Flames robbed. The NHL owes us.

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The photo above is not a goal celebration. Let’s be clear about that.

Let’s also be honest with ourselves about this season. The fact that the Calgary Flames made it this far should make fans happy. In December the thought of the Flames making the playoffs was laughable. The only team that had fewer points was the Edmonton Oilers, and Calgary’s main goaltender looked like it really would be Henrik Karlsson. The 3-month comeback was something that we haven’t ever seen, and probably won’t ever see again in our lifetimes. So YAY! for the Flames effort this season. It’s just too bad it wasn’t enough.

Though the Flames are not mathematically eliminated from the post-season, tonight’s 4-2 loss to Anaheim is about as close as you can come without actually being “officially” knocked out of the playoffs. Their only true hope now is that they are able to scrape together some wins in their last 4 games while Dallas, Chicago and Nashville all somehow start to lose like a drunk gambler in Vegas. Really… what are the chances of two of the three teams stinking it up for their last 5, 6 or 7 games? Exactly.

The Flames came out strong in the first period tonight and Jarome Iginla put them on the board less than 3 minutes in with his 37th goal of the season. Unfortunately, the Flames failed to learn their lesson after the last couple games vs Anaheim and took 2 too many penalties in the first period. Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry both capitalized on the PP to give the Ducks the 2-1 lead by the end of the period.

The second period was a bit of back-and-forth, with a good segment of Flames domination from the 10-minute mark onwards. With about 5 minutes left in the 2nd period, the Flames finally managed to get the puck across the Anaheim goal line to tie the game. Or did they? Apparently the NHL video review team didn’t think so.

With 5:10 left in the 2nd period the Flames were robbed of a legitimate goal that would have been a game-changer. The goal would have tied the game at 2-2, and given the Flames (and their fans) a big mental boost. I don’t plan on dwelling on it too much more after this, but you should have a look at 2:35 of the video below to see it for yourself.

To add insult to injury, Lubomir Visnovsky scored with 1:09 left in the 2nd to put the Ducks up 3-1.

It appears as though the NHL realized how bad the call was, after the video was shown over and over during the intermission. The fact that @TSN showed Ryan Getzlaf putting his hand on the puck in the crease probably didn’t help either. The refs called 2 weak penalties on Anaheim early in the 3rd period, but the Flames could only capitalize on one opportunity. Mark Giordano scored a nice goal, but it was all they could muster. The Flames gave up an empty net goal to finish the game at 4-2.

Here’s the TSN look at it:

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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

    Officiating in the NHL has reached a new low. The disputed goal is only the latest gaffe resulting from the fact the referees and linesmen are constantly aware that a little twerp in New York, that knows nothing about hockey, is watching their every call. I’m aware that Bettman’s ‘officials’ who were viewing it from Toronto reinforced the missed call. Is their office sequestered in the Toronto offices of the CNIB? I’ve seen some of the most obvious calls ignored and I’ve seen some of the dumbest non-calls made – and I’m not only talking about games the Flames are involved in.

    Gary Bettman is ruining hockey for the sake of his dream to have teams in American cities where the people have absolutely no interest in any sport that isn’t played on grass, Astroturf or in mud filled bog in the Carolinas.

    Officials constantly overlook boarding and charging penalties that have been in the rulebook for decades. Apparently the sound of human bodies crashing into the boards and rattling the glass, gets some Americans off their seats and causes them to begin pounding on the glass from their front side of the boards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=842865642 Angela MacIsaac

    The Flames owe us. They owe us a 60-minute performance consistently throughout an 82-game season.

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

    In case you want to chime in with your opinion on the goal. Here’s the question to answer: http://facebook.com/home.php?sk=question&id=10150147422209210

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