Calgary Flames Just Can’t Produce On Ice
This team’s gotta be bi-polar. Fresh off their most recent California shalacking against the lowly Kings, Calgary came out with a taste of bitterness against the Ducks. A sense of urgency, something that’s seen every other game for this team, was injected into their play as bodies were flying and the forecheck was moving.
Eric Godard got things moving for a change, picking up a legit 5 minutes with his fist-a-cuffs with tough guy Perros. We’ll call it a draw in the fight, but the team was dragged into the battle.
Daymond Langkow opened the scoring on the powerplay roofing a nice shot shortside against Giguere. Not 5 seconds later Bertuzzi broke in alone but couldn’t be the glove hand of Kipper–yes, all cylinders were firing during the first. The second, different story.
The whole bi-polar thing reared its ugly head. 17 second in Calgary breaks down and Getzalf pounds home his first goal in 12 games. Not to be out done, the Ducks fire 3 more unanswered goals while the Flames hum and hawed around the net or just took some dumb penalties. Real nice from a team looking to apparently make the playoffs.
The third period was better? Think again. The teams hacked back and forth and the newly formed grind line of Nilson-Primeau-Yelle chipped in for the goal. Other than that, only a handful of players showed grit, and most of it way too late. Nolan, Iggy, Regher, all getting into scraps, but nothing really worth noting since the scoreboard didn’t change.
Where to next? Game 3 of 5 in their road trip, and perhaps another loss. Good thing every other team in the NW division are crapping their pants too. But make no mistake–Calgary will loose their playoff spot in two game and won’t reclaim it unless something major happens in the room.