Flames 5 – Wild 1

Flames 5 – Wild 1

For some reason the Calgary Flames can beat the Minnesota Wild. They aren’t particularly good against teams with a better record, but the Wild, they swept the season series. Here’s the post-game. Coming off the All-Star break the Flames have a light schedule for the first half of February. They’ll have to win the few games they have, and watch the standings as teams like LA and St Louis pick up steam and games in hand. Tonight the Flames from…

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Much Needed Win: Calgary 3 – Ottawa 2 (OT)

Much Needed Win: Calgary 3 – Ottawa 2 (OT)

The Flames are back in the win column but that doesn’t mean they’ve solved their problems, which are significant, particularly on 5v5 play. The inability to generate offence 5v5 is killing the team. It’s only tonight that the lines finally got a major shakeup, save for the defence, where Dennis Wideman continues to play a regular shift. Why he was on the ice with one minute left is anybody but the coach’s guess. Keys to the victory: great forecheck, good…

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Flames Bashed in Battle of Alberta Sweep

Flames Bashed in Battle of Alberta Sweep

Calgary 3 – Edmonton 7 For the first time since the 80s, the Edmonton Oilers swept the season series of the Battle of Alberta. In perhaps the most important game of the season, the Flames put up their worst effort of the season. We know Edmonton is an improved team, ten years of draft wins will do that, what we didn’t know was how BAD the Flames are and how many missing pieces they have, some of which could be…

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Back on Track With Win Over Florida

Back on Track With Win Over Florida

Flames 7 5 – Panthers 2 The first period looked a little shaky. Florida seem to control most of the play and got on board first. in fact, both goals by Trochek were spitting images of each other going top glove side on Chad Johnson. Calgary has had significant problems generating offence even strength, relying too heavily on their power-play unit. That didn’t seem to be changing through one period; the only lineup change was on the fourth with Hathaway…

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Worst Effort of the Season: Flames 1 – Devils 2

Worst Effort of the Season: Flames 1 – Devils 2

No wonder the ‘Dome is 1/3 empty for home games, pathetic efforts like tonight. The Flames have been relying on stalwart goaltending and their third line to get wins (special teams have been special as of late too). But that’s it. After that, the system and coaching decisions are killing the team. When they play teams struggling to enter the playoff picture they crap the bed. Zero effort, hardly any offensive zone production. This team will be hammered tomorrow against…

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Flames 3 – SJ 2 and how we notice officiating every single game

Flames 3 – SJ 2 and how we notice officiating every single game

That was a hard fought game and mostly fun to watch. Back and forth where at times when you wondered if the Flames could hold back the relentless SJ forecheck. Give the first star to Chad Johnson, who repeatedly bailed the team out, twice on breakaways, one with seconds left in the game. Defensively the team is giving up chances like it’s October, offensively CHiasson continues to rack up more minutes. Yes, there are still huge problems for this team,…

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Calgary Flames 4 – Colorado Avalanche 1

Calgary Flames 4 – Colorado Avalanche 1

The Avs aren’t very good, and Calgary’s special teams are. Put those two together and it’s an easy two points for the good guys. Here are a few highlights from tonight’s game. Shut out for Brian Elliott, oh just kidding, Colorado scores with 1.30 left in the game. Kris Versteeg seems to enjoy hitting players with the puck, ringing one off an Avs player late in the third. He was the one who shot the puck of the end of…

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Special Teams Are Special in Flames Win

Special Teams Are Special in Flames Win

Calgary 4 – Arizona 2 You are supposed to beat Arizona. I may not be easy but you’re supposed to take those two points on the worst team in the league (maybe the worst franchise?). Calgary squeak out two points thanks largely to the play of their special teams. At the beginning of the season the power-play and the penalty kill were less than stellar. In fact, they were at the bottom of the week. With the winning ways of…

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Flames Dropped at Home vs Lightning

Flames Dropped at Home vs Lightning

The Calgary Flames came into tonight’s game vs. their nemesis Tampa Bay Lightning (why does Florida have two teams? Anybody?) riding a six game winning streak. Two things were lost, the Flames winning streak, and their chances of every getting a day off in the future. With some breathing room in the schedule the team got a full extra day off, and rewarded home town faithful with a flat pathetic effort. The Flames were coasting after the first five, got…

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