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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.

Flames Earn Win #2, Beat Washington

Posted 21 Oct 2008 — by admin
Category Flames, Iginla, Lombardi, Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Win, home

Capitals Flames Hockey
Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames held Russian sniper Alexander Ovechkin to one assist on the way to defeating the visiting Washington Capitals 2-1 tonight. The win is their 2nd of the season. Jarome Iginla scored his 2nd goal of the season, and Matthew Lombardi netted his first goal to win the game for the Flames.

The win is a big one for Kiprosoff and the Flames who have been struggling since the start of the season. Kipprusoff allowed only one goal, and the Flames showed up on defence tonight to help him keep the puck out of the net.

The Flames played solid defense against an offensively talented Capitals Lineup that includes Ovechkin and fellow Russian Alexander Semin, who is 2nd in the NHL in scoring (6) and points (10) so far. Semin has had an explosive start to the season and has made up for Ovechkin’s lack of scoring thus far. Ovechkin has only 2 goals and 3 assists on the season.

The best way to sum up the game tonight was penalty-ridden, with many missed opportunities. The Flames successfully killed off a 9-min Washington powerplay after Rene Bourque retaliated to a big hit on Daymond Lankgow. This was followed by 8-straight Washington penalties throughout the first and 2nd period. Jarome Iginla connected with the back of the net on one of these powerplays early in the second, but the Flames spent more powerplay time trying to get away from the pesky Capitals than they did controlling the play as they have been.

Matthew Lombardi’s goal at 2:42 of the 2nd period gave the Flames a chance to hold onto the lead through 2 periods. They didn’t dissappoint their fans tonight and pulled off a victory for the home crowd.

The Flames now head out on the road for games in Nashville on Thursday and Phoenix on Saturday before returning to the Saddledome to face the Colorado Avalanche one week from tonight.