Pre-Season is still proving to be a bummer despite more veterans in the line up. Entering the game without a win in the pre-season tilt Calgary entered the home game looking to tie up some loose ends. With only Boyd, Sutter, and Hale in the line up (no Aucoin or Tanguay), one would expect a better effort. Unfortunately, the first two minutes were horror. Two quick goals alluding Kiprusoff put the Flames behind 0-2 early.
Nothing to Worry About…Yet
The Flames aren’t clicking, can’t connect, and seemed lethargic on the ice. IF you are expecting Keenan to explode on the bench then you’ll be disappointed. Luckily after the second broken glass pane delay of the game Calgary quickly got on the PP and managed to capture a goal from Huselius.
Calgary seemed to slowly and surely regain their legs as the game wore on. San Jose weren’t about to give up without a fight, especially given they had the same amount of talent in their line up.
If anybody thought that Kristian Huselius was going to be in the dog house this year with his old coach you thought wrong. So long as Huselius plays hard and with heart he’ll be fine. Promoted to the top line after some strong play he potted his second of the game after some nice pressure by Daymond Langkow late in the second.
With a bit of momentum Godard dropped the gloves and dusted up San Jose’s Murray. Godard has a place on the team and Keenan is dedicated to play him more this year especially give the success of Anaheim last year and their ‘goon’ policy.
San Jose took the game to the Flames which proves there is still lots of work to be done. Apart from a third period powerplay Calgary was dominated. Despite the third period performance Calgary would get a chance in OT to steal a pretend two points.
A late penalty gave SJ a 4-3 PP in the OT period. Solid penalty killing gave Calgary a late chance to play 4-4, but alas, nothing would be solved in OT which meant it was time for the SO (shoot out). The shoot out situation would roll out as such.
Flames Iginla – X
Sharks Cheechoo – SCORE
Flames Nolan – SCORE
Sharks – SAVE
Flames Huselius – SCORE
Sharks Marleau – SCORE
Flames Conroy – SCORE
Sharks Brown – GOAL POST
First win of the pre-season, something to build upon. GO FLAMES.