Archive for the ‘Shutout’ Category

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…)

Flames shutout Senators

Posted 12 Mar 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Higgins, Mayers, Ottawa Senators, Shutout, Win, home
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Miikka Kiprusoff put on a stellar performance tonight stopping 33 shots as the Calgary Flames shutout the Ottawa Senators 2-0 to win their 4th consecutive game. It is Kipper’s 34th shutout of his career. Coincidence? I think not…

The Flames started out slowly, seeming to give the Senators too many chances, but by the end of the first period it was 1-0 Calgary and the shots were only 4-4. In the 2nd, the Flames seemed to be skating with elastic bands keeping their feet from moving too far apart, but they still managed to stop the Senators from getting shots on net. When the Sens did get a shot on net Kipper was there to close the door with a Finnish smile and his flashy white pads.

I’m not sure what the final shot-block count was but the Flames must have blocked 25-30 shots tonight. Eric Nystrom took a “walk it off” walk down the tunnel tonight, as did Cory Sarich. According to the always knowledgeable Alex Ruiz, Giordano blocked 6 shots, Sarich blocked 5 and JayBo blocked 4. After exploding for 14 goals in their previous 3 games, the Flames needed shot blocking like that tonight to come out on the right end of a 2-0 shutout.

Calgary’s win tonight keeps them in 8th place in the tight Western Conference race for the playoffs. They are one point ahead of Detroit and tied with Nashville. I’m sure the Flames have their sights on their next game in Vancouver, but us Flames fans are looking at 6th, 5th and *maybe* even 4th place in the West, which are all looking a lot more feasable now that we’re only 6 points back with 14 games remaining. The season is far from over at this point, and win streaks will determine who finishes where.

Needless to say, the Flames are far from done – both in the “out of the playoffs” sense and the “our work here is done” sense. Let’s see how far this new infusion of energy from the new players can take them.

Flyers Shut out Flames

Posted 02 Feb 2010 — by admin
Category Calgary Flames, Loss, Philadelphia Flyers, Shutout, home
Flyers Maple Leafs Hockey

A day after the blockbuster trade that sent Dion Phaneuf and Freddie Sjostrom to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Calgary Flames didn’t seem to have any extra motivation to play. The Philadelphia Flyers rolled through the Saddledome and had a relatively easy time with the Flames as they ended the night with a 3-0 shutout victory.

The ‘Dome was quiet for most of the night, especially after the Flames went down 2-0 early in the 2nd period. Fans decked out in old Phaneuf jerseys with new “White” name bars were not friendly to their team, and ended up booing the Flames off the ice after a lacklustre effort.

The game was overshadowed by not only the Phaneuf trade and arrival of 4 new players (Stajan, Hagman, White, Mayers) but also the rumoured trade that would sent Olli Jokinen and Brandon Prust to the NY Rangers after the game.

Is it any wonder the Flames lost tonight? What are they going to do with 3 more games in the next 5 nights. When is this new team supposed to practise? Sheesh.

Flames Set 2 Records in Nashville

Posted 30 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Nashville Predators, Road, Shutout, Win, record

The Calgary Flames set two team records tonight when they stomped on the Predators 5-0 in Nashville. The Flames put together a complete team effort to bowl over the previously hot Predators and finish the month of November in historic fashion.Flames Predators Hockey
Miikka Kiprusoff recorded his 2nd shutout in a row as the Flames completed their biggest November in franchise history by taking 22 of 28 points in the month. They also set a team record by getting points in 10 straight road games.

After a scoreless first period, David Moss scored the eventual game winner on a breakaway 1:32 into the 2nd period. About 3 minutes later, Nigel Dawes scored his 4th goal in 4 games on a nice feed from the corner by Jarome Iginla. Adam Pardy scored his first goal since opening night, Curtis Glencross added a short handed empty netter and Jarome Iginla sealed his status as “Captain Fantastic” by scoring his 13th goal (and 20th point) in the month of November.

The story told by the scoreboard sometimes doesn’t jive with what actually happens on the ice. However, tonight was not one of those nights. The Flames dominated the Predators all over the ice, and earned the 2 points. They took away space from the Preds and capitalized on 2 powerplay opporunities. They successfully killed off 3 penalties and were solid in front of Mikka Kiprusoff, helping him get his league-leading 3rd shutout of the season.

The Flames actually received some praise from their head coach, Brent Sutter. “We did a real good job of playing smart hockey,” he said. “Our puck management was very good. We were able to capitalize in the third period and get three goals. I would say it was a very good effort on everyone’s part.”

The Flames remain in 1st spot in the Northwest Division, two points ahead of Colorado. They also moved 2 points ahead of Chicago to take over sole possesion of 2nd place in the Western Conference. The Flames next game is on Thursday in Phoenix.

