It comes down to this….well actually the last five games are all ‘it comes down to this’ games. Tonight was particularly important because Calgary was playing the Avalanche who were two points ahead of the FLames holding the 8th and final playoff spot. A win would give the Flames a chance, a loss would probably end it for good. 2 weeks ago I thought it was all over, and in many ways it is, but Calgary still has a glimmer of hope to make the post-season this year.
Both teams got off to a tentative start trading chances in the first period. No goals and a couple of PP chances for the Flames summed up the first.
A few defensive breakdowns by Colorado in the second meant Calgary scored both of their goals in the middle period. Nigel Dawes and Cory Sarich tallied for the Flames.
Colorado in turn made a game of it by drawing within 1 in the third. For the last 10 minutes it was all Colorado all the time. If it wasn’t for some massive game saving stops by Miikka Kiprusoff this game would have been tied and perhaps sent to OT. Instead, the Flames weathered the storm and stole the two points in a crucial divisional game.
No chance for rest, a harder test comes Sunday afternoon against Chicago.
Notes: Jarome Iginla still hasn’t scored, it’s been 12 games. He also forgot how to play defense and was the main reason why the Avs drew within one.