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Flames Keep The Dream Alive in Washington

Posted 28 Mar 2010 — by admin
Category Bourque, Calgary Flames, Hagman, Ovechkin, Road, Stajan, Washington Capitals, White, Win
Flames Capitals Hockey

After a dismal game in Boston yesterday, the Calgary Flames proved their doubters wrong by showing that they still do have something left in the tank by beating the league-leading Washington Capitals 5-3 this afternoon.

Finally showing the ‘desperation’ that a team in their situation should, the Flames scored 3 goals in the first 10 minutes of the game, and added 1 more before the first period was finished. The 4-goal cushion was enough for the flames as they held off the potently offensive Capitals on their way to another much-needed win. Rene Bourque was definitely the player of the game, scoring the 5th goal to re-establish a 3-goal lead and adding 2 assists in the game. Always one to show up for a game, Alex Ovechkin scored the Capital’s first goal early in the 2nd period and added an assist for his 100th point of the season.

As the regular season winds down, the Flames and Capitals are in such different positions that it’s not surprising the future President’s Trophy winners didn’t show up for the first 2 periods of this game. The Capitals clinched a playoff spot a couple weeks ago, and are pretty much guaranteed to finish with the best record in the NHL – barring any major screw ups. By contrast, the Flames have been hanging onto a thin, splintered rope with one hand for the last 3 weeks. They should have been climbing that rope, but they seemed content to hang out hoping that someone would pull them up.

Today’s win (and Colorado’s loss) now leaves the Flames 4 points back of the Avalanche for 8th spot in the West with 6 games left. The Avalanche have one game at hand over the Flames, so it’s an understatement to say that they must win their final 6 games if they have a hope of squeaking into the playoffs.

The Flames now return home for a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Wednesday.

Anderson Has the Flames’ Number

Posted 12 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Bourque, Boyd, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Loss, home, shootout

I want Craig Anderson dead. Whether it’s right to say that or not, it’s true, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It seems that the Colorado Avalanche can do no wrong against the Calgary Flames this season and they proved it when they rolled into the ‘Dome tonight hoping to take over first place in the NW division and push their season record to 4-0 against the Flames.
  Avalanche Flames Hockey
After starting the game with 3 fights in less than 4 mins, the Flames went up 2-0 with goals from Rene Bourque and Dustin Boyd. They couldn’t hold the lead through the end of the 2nd period, though. Paul Stastny and Chris Stewart scored to bring the Avs even with the Flames after 40 minutes. The Avs played a solid 2nd period, and received some great goaltending from Craig Anderson throughout the whole game.

In the 3rd period, the momentum was squarely in the Flames favour, but they couldn’t get a puck past Colorado’s goalie. Anderson stopped 44 of 46 shots, including 17 in the 3rd and 5 in OT. He kept the Flames from taking a late lead when they had a powerplay late in the 3rd period that carried into overtime.

Anderson stopped one more shot than Kipper in the shootout and gave his team the win tonight. Despite the win, the Avs failed to take over first place in the NW, as the Flames claimed one point in the Shootout. The 2 teams are tied with 58 points, but the Flames have played one less game.

The Flames host “Sid The Kid” and the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday at 7:30 at the ‘Dome.

Flames win in Vancouver while overcoming a laser

Posted 10 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Bourque, Calgary Flames, Lundmark, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win, shootout

Despite the fact that some idiot in Vancouver thought it would be a good idea to shine a laser in Miikka Kiprusoff’s eyes all night, the Flames won 3-2 in the shootout, regaining their lead atop the Northwest Division and proving that they are the tougher team, mentally and physically.
Flames Canucks Hockey
Anyone who watched tonight would agree that this was one of the best games so far this NHL season. The Flames and Canucks both came out hitting, and played a very physical game to decide who would end up in 1st place in the NW division. The Canucks ended up with the short straw, after their captain gave up 3 goals in the shootout following an exciting game at GM Place. This was the first time in a long time where the Flames scored on all of their shootout opportunities, and they needed all 3 goal to secure the win.

