63 penalty minutes handed out in a game that could’ve seen Calgary clinch a playoff spot. They’ll eventually get there, but this was more of a statement game, and the Flames failed miserably.
All eyes on Matthew Tkachuck, his first game vs the Kings after the elbow to Doughty’s face. The game had extra antics with Tkachuk answering the bell, while still taking runs at Doughty. Gotta love the guy’s tenacity.
Here are some key takeaways from the game.
- Jarome Iginla still has fight left. he looks terrible in a Kings jersey and won’t be making the playoffs yet again because he continues to pick loser teams. Nonetheless, he was a monster tonight and lead the Kings to victory, reminiscent of days gone by…. Gives you an idea that if he can pull whatever’s left in the tank, we could lose Brouwer in expansion and sign Iggy for his last hoorah. Only in our dreams.
- The Powerplay is cold, ice-cold, at the worst time. Brouwer continues to spend time on that unit and it’s basically a wasted spot.
- In a rough game Ferland was noticeably quiet.
- Calgary can’t find any offence, and the 3rd and 4th line combos need help. The solution? Well someone needs to pick up the slack before the coaches can figure out who to move around. Maybe Lazar from the box?
The playoff position possibilities for the Calgary Flames will depend on their play in the final six games. They play all Pacific division teams, including LA again, and if they pull together some wins against bigger, heavier teams, they could wind up 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or where they’re at now, looking at a playoff date with Anaheim……. Tune in Friday to see what pans out.