Flames Roast Sharks 4-0

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The Calgary Flames dominated the first period, scoring 4 goals in the first 12 minutes and Miikka Kiprusoff played a perfect game to give the Flames a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks tonight.

Rene Bourque scored a powerplay goal 4:12 into the game and added another goal just after the midway point of the first period to lead the Flames on the scoreboard once again. After his hat trick in Columbus on Friday, Flames fans were expecting another big game from the Flames forward, and he didn’t disappoint. He had a very good opportunity to score a 3rd goal in the first period, but was robbed by replacement Sharks goaltender Antero Nittymaki.

Though he had a few good chances later in the game (and despite all the cheering that Flames fans did for him), Bourque couldn’t notch his 2nd hat trick in 2 games. But that didn’t stop his teammates from adding to their names to the scoresheet. Jarome Iginla scored a rocket of a goal less than 2 minutes after Bourque’s first goal, and Craig Conroy chased Antti Niemi out of the net with his 2nd goal of the season at 8:36 of the first period.

It was an all-around good game for the Flames who have now scored ten goals in the last two games and now sit in sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division with 10 points. Their offensive woes seem to have disappeared (for now) along with their inability to keep the pucks on their sticks. The Flames passing and puck control tonight was almost flawless and apart from a few giveaways, the Flames were well in control of the puck all game. They demonstrated solid stick-to-stick passing and a tenacity that was missing from their game early in the season.

Though Kipper, Bourque and Tanguay made their way onto the “3 stars” list tonight (for obvious reasons), the effort of Curtis “Scoreface” Glencross should not be overlooked. Throughout the Flames struggles early this season, Glencross has consistently been one of their best players and has shown up and given a solid effort every game. Scoreface played very well again tonight, and had 2 great scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, his shots seem to be drawn to the posts instead of the mesh at the back of the net, so instead of scoring his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season, he hit 2 posts.

One day soon Glencross is going to go on a hot streak and score a lot of goals for the Flames. He always seems to be there, but he’s always on the edge of an offensive explosion. Last season he scored 15 goals in 67 games, and I expect that he’ll end up north of 20 goals if he stays healthy this season.

Did you watch the game? Do you agree that this was one of the Flames best efforts this year? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.

Update (Oct 25): Video highlights from the game are here.

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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.


  • OldeBuffalo

    The Flames new style of play is beginning to pay off. The Sutters (first Darryl and then Brent) relied on defence first, shoot the puck out of your own end at all costs – usually to have it come right back in their faces. Their offensive efforts consisted of dumping the puck into a corner and then cycling it below the goal line. That strategy is extremely hard on the players both physically and mentally and as history now shows, didn’t amount to much of an offensive output.
    Last year Brent Sutter stressed a strategy to bring the puck out of our end using short, sharp passes between all 5 players. This year the Flames have abandoned the dump and cycle mentality in favor of a strategy that stresses looking to pass to a line mate going to the net, looking for a trailer or spreading out inside the opponent’s blue line to work the puck around looking for a scoring opportunity. That type of play in both ends is going to pay off handsomely for the Flames and is going to make them a very difficult team to play against.

    I can hardly wait for Dec.1st. Bring on the Vancouver Cansmucks!

  • OhioFlames

    One of the best outings this year… I hope this offensive explosion of the last few games carries on to destroy Edmonton next.

    • http://redmileblog.com Greg @ Red Mile Blog

      I agree 100%. This was a great game to watch, and the kind of hockey that Flames fans have been craving for a while now. The days of the defensive trap are gone, and now it’s time to put some pucks in the net! The Oilers are going down tomorrow night!

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