In a game that seemed like deja vu for some reason, the Flames stumbled and bumbled their way to a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles. Kings Rookie Kyle Clifford scored his first NHL goal and Jonathan Quick played an amazing game and kept the Flames off the scoreboard until late in the 3rd period. Before the Flames could beat Quick, Anze Kopitar made it a 2-0 game and that was all the buffer the Kings needed to take the win.
Olli Jokinen scored his third (yes, 3rd!) goal of the season by banging the puck from the goal line into the net, but it was too little too late. It was a surprising goal for a player that has had a hard time hitting the net. I can’t remember if it was Loubardis or Simmer that said it, but I heard “Tipped by Jokinen wide” during the game and it reminded me of the movie “Groundhog Day.” After the number of times that Jokinen has been set up for a sure goal (sometimes 3-4 times in a game), I was surprised to see him actually put the puck in the net. I guess it took a goal that a 6-year old could score to do it.
Am I being too hard on him? Probably. But that’s what we do; find the faults in our team so we can hopefully get better in the future. I just hope that future comes soon.
As is often the case, the high point of the game for the Flames was the play of Miikka Kiprusoff. He had a little help from his posts a couple times, but he also managed to pull off one of those saves that leads to people tweeting things like, “Miikka is a God”. If you don’t believe me, check the video out for yourself.
Calgary continues its 2-game California road trip tomorrow in Anaheim. Do you think they have what it takes to make me write a headline like “Flames go Duck Hunting in Anaheim”? Or will it be another, “Flames outshot by Ducks. Hiller with shutout” headline tomorrow?
Let’s hope it’s option #1.