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A Glimmer of Hope at the Saddledome

Posted 12 Mar 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Saddledome

Brent Sutter’s “defence-first” philosophy turned many Flames Fan’s stomachs into knots as they watched their team defend numerous 1-0 leads only to see them disintegrate into 2-1 losses, in the final minutes of the game. Early in the season the Flames were scoring 4 or 5 goals per game, against staunch opponents like the Canucks, Blackhawks, Canadians and a couple of wins over the hapless Oilers. However, in those same games the Flames were giving up over 3.33 goals per game and that probably didn’t sit too well with coach Sutter. In the ensuing months the Flames tightened up their defensive game but their offensive game also suffered – leading to a dearth of ulcers among Flames fans during those 2-1 losses.

Then some missing pieces to the puzzle began falling into place, including a trade on the back-end in favor of some new forwards that could not only put the puck in the net themselves, but could play with Jerome Iginla while taking some of the heat off him in the process. The loss of Dion Phaneuf has gone virtually unnoticed at both ends of the rink where coach Sutter’s defensive game has been improved even further and Phaneuf’s offensive output has more than been replaced.

The Flames recent scoring surge (alright it’s only been 5 games) of 16 goals in 5 games must come as a relief to those who were getting ulcers in those earlier 1-0 games. Meanwhile, at the back-end, the Flames gave up only 1.4 goals per game in those four games, playing against some equally formidable opponents. It seems there’s a glimmer of hope that the 2009-2010 Flames are finally going to look as good on the ice as many thought they looked on paper.

What’s Wrong With Flames Fans?

Posted 18 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Fans, Saddledome, home

I used to brag to my friends in Montreal and Vancouver about how great a building the Saddledome is; how loud it is; and how passionate the Flames fans are about their team. After last night’s performance by the 19,289 fans in attendance I may have to eat my words.

The Flames came back from a road trip after taking 4-of-5 possible points and putting themselves in a position to win and move into top spot in the NW and 2nd in the West. What was supposed to be a loud welcome home for the boys turned into an awkward, high-school-dance-like event where everyone sat on their hands and nobody seemed to want to raise their voices unless someone was fighting.

I don’t intend to give a play-by-play of moments when the crowd got rowdy and when they were silent, but I did want to officially call-out the fans that were there last night and ask them what the hell they were waiting for? I’m sure that the 9,503 fans at Phoenix’s last home game were louder than we were.

For the entire first period it was so quiet in the dome that you could hear a pin drop. Sure there were the usual ooohs and aaaahs when we almost scored, or when Kipper came up with a great save, but the level of noise in the Dome last night was far from ‘loud’. We can’t just cheer when our team scores a goal. When we’re playing at home we need to give our team energy, not suck it out of them if they don’t score within the first 45 seconds of the game. In some rinks the fans make the difference. There was a time when we were those fans, but last night wasn’t one of them.

We’ve got one more day to work our vocal cords and get ready for Chicago. All it takes is one person. Who’s gonna be the fan that starts it tomorrow night?