play began, the Calgary Flames picked up their second win in a row in a brief road swing despite taking the first period to warm up.

Prior to puck drop the lineup took a hit. Fans are well aware that starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is out of action for at least a week, probably two. Also out is Sven Baertschi from an injury in practice last week. Adding to the LW woes was a new body, Mike Cammalleri who sat out with a supposed hip flexor injury.

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Crucial Win on Road Swing: Calgary 4 – Detroit 1

Miikka Kiprusoff Leaves Game with Groin Injury

It’s been a while, perhaps never, when fans saw Miikka Kiprusoff not come out for a game he’s started because of injury. That’s what happened in the third period in the first of three games on the road for the league basement dwellers.

Coming off a heartbreaking loss against Chicago, Calgary knew they had to pick up where they left off and hope their play would translate into a win.

Getting things moving was Steve Begin, not with a goal, but a fight. The next shift Jarome Iginla banged home his 1st of the year. 1-0 Flames.

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Haunting Chances Lead to Yet Another Loss: Calgary 2 – Chicago 3 (SO)

Curtis Glencross and Mikael Backlund will be having nightmares of Ray Emery robbing them from point blank and from the GAPING open nets they flat out missed. Yes, the league leading Blackhawks had NO business winning this game let alone competing. Calgary should’ve won 7-2 but alas, that’s not how things turned out.

No. The drive in this team doesn’t last for 60 minutes. Even with a stellar final frame, pulling ahead with a mere 50 seconds, they couldn’t hold on. Chicago tied it with seconds left in the game and then took it in a shootout when Emery continued to shine.

This game was a pure example of how a winning franchise/hockey club finds ways to win games, vs a loser franchise that’s now the worst team in the NHL and will probably stay there for the entire season.

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Kiprusoff Puts in Terrible Game As Flames Fall: Calgary 3 – Avalanche 6

Every game is a must win game in a 48 game season. If you’re the Flames, and you can even be bothered to win games against teams that are less than stellar, to put mildly, then you have no business even showing up, and post-season hopes are out the window. Maybe Pierre Lebrun is right, the ownership is doing everyone a disservice by dragging out this pathetic team till it’s ragged and lifeless.

Calgary certainly did have life versus the Avalanche at home who themselves were playing their second game is as many nights.

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First Win: Calgary 4 – Edmonton 3

Well that’s a bit more like it. Calgary strung together a near 60 minute game to come out victorious against an Edmonton squad that hasn’t bested the Flames for points in ages. With the first win under the belt the team has a better idea what it takes to take two points, namely playing to their potential every shift (do you remember the ‘all out every shift’ campaign?….)

The talk beforehand was the potential benching of Sven Baertschi; a chance to see Calgary’s youth stacked up against Edmonton’s. That plot-line didn’t materialze, the young guns didn’t factor heavily in this game, Baertschi practically non-existant.

There were other gamers tonight that brought their hat and pail, the likes of Bouwmeester and Iginla for starters.

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Shootout Loss: Calgary 2 – Vancouver 3 (SO)

What’s it going to take for this team to put together a victory? Three games in and nothing. Things look to be tightening up, but in a short season if all you’re taking from games is ‘positives’ you’re a losing team at the end of the day.

Both teams entered the contest looking for their first victory. Calgary got off to what seems to be their usual start–nice a slow and behind the eight ball. Thankfully they didn’t drop down 3 goals. They waited until the second period before going down two.

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Half & Half: Flames 4 – Anaheim 5

After 40 minutes worth of funk a night before in the home opener, Flames bench boss practically guaranteed, “we will be better”. Well after the first 20 minutes of this game one had to wonder. 3-0, early goals, the team playing demonstrably bad. Fans rolling their eyes and the coach clearly incapable of leading his troops. Leading the way with his second straight lackluster game, Jay Bouwmeester, lolly gagging around the ice -2 before 15 minutes were even done. Every time I see that guy I remember ‘Darryl Sutter’ and the bygone era that’s left a bad taste in my mouth.

It’s a bitter taste that’s crippled this team.

But here we are, new year, new faces, still weak at center (paging Hudler and Cervenka….) and down 0-3 early. The worst possible scenario.

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Season Opener Fail: Calgary 1 – San Jose 4

Maybe a coaching change can’t help this team after all. It’s not a full ‘rebuild’ so any talk about ‘look at the positives coming out of this’ is a moot point–there’s not time to ‘look at the positives’.

After a lengthy lockout that ended with the start of a shortened season, the Calgary Flames opened the 2012-2013 season at home versus the San Jose Sharks. Whether you’re boycotting the game (or the entire season as many have), or you’re crawling back to NHL hockey, there was a certain level of excitement in the air this weekend in Cowtown.

Most NHL pundits have pitted Calgary to finished somewhere near the bottom of the league. Lack of talent, lack of grit, lack of pretty much everything–nobody has the Flames even close to entering the playoff picture.

On paper the opening season lineup looks like a bottom basement dweller team. The likes of career 4th line plugger Steve Begin factored in as the starting 4th line center somehow. Admittedly, he did put up OK faceoff stats, and his penalty killing was good, but apart from that you have to wonder why? Lack of talent is apparent especially given the Flames are missing two key pieces from their off-season acquisitions–Roman Cervenka and Jiri Hudler. Both play center, an empty space for the Flames currently.

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Season Closes With Win: Calgary 5 – Anaheim 2

Well the Flames ended the season with two wins, but overall it’s one of the worst in recent memory. Calgary chalked up a measly 90 points good for 10th (or 9th) in the Western Conference.

There were a few bright spots throughout the year, we’ll cover that in a post-season article. For the most part it was biter disappointment that should lead to some of the most turnover in the lineup during the off season in some time.

This afternoon’s tilt was boring for all the normal reasons. Two teams playing for no purpose, afternoon game, everyone looking for a quick exit.

Akim Aliu obviously had different ideas.

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