This is a rivalry that is slowly proceeding towards “primary rival status” for the Flames. Calgary is one of the few teams in the NHL that has 2 legitimate rivals, and since the Edmonton Oilers have tanked this season, the Canucks have emerged as the primary rival for the Flames. It is well known that the Flames and Oilers had a great rivalry throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but since then the Canucks have emerged as the stronger team, they seem to be making a case to earn the distinction as the Flames’ primary rival.

Each time that the Flames or Canucks have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals (or won the cup, in the Flames case), they have played each other in the playoffs. Whether they like it or not, the Canucks and the Flames seem to be linked somehow. Their link extends to the playoffs, but it also seems to be evident in the regular season.
Flames Canucks Hockey
Tonight, the Flames and Canucks engaged in an epic battle that included 2 fights between Brandon Prust and Rick Rypien. It was evident from the beginning that the better goaltender would win, and tonight that goaltender was Miikka Kiprusoff. Kipper stopped 19 of 21 shots in regulation and one shot in the shootout. Canucks Captain , Roberto Luongo allow 2 goals in the first 3 periods and let in all 3 shots in shootout. Jamie Lundmark scored the winner for the Flames in the shootout as well as his 2nd period goal that tied the game at 2-2.

Rene Bourque opened the scoring for the Flames 9:36 into the 1st period on a nice drive to the net. He shot the puck over Luongo’s glove hand to take the 1-0 Lead. The Canucks answered with goals from Mikael Samuelsson in the first, and Daniel Sedin in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period.

The game went back and forth in the 3rd before Prust and Rypien’s second fight of the night. Seconds after the major penalties were assesed to the 2 fighters, Lundmark slipped a sneaky shot past Luongo to tie the game at 2-2.

Both teams pressed for the winning goal but Kipper and Luongo wouldn’t let anything into the net before the Shootout. Nigel Dawes and Kyle Wellwood both scored in the first round of the shootout. Olli Jokinen scored in the 2nd round before Ryan Kesler was stopped by Kiprusoff. Mayson Raymond scored in the 3nd round of the shootout but it was all for naught as Lundmark beat Luongo to win the game for the Flames.

Calgary has played 5 games in the past 7 days, winning 3 of those games. They continue at home next week against Colorado, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

Welcome to the Playoffs!

I’d like to bid a hearty “Welcome to the Playoffs” to the 9 Calgary Flames players who will be making their first post-season appearance this spring. Now you’ll really know what the “C of Red” is all about, and with that knowledge comes the pressure of the 1 Million residents of the city of Calgary. You’re under the microscope now, so you better be ready to perform.

Of course, the biggest name to make his playoff debut is Olli Jokinen, who is not-so-proud of holding the NHL record of 799 regular season games without a playoff appearance. He’s been facing the questions for the past 2 weeks now, so I’m sure he’ll show up ready to play in his playoff debut in Chicago tomorrow. Look for a Hat-Trick from the big Finn… or at least an assist on an Iginla goal…

Also making his first post-season appearance is Mike Cammalleri, who played 5 seasons with the LA Kings during their “rebuilding” phase before being traded to Calgary last summer.

Ex-Chicago Blackhawk Rene Bourque will also play in his first playoff series this year and he’ll be a welcome return to the Flames lineup after being out for the past 24 games with a lower body injury.

Flames regulars, Dustin Boyd and Curtis Glencross will also be making their playoff debuts this season and look for them to contribute throughout the playoffs.

Then there’s the ‘youngsters’.

The most notable young-un is Adam Pardy who, after 60 regular season games seems to fit right in on the Flames Blueline. He’s played on the power play and penalty killing at times and could be the silent Hawks killer if he continues to play the physical kind of hockey he’s done all year.

Warren Peters, Brett Sutter, David Van Der Gulik, and Kyle Greentree could all see playoff action based on the injury situation for the Flames. Peters has played the most with the Flames and is more likely to find his way into the lineup come tomorrow night, but any one of these players could find themselves on the ice during this series.

Good luck boys! Play hard every shift!

And don’t F*#K up or you’ll find yourself playing in Abbotsford faster than you can say “Khabibulin”.