Kipper Shuts Out the Canadiens

Posted 11 Nov 2009 — by admin
Category Iginla, Montreal Canadiens, Phaneuf, Road, Shutout, Win

The Calgary Flames had not won a game in Montreal in 9 years, but that changed tonight when Miikka Kiprusoff shut out the Habs for his first shutout and 10th win of the season. The Flames goaltender has been the team’s best player for the past few games and made some spectacular saves to maintain the 1-0 win tonight.

Jarome Iginla scored the only goal of the game with 5:05 remaining in the first period. It was his 5th goal in 4 games, which gives him 9 on the season. Iginla, nicknamed “Mr. November” by some fans has a history of playing well in the second month of the season. He’s leading the team on and off the ice and

The Canadiens have now lost 3 consecutive games on home ice and their fans are not too happy. They gave it a good effort tonight, so their fans have to recognize that much. It was also a very entertaining game to watch. In fact, tonight’s game was one of the most exciting games I’ve seen between Calgary and Montreal since Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup finals.

Sure that’s setting the bar high, but this game was really that good. There were fights, hits and scoring chances galore. Both teams played with energy and tenacity, and never let up. The best 2 minutes of the game came while Brandon Prust and Maxime Lapierre were in the penalty box. The 2 minutes of 4-on-4 play that followed was unbelieveable! Both teams had 2 good scoring chances, including Scott Gomez who had a breakaway on Miikka Kiprusoff. Habs goalie Jaroslav Halak played awesome and kept his team in the game right to the end.

The notable player for the Flames tonight was Dion Phaneuf. He brought a physical presence to the game that is reminiscent of years past. He laid 2 solid hits on Habs players in the first and second periods and hit everything in green (yes, the Habs were wearing green!) pants.

The Flames look to extend their winning streak to 5 games when they visit Buffalo on Friday.

Flames Shutout Rangers in NY

Posted 07 Dec 2008 — by admin
Category Bourque, Iginla, Moss, New York Rangers, Road, Shutout, Win

Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 31 shots he faced to shutout the New York Rangers and help the Calgary Flames win 3-0 at Madison Square Gardens tonight.

Kipprusoff wouldn’t know it until the end of the game, but his biggest stop came only 15 seconds into the first period when he stopped a Ryan Callahan re-direct with the tip of his left skate. Callahan got a great break in on net right off the opening faceoff, and Kipper had to be sharp to keep the home side from getting an early 1-0 lead.

After that first stop, Kipper seemed to be in the zone and remained perfect for the rest of the game. He was tested numerous times, but the Flames defence seemed to know that their goaltender was not going to give up any easy goals, and adjusted their play accordingly. Fourteen minutes into the first period the Rangers had a 2-on-1 against Robyn Regehr. The flames defender played it perfectly, taking away the pass and allowed Kipper to play Brandon Dubinsky’s shot… which he kicked into the corner.

The Rangers have some veritable snipers and are known for their tricky puck handling and tape-to-tape passing. Though they may not have the highest scoring offense in the league, the Rangers have found success partly because they have one of the best goaltenders in Henrik Lundqvist. If you have 2 Vezina trophy contenders on the ice in one game, you know that they will both be playing their best. While Kipper was perfect, Lundqvist wasn’t helped by his defence and made a couple mistakes.

The Calgary Flames were up to the challenge of beating Lundqvist tonight, and took advantage of the few mistakes he made to score 3 times. It took them 35 minutes to get a puck past the NY goalie, but Jarome Iginla finally got the Flames on the board on a 2nd rebound attempt. The goal was made possible by Curtis Glencross, who continues to impress me. His hard work on the boards inside the Flames blueline got the puck out to Iginla who lead the rush up the ice. Iginla passed to Dion Phaneuf, who put a shot on net. Mike Cammalleri banged away at the rebound, which bounced off Lundqvist right onto Iginla’s stick. Iginla wasted no time snapping the puck into the wide-open goal.

The Flames got some insurance from David Moss 1:52 into the 3rd period when he scored his 4th goal in 4 games. The salt was rubbed into the Rangers wounds when Rene Bourque scored short-handed with 2 minutes to play in the 3rd period giving the Flames a 3-0 lead. The NY fans that still remained in their seats ran for the exits after Bourque scored.

Game Notes:
Kipprusoff got his 3rd shutout of the season, and 29th of his career.
Warren Peters played in his first NHL game for the Flames and logged 5:08 of ice-time.
The Flames moved into 1st spot in the Northwest Division following Vancouver’s shoot out loss to Colorado.

