The Flames entered one of the toughest buildings in the league to face the Sabres who are the second best team in the NHL. There were times when you were holding onto your seat and Buffalo danced around Calgary defencemen, but the Flames also had their odd-man chances.
CBC Continues Horrid Coverage
The one draw back to an otherwise exciting game was the exceptional bad play by play and interviews. Who is the blond bimbo who knows nothing about hockey? And man alive, cut backs must be hitting the CBC hard because Mark Lee is bar none the worst commentator in Canadian sports. Let the guy cover track and field during the Olympics. I remember his coverage for the Grey Cup game was exceptional boring, today was no exception.
Back to the game. The first period saw Calgary trade chances with Buffalo. Many odd-man rushes went back and forth, but the Sabers certainly reveled some flaws in the Calgary defence. Nonetheless, Calgary was first to hit the scoreboard off a David Moss goal. It was later disallowed as Moss displayed a kicking motion with his leg.
Later, after plenty of power play chances, Kristian Huselius extended his point streak to 15 games with a pretty goal at the end of the first powerplay chance. Why he was playing on the third line to start the game is beyond me.
Buffalo would tie the game in the second period after Vanek exposed some soft play by Calgary. Craig Conroy display why LA shipped him North after he coasted to his man, Warrener then tried to compensate which left Vanek wide open. He got his 29th goal with a nice deek on Kiprusoff who was playing solid up to that point.
The third period provided semi-excitement. Moss scored his first (Second) goal of the game on the PP with a nice out-of-the-air tip in. This put the Flames up 2-1 and you would think they could finally put things away given yet another lead.
Of course, the Flames have been lacking defensively and it showed yet again. Rhett Warrener made his second mistake that lead to yet another goal by hanging out in front of his own net leaving hotdog Briere uncovered. 2-2 was the score after the goal, which meant, you guessed it, OT.
Calgary has played poor in OT and Buffalo dominates. The result in this game? Some of the most exciting hockey to-date. Albeit, Calgary was badly outplayed, they managed to have a few odd-man rushes and goal posts before the shoot-out began.
As Buffaflo dominates OT periods, they dominate shootouts as well. Furthermore, Calgary can’t score, nor can Kiprusoff save anything (on the SO that is). This time was different. First and third shooters were stopped by Kiprusoff. In fact, the man actually used a POKECHECK. Yes folks, you heard me, a pokecheck. Unfortunately, coaching decisions put players who can’t score (Lombardi same move X, Phanuef shot X, Huselius hot dog move, X) and the Flames lost yet another game.
Notes: No time to cry, 4PM start against Detroit tomorrow. Iginla and Tanguay were left out of the shootout, Godard played less than 2 minutes.