In order for Calgary to move out of the ‘basement’ of playoff team they have to–gasp–win hockey games. With back-to-back games against Minnesota, Calgary would have a chance to draw to within three points of the top place team in the NW division with two wins.
So how would Calgary fair against one of the hottest teams in the NHL? Well not so well. The old Flames showed up, getting a slow start, forwards too board to help on defense, defensemen running around nonstop. Fans could only shake their heads all game as Minnesota literally skated circles around Calgary all game.
But wait, how did it end up being 0-0 after two periods (first period goal by Parrish disallowed)? Only one player decided to show up tonight, literally one player, and that was Kiprusoff. It’s nice to see him pick up his game, it’s a disgrace that the coach can’t prepare the team to play hard, honest, and gritty hockey. There were moments in the second where Calgary cycled down low, but in reality, players were asleep.
For example: Conroy, totally asleep, useless again upfront, losing battles defensively. Iginla, asleep, no defensive coverage, and is continually getting beat game in and out by rookie defencemen. When was the last time this guy scored? He’s either not interested in leading this team or injured. The entire 4th line was asleep. The entire six D men were asleep. How can Minnesota literally control the puck for two minutes repeatedly in the Flames zone? What an embarrassment.
The third period was a bit better. The Flames actually exchanged momentum with the Wild. The majority of shots, however, for Calgary came from the point. Speaking of shots, Jarome and Conroy had zero all night. Why the team can’t play third periods for three periods is beyond me, they’d win more games that’s for sure.
Midway through the third Huselius inadvertently clipped Burns with a high-stick which gave Minnesota the two minute powerplay. Calgary would kill another chance, but of course, you can’t win yourself if you can’t score.
The Flames would get a chance late in the third period with their second powerplay of the night. The second best PK in the league showed Calgary why they are a second rate team…. Well mind you, if PP effectiveness was the judge then both teams would be second rate. Calgary wouldn’t score and the Wild would increase their dominance with the added momentum.
How would this game end? Not soon enough for Calgary, but it was still 0-0 late into the third. To Calgary a tie doesn’t really help, especially if the Wild get two. Things would be wild late in the third. End-to-end action would go back and forth, Huselius missed an open net, Kipper made a huge save in the other direction.
With only 6 total shots between the teams (in true boring Wild fashion) Calgary would get a late PP with 1.5 minutes left in the game. How would Calgary fair? The top line centered by Langkow would hit the ice with Tanguay on the point. Huselius would dangle and dangle and Langkow would get a shot off but Backstrom was equal to the task.
Overtime would ensure, with Calgary getting a brief chance with the man advantage. Calgary would have glorious chances but couldn’t hit the net. They could have stole two points in a game they didn’t deserve to be in but couldn’t pull it off in OT.
Off to a shoot out again. Remembering the last time these teams went, the Wild wanted to exact revenge in the SO and Kipper wanted to improve on his recent SO success.
Calgary got one point, and now they went off for two in the SO. The order would follow like so:
Tanguay SCORES! Top Corner.
Demitra X – Save Kipper
Jarome SCORES! Five Hole.
Rolston (will he slap it?) KIPPER SAVES!
Calgary would hand the Wild their first loss in nine. Kipper was the reason why this game wasn’t VERY VERY VERY embarrassing. The battle of the goalies falls to Kipper. Rematch Thursday. That one is on TV, head to the bar for that one, it’s going to be a doozy.