A couple of firsts in a game that Calgary somehow hung in and tied up. First, Reto Berra made his home debut. He faced over 30 shots and was steady less two goals he had no chance on. Ladislav Smid also played his first game in the Red thanks to a recent trade with the Oilers. Not sure how Calgary walked away with this one, he’s a steal and apart from a salary dump, Edmonton got hosed.
The game was all SJ. Take a look at our tweets for some game time tweets @FlamesStamps. You’ll note the tirade on Patrick Marleau who’s horrendous dive in the first led to his own PP goal. Calgary got revenge when Stajan (the victim on the Marleau dive) took one of his own in the SJ offensive zone and drew a hilarious ‘penalty’.
Credit to Calgary for clawing back, but the squad is still light years behind where the ‘elite’ teams sit. At least they compete, but it would be better to see some of the ‘young guns’ step up, crash bang, and take their opportunities. I’m looking at your Backlund and Baertschi.