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Havlat Goal in Overtime Stuns Flames

Posted 17 Apr 2009 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Cammalleri, Chicago Blackhawks, Havlat, Loss, Moss, Playoffs, Road, Round 1

Mike Cammalleri and Martin Havlat had a good battle, but it was Martin Havlat who had the last word. And it was a noisy last word.

After taking a hi-stick (that was really more of a punch in the face) from Cammalleri, Havlat scored a late 3rd period goal to tie the game and eventually scored the game winner 12 seconds into overtime to stun the Calgary Flames in game one of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series.

Cammalleri and Havlat started chirping off at each other early in the game and continued to battle throughout the first and second periods. Cammalleri appeared to get the upper edge of the feud when he scored the go-ahead goal for the flames early in the 3rd. The goal came 1 minute after he stepped out of the penalty box after serving his 2 minutes for hi-sticking Havlat. While breaking in on a 2-on-1, Cammalleri took a nice pass from Daymond Langkow and shot the puck over a sprawling Nikolai Khabibulin to give the Flames a 2-1 lead.

The game was Chicago’s first playoff game in 7 years, and their lack of playoff experience showed during the first period, when the Flames dominated the play and outshot their opponents 10-5. The Flames finished the first 20 minutes with a 1-0 load thanks to David Moss’ goal 8:38 into the period.

Chicago’s Cam Barker tied the game at 13:17 of the 2nd period and that goal seemed to give the Blackhawks some confidence. The shots on net in the 2nd period were more equal, with the Flames having a 11-10 advantage.

As the Blackhawks’ young players gained confidence, it was their young captain, Jonathan Toews who really broke out and showed his leadership ability. He won 71.4% of the faceoffs he took in the game and assisted on Cam Barker’s goal in the 2nd period. He was all over the ice and seemed to always be at the right place at the right time. He showed patience and did not seem to mind the physical style of play that the Flames brought to the ice.

Unfortunately for the Flames, the worst player in their system has returned, and his presence in the game was felt. Anders Eriksson returned to the Flames line-up after spending the entire season playing in the AHL where he belongs, and was the only player on the Flames roster who was on the ice for both of Chicago’s 2 regulation goals. Not only was he on the ice, but it was his weak play that lead to both goals. Cam Barker can thank Eriksson for screening Miikka Kiprusoff on Chicago’s first goal of the game. Instead of going down to block the shot, Eriksson turned his body sideways and let the puck through. Miikka Kiprusoff had no chance on the shot. Martin Havlat can also thank Eriksson for weakly attempting to play the puck out of his own zone, only to give it to Havlat right in the slot.

I have never hiden my hate of Eriksson as a player, and I thought that we were rid of him for good this season. But injuries to the Calgary blueliners forced the Darryl Sutter to recall him from Quad Cities of the AHL and put a Flames jersey back on him.

Oh, if only some team had claimed him off waivers, then we could be rid of his ridiculous $1.5M salary cap hit and his weak play. But alas, no other team is that stupid, so Flames fans will have to grit our teeth and bear it while he’s on the ice for a little while longer. Eriksson is a UFA after this season, so we can bid him a farewell soon, but in the meantime, pray for the return of either Cory Sarich or Robyn Regehr so we can scratch him from the line-up.

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”.

Cammalleri Hat Trick Leads Flames to Win in Vancouver

Posted 28 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Cammalleri, Glencross, Hat Trick, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win

Mike Cammalleri had his first career hat trick and Curtis Glencross added his 3rd goal in 3 games to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 victory against the Vancouver Canucks.

Cammalleri’s first goal of the game, the 100th of his career, went in off Canucks Defenceman Sami Salo’s skate. His next two goals were much prettier as he nailed two one-timers off 2 perfect passes from linemate Jarome Iginla. His hat trick goal gave the Flames their first lead of the game.

“The best feeling about this is the win,” said Cammalleri. “Maybe we didn’t say it out loud, but we were all thinking we need to win these two games to get back to where we want to be and you can’t win them both if you don’t win the first one.”

Curtis Glencross continued his hot streak with the game winning goal. He stole the puck from Alex Edler and broke in on Canucks goalie Curtis Sanford. He whipped a back-hander over Sanford’s shoulder to seal the win for the Flames, who have moved within 3 points of NW Division-leading Vancouver.

Flames Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff was also in top form, turning away 27 of 30 shots to claim his 13th win of the season. He stopped a great chance from Jannick Hansen, and helped the Flames kill off a 5-on-3 powerplay.

This was the first regulation-time loss for the Canucks while facing their Northwest Division opponents.

The two teams will now head to Calgary for another matchup on Saturday night.

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.

Sharks Beat Flames With 4 Powerplay Goals

Posted 13 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Cammalleri, Loss, Road, San Jose Sharks

It was a points bonanza for the San Jose Sharks tonight as they capitalized on 4 powerplays to beat the Flames 6-1 in the Shark Tank. Milan Michalek and Joe Pavelski had 2 goals apiece, and Rob Blake, Christian Erhoff and Dan Boyle each had 3 assists.

The game would have been a lot different if the Flames had not allowed 4 goals in the first period, including 3 on the powerplay. But it was evident in the first period which team came out to play. The Sharks dominated the game for the first 20 minutes, peppering Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff with 20 shots en route to 45 total shots in the game. The Sharks set a club record in their previous game with 57 shots.

Flames coach Mike Keenan pulled Kiprusoff after the first period and replaced him with backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney. Kipper allowed 4 goals but they were not really his fault. Three goals were scored on 2nd chances that could have gone the other way. San Jose was very fortunate tonight as they got all the right bounces. More than once, they ended up with the puck on their sticks while looking at an open net… and didn’t disappoint their fans.

San Jose goaltender Brian Boucher had his shutout broken when Mike Cammalleri scored the lone goal for the Flames on the powerplay halfway through the 3rd period.

This was the first match between the Flame and the Sharks since San Jose knocked the Flames out of the Playoffs last season. The win was the 10th of the season at home for the Sharks and keeps them in first place in the NHL with 29 points.

the Flames now have 4 days off before a home-and-away series against the Colorado Avalanche.

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!!!