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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Gutsy Move By Feaster: Flames Sign C Ryan O’Reilly to Offer Sheet

The Flames must have had a tough time convincing another NHL team to part ways with a competent centerman for their glut of defencemen. Visiting Colorado tonight, Calgary also made a splash in the visiting city by tendering an offer sheet to Ryan O’Reilly which he accepted.

Because O’Reilly is a restricted free agent the Avalanche are awarded compensation based on his RFA class which means Calgary’s 1st and 3rd round picks. But before that, the Avs have 7 days to contemplate whether they will match the offer.

Vancouver apparently tried luring O’Reilly, a highly touted offensive centerman, but the two year deal offered by the Flames, and a chance to play on the to lines, was apparently too good to pass up.

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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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Flames Lame Again: Phoenix 4 – Calgary 0

After a great performance last night versus Dallas the Flames put in another stinker. Every other game the same thing is observed: Despite a change of the coaching staff the Calgary Flames are not a consistent hockey club.

That means the finger points straight to the players lead by the non-existent captain. Granted, there’s no natural centerman to speak of on this club, but when Matt Stajan is consistently your best player, you know something is wrong.

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Gutsy Win: Calgary 4 – Dallas 3

The last 24 hours has been a bit of whirlwind, all of which hasn’t really left the Flames any better off. First, Leland Irving demoted to the farm club never to return (we hope). Next up, a surprising move to all, Blair Jones off to the minors. The second natural NHL center (the other being the mighty Matt Stajan) gone.

Me thinks there was a plan to have him claimed (perhaps on reentry waivers?) But needless to say the Flames sit at 49 contracts with a bunch of spare parts.

Somehow the team actually cobbled together a lineup for their brief 2 game road swing. The last time Calgary played Dallas it was a blowout of sorts–7-4 for Calgary. This time around you knew Dallas would bring a better game.

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Appalling Hockey. Flames 2 – St Louis 5

The point of games in hand is to win games in hand. The MO for the Calgary Flames is to squander every opportunity. What was supposed to change in the new coaching regime — consistency — appears to be a moot point. It seems, finally, cats out of the bag: there’s not other way to explain inconsistent and pathetic hockey other than the players.

After an offensive explosion in the previous game, the Flames used up all their mojo it would seem. Not going to dissect this one, but here are some keys to the loss:

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