Flames Shutout Rangers in NY

Posted 07 Dec 2008 — by admin
Category Bourque, Iginla, Moss, New York Rangers, Road, Shutout, Win

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 31 shots he faced to shutout the New York Rangers and help the Calgary Flames win 3-0 at Madison Square Gardens tonight.

Kipprusoff wouldn’t know it until the end of the game, but his biggest stop came only 15 seconds into the first period when he stopped a Ryan Callahan re-direct with the tip of his left skate. Callahan got a great break in on net right off the opening faceoff, and Kipper had to be sharp to keep the home side from getting an early 1-0 lead.

After that first stop, Kipper seemed to be in the zone and remained perfect for the rest of the game. He was tested numerous times, but the Flames defence seemed to know that their goaltender was not going to give up any easy goals, and adjusted their play accordingly. Fourteen minutes into the first period the Rangers had a 2-on-1 against Robyn Regehr. The flames defender played it perfectly, taking away the pass and allowed Kipper to play Brandon Dubinsky’s shot… which he kicked into the corner.

The Rangers have some veritable snipers and are known for their tricky puck handling and tape-to-tape passing. Though they may not have the highest scoring offense in the league, the Rangers have found success partly because they have one of the best goaltenders in Henrik Lundqvist. If you have 2 Vezina trophy contenders on the ice in one game, you know that they will both be playing their best. While Kipper was perfect, Lundqvist wasn’t helped by his defence and made a couple mistakes.

The Calgary Flames were up to the challenge of beating Lundqvist tonight, and took advantage of the few mistakes he made to score 3 times. It took them 35 minutes to get a puck past the NY goalie, but Jarome Iginla finally got the Flames on the board on a 2nd rebound attempt. The goal was made possible by Curtis Glencross, who continues to impress me. His hard work on the boards inside the Flames blueline got the puck out to Iginla who lead the rush up the ice. Iginla passed to Dion Phaneuf, who put a shot on net. Mike Cammalleri banged away at the rebound, which bounced off Lundqvist right onto Iginla’s stick. Iginla wasted no time snapping the puck into the wide-open goal.

The Flames got some insurance from David Moss 1:52 into the 3rd period when he scored his 4th goal in 4 games. The salt was rubbed into the Rangers wounds when Rene Bourque scored short-handed with 2 minutes to play in the 3rd period giving the Flames a 3-0 lead. The NY fans that still remained in their seats ran for the exits after Bourque scored.

Game Notes:
Kipprusoff got his 3rd shutout of the season, and 29th of his career.
Warren Peters played in his first NHL game for the Flames and logged 5:08 of ice-time.
The Flames moved into 1st spot in the Northwest Division following Vancouver’s shoot out loss to Colorado.

Flames Score 6 Times to Beat the Kings

Posted 26 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Bourque, Cammalleri, Glencross, Iginla, Los Angeles Kings, Moss, Win, home

Rene Bourque scored 2 goals and Curtis Glencross added a goal and 2 assists as the Calgary Flames pummeled the Los Angeles Kings 6-2 tonight. Ex-King Mike Cammallerri also scored against his old team.
Cammallerri Scores
During the off-season Flames GM Darryl Sutter added Bourque, Glencross and Cammalleri with hopes of increasing secondary scoring and taking some of the pressure off Jarome Iginla. Now that these new players have had a chance to acclimatize to the team, they seem to be doing just that. In the past 5 games, Rene Bourque has tallied 3 goals while Glencross has scored 2 goals and added 5 assists. In 21 games, Mike Cammalleri is 2nd on the Flames 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists).

“I’m starting to feel more comfortable now,” Glencross said. “It takes a while to settle in and get to know all the guys. We’ve been together for a few months now. I’m finding that chemistry with Connie and whoever is on the other side – (Dustin) Boyd, (David) Moss, or Rene tonight.”

To say that the Flames beat the Kings “handily” tonight would be an understatement. The Flames controlled the play for the majority of the night, thanks in part to the 9 powerplays that LA handed them. Calgary capitalized on 2 of those opportunities, but more importantly, those Powerplays allowed The Flames control of the flow of the game and continue increasing their lead.

