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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2012-2013 Calgary Flames TV Schedule

The Final schedule has been released and all games will be on TV as they were last year. All games are also on Fan 960 on your AM dial. Don’t forget post-game reports here at FlamesForum and comments on Twitter @flamesstamps

JANUARY 2013

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (MT) TV
SUN, 20 JAN 2013 SHARKS FLAMES 4:00 PM SN
MON, 21 JAN 2013 DUCKS FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
WED, 23 JAN 2013 FLAMES CANUCKS 8:00 PM SN
SAT, 26 JAN 2013 OILERS FLAMES 8:00 PM CBC
THU, 31 JAN 2013 AVALANCHE FLAMES 7:00 PM SN

 

FEBRUARY 2013

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (MT) TV NETWORK
SAT, 2 FEB 2013 BLACKHAWKS FLAMES 8:00 PM CBC
TUE, 5 FEB 2013 FLAMES RED WINGS 5:30 PM SN
THU, 7 FEB 2013 FLAMES BLUE JACKETS 5:00 PM SN
SAT, 9 FEB 2013 FLAMES CANUCKS 8:00 PM CBC
MON, 11 FEB 2013 WILD FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
WED, 13 FEB 2013 STARS FLAMES 7:30 PM TSN
FRI, 15 FEB 2013 BLUES FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
SUN, 17 FEB 2013 FLAMES STARS 1:00 PM SN
MON, 18 FEB 2013 FLAMES COYOTES 7:00 PM SN
WED, 20 FEB 2013 KINGS FLAMES 8:00 PM TSN
SAT, 23 FEB 2013 WILD FLAMES 8:00 PM CBC
SUN, 24 FEB 2013 COYOTES FLAMES 6:00 PM SN
TUE, 26 FEB 2013 FLAMES WILD 6:00 PM SN
THU, 28 FEB 2013 FLAMES AVALANCHE 7:00 PM SN

 

MARCH 2013

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (MT) TV NETWORK
SUN, 3 MAR 2013 CANUCKS FLAMES 6:00 PM SNF
WED, 6 MAR 2013 SHARKS FLAMES 7:30 PM SN
FRI, 8 MAR 2013 FLAMES DUCKS 8:30 PM SN
SAT, 9 MAR 2013 FLAMES KINGS 8:00 PM CBC
MON, 11 MAR 2013 FLAMES KINGS 8:00 PM SN
WED, 13 MAR 2013 RED WINGS FLAMES 7:30 PM TSN
FRI, 15 MAR 2013 PREDATORS FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
MON, 18 MAR 2013 FLAMES STARS 6:30 PM SN
THU, 21 MAR 2013 FLAMES PREDATORS 6:00 PM SN
FRI, 22 MAR 2013 FLAMES BLUE JACKETS 5:00 PM SN
SUN, 24 MAR 2013 BLUES FLAMES 6:00 PM SN
TUE, 26 MAR 2013 FLAMES BLACKHAWKS 6:30 PM SN
WED, 27 MAR 2013 AVALANCHE FLAMES 8:00 PM TSN
FRI, 29 MAR 2013 BLUE JACKETS FLAMES 7:00 PM SN

 

APRIL 2013

DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (MT) TV NETWORK
MON, 1 APR 2013 FLAMES OILERS 7:30 PM SN
WED, 3 APR 2013 OILERS FLAMES 8:00 PM SN
FRI, 5 APR 2013 FLAMES SHARKS 8:30 PM SN
SAT, 6 APR 2013 FLAMES CANUCKS 8:00 PM CBC, NHLN-US
MON, 8 APR 2013 FLAMES AVALANCHE 7:00 PM SN
WED, 10 APR 2013 CANUCKS FLAMES 7:30 PM SNF
FRI, 12 APR 2013 COYOTES FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
SAT, 13 APR 2013 FLAMES OILERS 8:00 PM CBC
MON, 15 APR 2013 WILD FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
WED, 17 APR 2013 RED WINGS FLAMES 7:30 PM TSN
FRI, 19 APR 2013 DUCKS FLAMES 7:00 PM SN
SUN, 21 APR 2013 FLAMES WILD 4:00 PM SN
TUE, 23 APR 2013 FLAMES PREDATORS 6:00 PM SN
THU, 25 APR 2013 FLAMES BLUES 6:00 PM  
FRI, 26 APR 2013 FLAMES BLACKHAWKS 6:30 PM TSN

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2012-2013 Calgary Flames Stanley Cup Run

FlamesForum readers welcome back! A new season is finally upon us and regardless of where you sit on the collective bargaining debacle if you have any ounce of interest in hockey then you’re sure to be curious about this year’s Calgary Flames.

Pundits have put the Flames at the bottom of the heap. Perhaps it’s the hometown rose-coloured glasses, but we have a hard time seeing the Flames as the 3rd least likely team to win the cup (as per Vegas odds). Calgary is a better team than the one that missed the post-season last season finishing in 9th. The problem? So is everyone else.

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2012-2013 NHL Saved – Short Season Arrives

The waiting finally ended much to the delight of hardcore fans, owners, players, and probably the most thankful, all the people who work in the service industry who’ve taken a hit with the absence of hockey. It’s true, in a country that claims the game, no NHL leaves the land a bit quiet, almost too quiet.

The NHL didn’t win any friends with this work stoppage. Perhaps not fresh in the minds of fans, but certainly within memory, the notion of no NHL left many perplexed and annoyed. The question of course, is how many of the fans who swore to give up everything hockey will eventually come crawling back.

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