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Battle of Alberta #3 no Snoozer

Posted 25 Oct 2009 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Win, home

Earlier this week I overheard someone say, “Do you think Iggy has finally woken up?” This question came on Wednesday after Jarome’s best game of the season when he scored a goal, added an assist and more importantly, lead his team to victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

It was a thought that had also come to my mind. Despite the fact that the Flames have continued to win games and have kept their record within the top 5 teams in the NHL, their captain has not played up to our expectations. Last night’s game was a good indication that Jarome Iginla hasn’t actually “woken up,” he just hit the snooze button.

The Flames rolled over the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 last night to improve their Battle of Alberta record to 3-0 this season. Like many games so far, the Flames weren’t lead on the scoresheet by their captain. Instead it was Rene Bourque and Nigel Dawes that lead the team in scoring with 3 points and 2 goals respectively.

Bourque, the Flames leading scorer, notched his 5th goal of the season on a shorthanded breakout with Daymond Langkow in the first period. He also set up Dawes for 2 goals, including the back-breaker at 12:27 of the 3rd period, at a time when the Oilers looked like they were considering a comeback. Eric Nystrom and David Moss also scored for the Flames.

Last night’s win against the Oilers was the 3rd in a row for the Flames and gives them a 7-2-1 record after 10 games. They are 5-0 against their NW division rivals, and even without their captain’s usual contributions, the Flames have managed to achieve the 3rd best record in the league. This has been possible because the Flames have had balanced scoring and everyone has been contributing. They have 6 players with 6 points, 5 players with 5 points and only 2 players on the roster that have not registered a point so far. But Jason Jaffray has only played in 1 game, and Aaron Johnson has only played in 2 games.

Over the past 2 weeks I’ve heard lots of theories about why Iginla has been slow to start this season: He’s getting older; He has too much attention on him from opposing teams; He’s slowing down; He can’t find chemistry with Olli Jokinen; He is being held back by Brent Sutter’s new team structure. Whatever the case, Iginla is not scoring like he has in past seasons and is not dominating games like Flames fans want him to. But Jarome still has 8 points (3rd most on the Flames) and the team is winning consistently. So should we really worry about it?

Bertuzzi Lifts Flames over Columbus

Posted 22 Jan 2009 — by admin
Category Columbus Blue Jackets, Win, home, shootout

Todd Bertuzzi scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Calgary Flames a 5-4 victory over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.
Michael Cammalleri scored twice and Davis Moss and Jarome Iginla added goals in the Flames win in their final game before the All Star Break. Cammalleri’s 2 goals were number 21 and 22 on the season as he leads the Flames in scoring. Iginla’s goal was his 19th of the season, and his first goal in 9 games. His last 2 goals came on Dec 31, 2008 against the Edmonton Oilers.

The matchup was full of drama as the Blue Jackets gave up four 1-goal leads thoughout the game, and there were a total of 20 penalties handed out in the game. The most dramatic penalty was Dion Phaneuf’s 5 minute (+game misconduct) major penalty for boarding RJ Umberger. The call, questioned by Sportsnet’s Roger Millions, was far from the worst boarding I’ve ever seen, and was overshadowed by the fact that Umberger played more than 9 minutes in the first period (when it happened) and scored 2 goals.

While many will argue that Phaneuf “let up” when he hit Umberger from behind, the fact remains that he hit him square “in the numbers” and face-first into the boards. This was a prime situation where Phaneuf could have laid a highlight hit (typical of his first 2 years in the league) by coming hard along the boards and laying-out Umberger from the side. Instead, he chose to come in and crush him against the boards, resulting in a 5 minute major and a game-misconduct.

The 2 highlights of the game were Rick Nash’s shorthanded breakaway goal on Miikka Kiprusoff and Iginla’s slap-shot goal from the slot midway throught the 1st period. Each of these goals showed why Iginla and Nash will be representing the Western Conference in the NHL All Star Game next weekend in Montreal. Their ability to find the back of the net is amazing and they are both dangerous when they have the puck in front of the net.

Calgary heads into the All Star Break in first place in the Northwest Division, with a 9-point lead over the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.

The Flames resume action 1 week from today against the Buffalo Sabres.

Flames vs. Blue Jackets

Posted 21 Jan 2009 — by admin
Category Columbus Blue Jackets, Flames, Game Day

After 2 disappointing losses to teams that the Flames should have beat – on paper – they will play host to the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight at the Saddledome.

Look for the Flames to come out with some vigor in this game as they seek to get back to their winning ways after losing 2 consecutive games for the first time since early November. They will be facing former teammate Kristian Huselius and a Columbus team that has struggled on the road this season, going 9-13-3 so far away from home. But this same team has won 8 of its last 12 games… so you could say they have a bit of a ‘hot streak’ going…

Todd Bertuzzi doesn’t look ready to make his return to the Flames lineup just yet, so look for Jim Vandermeer to be replacing him on the wing.

To be successful tonight, the Flames will need to tighten up their defence and not allow so many 2nd shot chances on their goalie. They will also need to spark some offence early from their primary and secondary scorers. Look for Mike Cammalleri to continue his goal-scoring streak and for Jarome Iginla to step up his game and provide some offense.