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Flames Bounce Leafs: Calgary 5 – Toronto 1

Calgary has now picked up points in their last six games, and sit just 3 points out of 6th position in the race for the playoffs. A far cry to the November debacle. Although every game from here on in counts, the Flames look like a team that has confidence and is ready to battle for wins over 60 minute stretches. On the other hand, the team also looks like the Flames of yesteryear when the top line–the only line–did most of the damage offensive. Same holds true recently due to the spat of injuries.

A shout-out to Leaf fans at the rink. I can’t believe you still cheer so hardcore for a team that’s done nothing but lose for the past 20 years.

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Massive Win: Calgary 3 – Vancouver 2 (SO)

Sorry for the late post, it was stuck in ‘draft’

First things first, Calgary, missing their second and third lines almost entirely, overcame massive adversity to capture two very important points in their sometimes futile race for the playoffs. Coming into the game the Flames new the Balir Jones would be lost for the season after blocking a shot in Pheonix, that left the Flames with 3 centerman. Today Backlund went down with an apparently shoulder injury which further puts the Flames behind at center.

Before we go further. What’s with the ‘LOOOOUUUUU’ chants? Luongo made maybe one good save on Iginla’s breakaway. Other than not much going on. Everyone in Vancouver knows the #1 is now Cory Schneider. Frankly, all the ‘LOOOUUU’ chants for average saves has probably inflated the goalie’s ego to the point he can’t make basic saves!

Every time I hear ‘fans’ do this I can’t help but think of doing this in my head. (Of course, don’t do it for real, just watch the video to get it out of your system.)

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Flames Squandering Golden Opportunities: Calgary 1 – Phoenix 2 (SO)

The Phoenix Coyotes not only have no names on their team, but they have nobody in their arena. Half filled with Flames fans, and half filled with ticket giveaways, the rink with what looked like 9000 strong watched their team work just that bit harder than the visiting squad to net two invaluable points in the playoff race.

A Flames win would’ve put them one point out of 8th. They couldn’t even muster that. Injuries continue to mount as Alex Tanguay played sparingly after taking a puck to the face. Yet another blow to the Flames offence, one they can’t take anymore of. But for what it’s worth, Calgary had their chances but fell short. They can blame fatigue with their back to back game but bottom line they couldn’t find a way to win or carry their momentum from SJ’s win forward. That’s what playoff teams do and this team has demonstrated they can’t make it happen.

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Jokinen and Kiprusoff Lead Flames to Crucial Win: Calgary 4 – San Jose 3

I always knew that this year’s much cheaper version of Jokinen would be a welcomed addition to the Flames lineup. He currently leads the team in points and is also leading the playoff push playing some of his best hockey in the past 5 seasons.

Tonight he was dominant with the first line (the only scoring line unfortunately) notching his 7th career hat-trick for a four point night on the way to a hard fought win and crucial two points. It was only a matter of days ago when Jokinen got his first goal of 2012. The tongue in cheek solution to his scoring woes? A McDonalds Big Mac. Even though it made him a bit sick to the stomach it seems to be working :P.

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Flames Squander Points: Calgary 2 – Anaheim 3 (SO)

The largely ineffective Nik Hagman had the last laugh in the shoot-out, in the 8th round no less, to sink the Flames in a game where they NEEDED two points. I suppose every game is a MUST-WIN, but it becomes more apparent when you’re playing bottom basement dwelling teams of which the Flames have a complete inability to beat.

Anaheim itself has been the bane of the Calgary Flames existence, they haven’t won there in now 14 contests.

Flames Hang Kipper Out

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Inadequate: Calgary 1 – Detroit 3

Just like the Sharks, just like Chicago on Friday, Calgary can’t beat playoff calibre teams. They come up short, not by much, but how much you lose is irrelevant. Biggest problems are defensive breakdowns and issues at center-ice. Solution? None at this time of the year.

Calgary has the same amount of points coming into this game as they did last year, albeit 150 more man games lost. Albeit, the team should in theory look better on paper. It’s going to be an interesting two weeks, the season could very well be over.

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Flames Can’t Beat Playoff Caliber Team

Calgary 0 – San Jose 1

Quite simply lack of offence killed the Flames tonight. Their lack of offence is evident as well. The largest problem is down the middle. As we get healthy on the wings there’s a clear chasm between Jokinen and then everyone else below him. We have a second line center in Jokinen, then three other fourth line guys.

The good news is Calgary is close to contending which sets up for an interesting stretch run. They are in the exact same place this year as they were last. So anything can happen.

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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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