Flames win. Ho Hum.

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The Calgary Flames actually won tonight, but I can’t say that I’m impressed. Sure, they jumped out to a 2-0 lead and and hung on long enough to force overtime. Sure Jarome Iginla nailed the overtime winner, but that’s not enough to make me a believer. Unfortunately just getting a win isn’t enough anymore.

After a great first period, where they controlled the game and played with some amazing flow, the Flames slacked off in the 2nd and 3rd periods only to scrape by with the win in overtime. Iginla open the scoring with a vintage Iggy goal early in the game after receiving a pass from Mikael Backlund. Brendan Morrison seemed to be re-living his “West Coast Express” days while he slid the 2nd Flames goal into Columbus’ net a couple minutes later.

Columbus got on the board late in the 2nd period with a shorthanded goal. Antoine Vermette blasted a hard slapshot past Miikka Kiprusoff after taking a feed from Andrew Murray who out-hustled Alex Tanguay to the puck. Rick Nash extended his point streak to 4 games when he tied the game late in the 3rd period. Nash took a pass from Kris Russell and laser-beamed the puck into the top corner of the net over Kipper’s left shoulder.

It was the kind of period where you knew that Columbus would tie the game. The Flames came out flat-footed and let the Blue Jackets back into the game. To say hat they played uninspired hockey is a huge understatement. The Flames barely showed up in the third period and watching their play was like watching the three stooges on ice. They played clumsy, clumsy hockey and put themselves in a position to lose the game. Fortunately for the Flames they made it out of the 3rd period and into overtime.

The two bright points of the game were the 30 seconds leading up to Iginla’s overtime goal and Miikka Kiprusoff’s 250th NHL win. After a few minutes of end-to-end overtime hockey, the Flames took advantage of some puck possession and nice passing in the Blue Jacket’s end to score the winning goal. Iggy was the beneficiary of some hard work and found the puck on his stick in the slot. He made no mistake and buried it in the Columbus net.

With the win, Miikka Kiprusoff notched his 250th win in the NHL, though he didn’t appear to be too impressed after the game. This isn’t surprising for a guy who is in his prime as a goaltender, yet he is playing with a bunch of talented, uninspired, fools every night. The Flames appear to be wasting away the best years of their all-star-calibre goaltender, and there is only one person to blame: Darryl Sutter. The Flames GM should be squarely in the crosshairs despite the win tonight. But that’s a whole other post in itself.

About Greg Hounslow (558 Posts)

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.


  • http://hockeymash.com/team/calgaryflames FlamesFan

    OldeBuffalo speaks the truth. It’s like they are two completely different teams.

  • OldeBuffalo

    The Flames game against CBJ is a fine example of the Jekyll and Hyde personality of this team.

    They came out fast and took a 2-0 lead, before Brent Sutter hockey took over and they settled into the old dump and chase style that has cost them so dearly this season.

    It was to be expected that the Blue Jackets would come back to tie it as long as the Flames were forced to play an old outdated style of hockey. Then it happened, Tanguay, who is deathly afraid to go into any corner, coughed up the puck while playing defence on a power play. And that tied up the game.

    The overtime period highlighted Flames (players) kind of hockey. They passed the puck in the Blue Jackets end, they were creative and they totally abandoned Sutter’s cycling the puck in the corner style of play. ‘Result’ a very pretty winning goal.

    Take Note Brent: The Flames are a very skilled team and if you’d let them play their game instead of yours, they might even save your job. If not it’s back to Viking to ride a combine for you.

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