I suppose it’s fitting that the Flames would be knocked out of the playoffs on a sloppy play. And That’s exactly what ended their season tonight, when Johan Franzen strolled into the Calgary end, cut to the center of the ice and shot the puck over Miikka Kiprusoff’s shoulder to win the series for the Detroit Red Wings.
Franzen’s goal at 4:23 of the 2nd overtime was not the prettiest, but it was all that was needed for the Wings to move onto the 2nd round.
Calgary seemed to have a bit of jump to them, especially when Jarome Iginla opened the scoring midway throught the 2nd period. They were playing hard, finishing checks and making good plays (which is something that has been lacking from their post-season this year).
Detroit’s Robert Lang evened the scoring with under 5 minutes to go in the 2nd period with a quick shot that beat Kiprusoff through the 5-hole.
The rest of the game was a back-and-forth rally, with both teams getting their chances. But Kipprusoff and Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek both stood on their heads and made amazing saves to send the game to overtime.
Calgary’s David Moss had a chance to end the game while on the powerplay in the first overtime. Hasek was sprawled out on the ice, and Moss had the whole net to shoot at… but he put the puck over the net.
Calgary successfully killed off a double-minor penalty when Craig Conroy high-sticked Tomas Holmstrom with 6:44 left in the first overtime… but after that they seemed to fade.
The Flames never regained their momentum.
I would have liked to see the Flames move beyond the first round, but in the end, it was the better team that won. There’s nobody out there that can justify the way the Flames played on the road for this whole season, and during their 3 playoff games in Detroit. So Detroit moves on and Calgary goes golfing.
At least I can to to Turkey now and not have to worry about missing Flames games, or having idiot Red Wings fans posting useless comments on my blog.
Here’s a novel idea guys… how ’bout you go home and win with some class.
CGY: Iginla (2) A: Langkow, Stuart
DET: Lang (1) A: Bertuzzi, Chelios
DET: Franzen (2) A: Lidstrom, Calder