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That Noise is the Fat Lady Singing

Posted 06 Apr 2010 — by admin
Category Out Of The Playoffs

Well folks. It’s all over… or it will be in about 20 minutes.

The train wreck that is the Calgary Flames 2009-2010 season is un-officially over. The Flames playoff hopes could die tonight after their loss to the San Jose Sharks if the Colorado Avalanche battle their way to a win over the Canucks. The loss-win combo would mathematically eliminate the Flames from the post-season for the first time in 6 years.

The Avalanche enter the 3rd period up 3-2 and could clinch the 8th playoff spot tonight if they hang onto that lead. We’ll know in about 20 minutes if the Flames season is officially over.

While there aren’t many positives to take from this, the pressure is now off so the Calgary Flames can officially go on one of those “unfamiliar” end-of-season winning streaks that all teams that miss the playoffs seem to go on. It’s been a while since we had the chance to do that. Whooooo….

Help me, help you

Posted 27 Mar 2010 — by admin
Category Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Out Of The Playoffs, Shutout

The Calgary Flames aren’t helping themselves into the playoffs this year, and they are certainly not getting any help from other teams. With just 8 games left in the season, the Flames headed into Boston today sitting 6 points behind Detroit for the 8th spot in the Western Conference. To say that this game was a “must win” is an understatement. The Flames last 10 games have been “must wins” but they haven’t shown the sense of urgency that they need to battle their way into a playoff spot.
Iggy after loss to Bruins
After Calgary’s last game (a 3-2 loss on Long Island) The Detroit Red Wings dealt a serious blow to Flames fans hopes for the playoffs by winning 6-2 in Minnesota. Detroit had one game at hand over the Flames and increased the gap from 4 to 6 points with the win. Detroit is now healthy after struggling with injuries all season, and have been on fire since the Olympic break, going 10-2-1. During the same period Calgary has gone 7-5, including 3 losses to teams that are out of the playoffs.

Today’s 5-0 shutout loss for the Flames leaves them with almost no hope to make the playoffs. They now rely on either Detroit (unlikely) or Colorado (also unlikely) to start losing like the ‘74-’75 Washington Capitals… and at the same time, the Flames need to start winning like the ‘76-’77 Montreal Canadiens.

As a passionate Flames fan it hurts me to admit that my team probably isn’t going to make the playoffs, but I’ve known the team had problems since they went on their ‘infamous’ 9-game losing streak in January. When the losing streak ended, my dad said to me “we’ll be talking about this losing streak in April when they don’t make the playoffs.” I didn’t believe him then, but I believe it now.

The Flames next game is tomorrow afternoon in Washington (oh great…)

Hawks 4, Flames 1. Season Over

The Chicago Blackhawks proved to be too much for the injury-riddled Calgary Flames tonight as they scored 4 times to hand the Flames a 4th straight first-round exit from the playoffs.

Yes, it hurts. A 4th straight “One and Done” playoffs for the Flames… But it doesn’t hurt as much as it would have if I had actually watched the game.

I just returned home from work, where I kept myself up-to-date on the evening’s action (or is it inaction?!) with tsn.com and nhl.com. I have to admit that it was tough to see that we followed the same script as the last couple games: early penalty, early 1-0 defecit. Each time I returned to the computer to refresh the screen I got more bad news.

Whether I agonized while watching the game or not, the result is the same. A 4-2 series loss for the Flames, who fell victim to a young Chicago Blackhawks team that deserved the win. They took advantage of a shaky, injury-reduced roster of Calgary Flames players and now move onto the 2nd round after winning their first playoff series in 13 years.

With the exception of one substitution in game 3 (Patrick Kane was out with the flu), the Hawks iced the same roster throughout the series, and used their speed and skill to put more pucks behind Miikka Kiprusoff than the Flames could get past the Nikolai Khabibulin. Many people had the Flames pegged to win this series (including myself), but at the end of the day, the team that was healthy, and had every player show up ready to play was the team that won.

As this post was taking shape, the Anaheim Ducks just put the San Jose Sharks out of the playoffs in game 6 with a 4-1 win. It is now confirmed that the Chicago Blackhawks will be flying a similar flight path in the 2nd round when they face off against the Vancouver Canucks.

Sharks Win Game 7. Flames Are Out.

Posted 23 Apr 2008 — by admin
Category Game 7, Loss, Out Of The Playoffs, Playoffs, Road, Western Conference

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San Jose..5

The San Jose Sharks only needed 8 minutes and 49 seconds to beat the Calgary Flames. This time it was in the 2nd period, as the San Jose sharks banged 4 unanswered goals into the Flames net to take Game 7 and move on to round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Flames Sharks Hockey
The unlikely hero for the Sharks was 37 year old Jeremy Roenick, who scored 2 goals and added 2 assists – his only points of the post season so far. Roenick was a healthy scratch in game 6, which might have helped his motivation.

Or it might have just been a lucky shot that got his confidence up.

Indeed, that’s what it looked like when the CBC replayed his first goal – the 2-2 tying goal – over and over again. Roenick’s shot from the point squeaked under Miikka Kiprusoff’s stick after it looked like it was about to be deflected in front of the net. Kipper flinched and moved his stick a half inch and that was enough for the puck to find the 5 hole and the back of the net.

Roenick’s 2nd goal was the beginning of the unravelling of the Flames season. He scored a nice goal on a rebound on the powerplay, and from that point, Calgary could not get any momentum back.

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Joe Pavelski scored another goal 4 minutes later and Flames coach Mike Keenan decided to pull Miikka Kiprusoff for the 2nd time in the series. The plan backfired though, as Curtis Joseph let in another goal on his 2nd shot of the game.

The Flames pressed immediately after goal #5, but they did not have enough to come back from another 3-goal defecit. Flames 4th liner Wayne Primeau added a goal for the Flames 5 minutes in to period 3, but it was all for nothing, as the series ended just as most people had predicted – with the San Jose Sharks moving to round 2, and the Calgary Flames tuning up their golf clubs.

Calgary captain Jarome Iginla scored a goal, as did Owen Nolan.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
SJS: Thornton A: Cheechoo, Roenick
CGY: Iginla A: Aucoin, Phaneuf

2nd Period
CGY: Nolan A: Huselius, Conroy
SJS: Roenick A: Ehrhoff
SJS: Roenick A: Campbell, Rivet
SJS: Pavelski A: Grier, Efrhoff
SJS: Setiguchi A: Roenick

3rd Period
CGY: Primeau A: Moss, Aucoin