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Game 2 – Flames Win First of 2013 Season

Calgary 4 – Columbus 3

Well, it’s not dump and chase hockey, it’s actually exciting most of the time, at both ends of the ice. Sometimes it looks like a defensive zone fire drill, but this year’s Flames are certainly different. New faces everywhere and with them come new zeal. It’s only been two games but there’s certainly a different feel to the club, particularly in consistency.

Taking 3 of a possible 4 points after tonight’s win means the Flames play their season opener against the Canucks on TOP of the Pacific Division (how many times will we be able to say that this year?)

Second game is as many nights with two lineup changes. In goal, Joey MacDonald, who picked up from where he left off last year–offering competent backup goaltending. Joe Colborne, recent acquisition from Toronto, factored in the lineup for the injured Matt Stajan. He’s a big body but looked out of place and slow.

Calgary’ all around even strength game looked good against Columbus, a playoff team last year, and perhaps slightly less talent than a Caps squad from the night earlier. That’s good news for the Flames given they were able to keep pace despite all the consistent talk on the opposite from NHL pundits.

Special teams is the concern, ineffective on the PP and in need of real help on the PK. Having more consistency in the place we all knew would suffer, the faceoff dot, will help. It’s hard to believe the Flames could get worse on draws, but so far they’re not so great.

Final Notes: Baertschi continues to try to find his way, albeit playing a more rounded game. McGrattan taking space on th ebench with his four minutes a game…..although he did draw two penalties. Derek Smith and Tim Jackman healthy scratches. Mike Cammalleri still on the mend with a hand injury. Sean Monahan with his first NHL goal. He looks good, albeit small, and if he’s play continues to improve over the next 6 games he might stick.

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Flames 2013 Season Opener – Worst Team in History? Flames Drop Season Opener

Calgary 4 – Capitals 5 (SO)

That’s what the pundits are saying, this Flames roster is ‘up there’ as one of the worst. Hockey ‘analysts’ (honestly, I give the same credence to awesome bloggers as I do to TSN ‘analysts’ *cough*Aaron Ward*cough*), pit the Flames to finish no lower than 30 (you can’t go any lower).

Is this team really THAT bad? Is this really a revamped but worse version of the ‘Young Guns’ from the mid 90s? ‘Hard work’ was the name of the game back then and it still holds true today. Competing every game will be the calling card for this squad. Chances for the young prospects to shine, and no-name goalies to showcase their wares will be innumerable.

For the first period in the season opener on the road in Washington the Flames silenced all the pundits. 3-0 going into the second intermission. But alas, classic Flames, the lead was squandered in a hurry.

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Flames Falter: Calgary 1 – Vancouver 4

Calgary continues their torrid pace to the bottom of the league, which at this point means a first round draft pick (they they’ll no doubt squander on some unknown college kid). Playing Vancouver for the second time in 3 games was much of the same. Calgary dominating despite playing half their AHL club, and Vancouver pulling it out in the end.

For Flames fans they don’t really expect a win, so a loss is good in a sense. For Vancouver fans, they’ll enjoy the win, but the simple fact remains if Vancouver is consistently outworked and dominated for 52 minutes by Calgary’s AHL squad, they’ll at BEST make a second round playoff performance. THat’s a guarantee.

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One Word Post Game: Calgary 2 – Edmonton 8

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Still Lame on the Road: Calgary 3 – Nashville 5

Calgary had all the opportunities to win this game but defensive breakdowns and a complete lack of offence meant yet another road loss.

Double Standards: Protect the Goalies

Most fans will be lambasting the referees for their shoddy calls all game. True enough, the refs were abysmal, in one simple area–protecting the goalies.

The referees as a whole seems to have a level of cowardice when calling goaltender interference. Given the level of crease crashing one has to think it’s a directive from above to be relaxed in the crease. Now sometimes they get it right. Tanguay’s goal was waved off because he was parked in the crease. Fine, that makes sense, but twice Kiprusoff was run over and no calls made.

That’s pathetic and needs to be addressed.

The Flames on the other hand, nothing can save them now, and for once, fans are all in agreement: time to blow it up. Start with Feaster, move to Boumeester, and try to get return on Iginla. Throw in Kipper for good measure. But that’s another post.

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Flames Post Two in a Row: Glencross with HatTrick

The Calgary Flames capitalized on a shaky Pekka Rinne and a tired Nashville Predator lineup by potting 6 goals en route to a 6-3 victory and their second win in a row. The Flames currently sit near the bottom of the Western Conference and fans are starting to jump on the ‘blow it all up’ wagon in droves.

If the Flames can string together a solid run maybe there’s hope, but we’ve never seen an extended Flames run in years, perhaps decades, so this short lived success will eventually come crashing down.

In the meantime, the Flames did put together a solid effort including Curtis Glencross’ team leading 12th goal to cap off his second career hat-trick. He’s the league’s bargain at 2 million / season.

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Two In a Row: Calgary 4 – San Jose 1

Maybe they took advantage of a tired team playing their second game is as many nights. Maybe they have just the right mix to start winning games. Whatever the cause, Calgary appears to be an improved team with the meagre tinkering that’s gone on in the past few days.

Added to the mix, Miikka Kiprusoff’s return to the lineup after missing a month of hockey. He looked sharp and no worse for wear. Next up Mikael Backlund will return to the fold.

Can the Flames piece together a final run to the playoffs (only to face the so far unbeaten Blackhawks?) Anything is possible, but they need to string together more than two wins in a row before fans will be convinced this isn’t another one of their ‘two steps forward, three steps back’…..

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Pathetic Flames Squander Four Goal Lead

Season over?

It seems every 3rd post-game report by FlamesForum contains ‘pathetic Flames’. Well, they certainly are. Given chance after chance to make hay and move ahead in the rankings, they squander it due to lazy play and atrocious defensive zone coverage. Continuously a step behind the top line, TJ Brodie, and crappy rebound control, contributed to the shocking loss.

The night was marred by Calgary’s splash in the Ryan O’Reilly sweepstakes. Colorado played their cards right and took all the credit after matching Calgary’s offer. The Flames in turn got beat off the ice, then folded the tent on the ice.

Pathetic. Oops, said that already.

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Pathetic Power Play: Calgary 1 – Minnesota 2 (OT)

Why does Minnesota even have a hockey club? The owners spent huge money to bring big names but they play trap hockey that puts the most hyper child to sleep. So sad for such a hockey city.

Calgary was looking to make it three wins in a row but were foiled. Players know the rules, what players or fans do’nt want is referees deciding games. Have to check the film on Giordano’s penalty, but he was called for freezing the puck with his glove, which from what I saw was a push.

Tonight, refs handed Minnesota two much needed points. The Flames, however, have only themselves to blame. Their powerplay was pathetic. 1 shot on a 5 minute PP, no shots on a 4 minute PP in the third. Terrible. Same old hapless Flames sitting their skilled players in favour of mish mashed lines.

That’s it, no point covering a boring game and an even more painful powerplay.

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Clutch Win: Calgary 5 – Phoenix 4

Well that was unexpected. Two wins in a row, a win back-to-back, and a come from behind win, all that with only one natural center in the line-up (and that’s Matt Stajan).

The Flames need wins to stay in contention for a playoff spot that’s starting to disappear in the distance. There are so many things going against the club, but at least for fans, the hockey is usually more exciting in years past.

Tonight, the fourth line got things going with Tim Jackman chipping in a goal. Any 4th line point production is going to help the club. Roman Cervenka with the assist, he factored back into the lineup after being a healthy scratch yet only played under 3 minutes tonight.

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