After the game, Kings Head Coach Terry Murray said, “Calgary is a better team than we are, that’s all there was to it. They beat us to every area in the ice, shots, goals, they controlled the boards, they made all kinds of plays whenever they wanted to make plays and they are a much better team than we are.”

I don’t want to sound like I’m blowing the Flames are Contenders Horn, though. If the Flames had not beaten the Kings with ease tonight, I’d be a little uneasy. After matching Detroit play-for-play for most of the game on Saturday, the Flames actually look like they can play against the better teams in the league. Sure they ended up losing 5-2, because of a late collapse that allowed Detroit to pull ahead. But the point is that they appear to have learned a lesson after their 6-1 thumping from San Jose… something that they failed to learn after losing 6-1 to Chicago.

Calgary now seems to have figured out how to control the puck and how to stay out of the penalty box. They’ve also figured out how to play as a team, how to control the puck a little more, and how to go to the net.

The next lesson for the Flames will be to further tighten up their defense to stop their opponents from getting goals like the Kings did tonight. If the Flames start playing smart defence when they’re being pressured, they will do a lot to help Miikka Kiprusoff lower his GAA and get some more confidence back.

Calgary’s next 2 games are against the Vancouver Canucks and they will surely be tested on all these little lessons.

Flames Win 4th in a Row vs. Colorado

Posted 28 Oct 2008 — by admin
Category Bourque, Cammalleri, Colorado Avalanche, Glencross, Win, home

Avalanche Flames Hockey
Curtis Glencross’ First goal since since joining the Calgary Flames as a Free Agent last summer proved to be the winner tonight as the Flames extended their winning streak to 4 games. The Flames also broke the Colorado Avalanche’s 5 game win streak, while leap-frogging them into 4th position in the Western Conference.

This game was a battle of hot goaltenders, with no score until 8:22 of the 3rd period. Colorado’s Peter Budaj has been almost unbeatable recently, and was named the NHL’s 2nd star last week. But it was Miikka Kiprusoff who came out on top tonight while earning his first shutout of the season and his 150th career win.

After starting the season a dismal 0-3 the Colorado Avalanche won their next 5 games to move them towards the top of the West. The Flames also stumbled out of the gate this season, losing 4 of their first 5 games before finding how to win consistently. The Northwest Division is as tight as ever, and the Flames now sit 2 points behind the Minnesota Wild who have not lost a game in regulation time so far this season.

The Flames next game is on Thursday against the Boston Bruins who have shutout Edmonton and Vancouver so far on their road trip through the NW division.

Is this the Flames’ Year?

Posted 29 Sep 2008 — by admin
Category Bertuzzi, Bourque, Calgary, Cammalleri, Flames, Glencross, Pre-season, Roy, team

With 3 pre-season wins under their belt, a slimmed down roster and some new faces on the ice, the Calgary Flames appear to be headed in the right direction – winning, that is…

But there is still the nagging question that all Flames fans seem to have: Will this team be any better than last year’s… or the one from the season prior?

The Flames still have the same core of Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf, Miikka Kiprusoff and Daymond Langkow, and this year they’ve gotten rid of some lemons (Tanguay and Huselius) and added some other players that they hope will put some pucks in the opponents net.

Joining the Calgary Flames this season are Mike Cammalleri, Rene Bourque, Andre Roy, and Curtis Glencross. Also (as I’m sure you already know) GM Darryl Sutter signed Todd Bertuzzi, to the dismay of several fans.

Now that a couple months have gone by, and I’ve had time to calm down I’m not so disappointed. I’ve seen his first games in a Calgary Flames Jersey and big # 7 doesn’t looks so out-of-place. He’s been contributing offensively, and seems to have found some chemistry with a few of his teammates.

In fact, all 5 of the Flames new forwards have found the back of the net in pre-season action at least once… and some more than that. So as a die-hard Flames fan, I’m not so disappointed anymore. I’m ready to cheer them on and see what they can do in 2008-2009.

I’ll surely be watching what happens to Alex Tanguay in Montreal and Kristian Huselius in Columbus… not to mention keeping a closer eye on Owen Nolan and the Minnesota Wild this season.

In any case, I’m stoked for the ‘08-’09 season and I’m ready for the regular season to begin!!!