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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Flames Disappoint Yet Again: Calgary 1 – Minnesota 2 (SO)

Not much to say about this game. Really boring. Really bad hockey. Really bad for the game to watch the Wild come to town. I wonder how much money teams lose in lost ticket revenue. Needless to say, the Flames can’t score and are in dire need for leadership. Jarome Iginla caused the first goal and was yet again non-existent on offence. Curtis Glencross can be added to that club.

In goal, Leland Irving. Had a solid game, but was clearly taken to school in the shootout. He looked like a minor leaguer the way he bit on every first fake. Calgary picked up Joey MacDonald on waivers, which is a head scratcher since he’s no better than what’s on our farm club.

All in all, a point in a boring game for a team that just can’t get it going.

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2W: Flames 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)

Whew. How about that? An overtime win.

For a while there you thought the curse in Columbus was going to come back and stick it to the Flames yet again. With numerous reasons to fold the tent even before play began, the Calgary Flames picked up their second win in a row in a brief road swing despite taking the first period to warm up.

Prior to puck drop the lineup took a hit. Fans are well aware that starting goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is out of action for at least a week, probably two. Also out is Sven Baertschi from an injury in practice last week. Adding to the LW woes was a new body, Mike Cammalleri who sat out with a supposed hip flexor injury.

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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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