I can’t remember the last time the Flames got blown out this bad. Final score: 7-1, at home. Another loss to Chicago. But hey, at least Jokinen scored…
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that thought the Flames would come out ready to play tonight, and I guess in a way I wasn’t wrong. The Flames actually came out strong tonight, and had the Blackhawks back on their heels, but they still managed to finish the 1st period down 1-0.
Though they did start well, the Flames tapered off in the 2nd period allowing 5 goals after Olli Jokinen scored his first goal in 9 games, and only his 3rd of the season. Just when it appeared that the Flames were set to take the lead, Jeremy Piven (and his mysterious powers) lead to 5 goals for the Blackhawks and the Saddledome roof officially collapsed on the Flames.
There weren’t many positives for the Flames in this one, so let’s look at some other interesting stats. Olli Jokinen scored tonight, bringing his point total to 12 on the season. That means Olli’s currently getting paid $108,024 per point (20 games,12 points). That’s not quite as bad as Montreal’s Scott Gomez, who is making an incredible 173,400 per point so far this season (21 games, 11 points). To give it a little perspective, the league leader for value is Anze Kopitar who has 32 points in 23 games. He comes cheap at $60,339 per point.
The Flames have a day to regroup before they take on Kopitar and the LA Kings on Saturday.