Flames shutout by Panthers. Let the trade rumours begin.



So I was going out to watch the game with a friend tonight, and wanted to get a jump on my game summary blog post. I uploaded a pic, and started with this lead-in line (I thought it would be a good indication of what would come tonight):

“The top line for the Calgary Flames silenced their critics with an offensive outburst tonight at the Saddledome. The Calgary Flames top trio of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay combined for a total of XX points as the Flames beat the Florida Panthers X-X.”

Boy, was I wrong. Really, really wrong. Horribly wrong.

The effort displayed by the Calgary Flames tonight was beyond pathetic for an NHL team and the post-game quotes only do it so much justice. The Flames failed to show up to the Saddledome and were once again shutout by their opponents. This time it was a 3-0 thrashing by the Florida Panthers. Just for fun, here are a few of the quotes from Flames players and staff:

“It was a stinker of a game.” – Brent Sutter

“We were a team that played very softly.” – Brent Sutter

“In order for us to be in the playoffs we’ll need to show some consistency.” – Alex Tanguay

“Crickets.” – Jarome Iginla

What else can I say after a second shutout loss in 3 games? This Calgary Flames team needs to find some way of putting the puck in the other team’s net. And soon.

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

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  • Figueiredo

    Well… I live very very far away from Calgary, in a city at south Brazil called Porto Alegre. Nobody here enjoys hockey but I do. I’d like to say that I’m very sad with the Flames situation but it’s absolutely normal after the weird trades that have been made since the half of last season. Best regards…

  • Warren Peece

    Let’s not set our hair on fire too soon.

    The Flames are playing a lot better hockey this year than in recent years. Last year they learned how to carry the puck out of their own end as a 5 man unit instead of whacking it up the boards in a panic or icing it. However, last year, their offence consisted of dumping it into a corner and then playing ring-a-round-a-rosy with it until they lost it.

    Now exiting our end is no longer a problem and the Flames are being creative in the offensive end. They’re looking for the trailer, they’re spread out and are passing it around until they get a good shot. Last night they had most of their shots blocked by Florida players and that ain’t gonna happen every night.

    Don’t forget they were shut out by 2 goalkeepers that couldn’t be beat, even by Jesus Gretzky, and that’s not gong to happen too often.

    This team is far better than previous years and it’s only going to get better so long as nobody starts pressing the panic button too early in the season.

  • http://thatangela.com/ Angela

    I wish we could start trade rumours. I wish we could hear about guys getting shipped out of here. But more than half of the roster has a no-move clause. What sense does that make? On a team that hasn’t done sweet eff all … argh … I got another blog post brewing in me somehow.

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