Flames vs. Avalanche Highlights

Posted 20 Nov 2008 — by admin
Category Colorado Avalanche, Highlights, Road, Shutout, Win

Flames Knock the Wind out of Hurricanes

Posted 07 Dec 2006 — by admin
Category Carolina Hurricanes, Shutout, Win, home

Calgary….3
Carolina0


It only took Daymond Langkow 28 seconds to extend his point-scoring streak to six games.

Langkow’s early goal then stood up as the winner as the Calgary Flames blanked the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Tuesday night.

“You always want to chip in any way possible and it just so happens I’ve got a little streak going but the main thing is the two points at the end of the game,” said Langkow.

Langkow also assisted on linemate Jarome Iginla’s empty-net goal to improve to eight goals and 15 assists in 25 games.

Iginla, who now has 299 career goals to go with 300 assists, said he enjoys having Langkow as his center and that the line has also rounded out nicely with the addition of left winger Alex Tanguay.

“He’s a very good guy to play with,” Iginla said of Langkow. “He’s a very hard worker. He’s not the biggest guy but he goes to the net as hard as anybody. His hands are so good around the net. As a line, I think we’re starting to get more chances consistently.”

Roman Hamrlik also scored for the Flames, while goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped all 23 shots he faced to record his fourth shutout of the season.

“It was a big challenge for our team and we did a good job tonight,” Kiprusoff said. “We knew they had lots of speed and we had to match that and that’s what we did tonight. They had not too many scoring chances, we played really strong defensively.”

Calgary has now won three games in a row and eight straight home games at the Saddledome.

The loss ended Carolina’s winning streak at three games.

Calgary seemed fired up to play the defending Stanley Cup champions in front of a sellout crowd of 19,289 fans.

“Obviously, everybody was ready to go and we had a good start, got an early lead and we played well,” Langkow said. “It’s a great way to start, especially against a team like that.”

Langkow quickly opened the scoring as he backhanded his own rebound past falling Carolina netminder John Grahame to put Calgary up 1-0.

“Any time you give up a goal that early, it kind of gives them the momentum,” said Grahame, who was disappointed he didn’t control the rebound better. “They kind of had it for the first part of the game.”

The Flames upped their lead to 2-0 late in the first period when Hamrlik one-timed a pass from Kristian Huselius into the top corner past Grahame.

“It was a nice shot,” Grahame said. “I think it was post and in. I just look at it from my point of view that those are some of the saves that you have to come up with.”

Carolina couldn’t get anything going long enough to put any sustained pressure on Kiprusoff.

“Any time you get down that early in a game, it’s not where you want to be especially against a team that’s pretty good defensively,” said Carolina forward Eric Staal. “They did a good job of keeping us to the outside and we just didn’t generate enough.”

During a Carolina power play late in the first, Kiprusoff made a nice paddle save off a close-in shot by Hurricanes forward Eric Cole to keep the game scoreless.

The Flames had a pair of power-play opportunities in the second period, but couldn’t get any more pucks past Grahame.

Early in the third, Kiprusoff made a turned aside a point shot from Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley shortly before stopping a slap shot off the stick of Cole from the slot.

Grahame kept his squad in the game in the third by making a glove save off a shot from the slot by Calgary winger Alex Tanguay midway through the period.

Summary from NHL.com

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Langkow (8) A: Iginla, Tanguay
CGY: Hamrlik (3) A: Huselius, Kobasew

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
CGY: Iginla (20) A: Regehr, Langkow

Flames Honour Hotchkiss with Shutout over Blues

Posted 15 Nov 2006 — by admin
Category Shutout, St. Louis Blues, Win, home

Calgary….3
St. Louis0


Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has helped the Calgary Flames turn their season around.

Kiprusoff made 24 saves Tuesday night for his second shutout in three games and third of the season as the Flames reeled off their fifth straight victory, 3-0 over the St. Louis Blues.

Kiprusoff has been in net for all five wins and has played superb, looking like the goalie that won the Vezina Trophy last season as the NHL’s top goaltender. He has a 1.00 goals-against average and .965 save percentage over the streak.

“I’m happy how I’ve been playing and the team’s been playing better too,” said Kiprusoff. “We didn’t start as well as would have liked, but we’ve been playing better and better night after night and that’s a good sign.”

It was the 20th shutout of Kiprusoff’s career.

“Tonight, they had not too many chances, it was a pretty easy game for me,” Kiprusoff said. “Pretty much all the shots were from the outside and I saw those pucks. It was a nice game to play.”

Daymond Langkow, Kristian Huselius, and Andrew Ference scored for the Flames (8-7-2), who were one point out of the Western Division cellar just 12 days ago. Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla each had two assists.

Calgary’s longest winning streak since winning eight in a row last November has the club in the top eight in the Conference after passing Vancouver, who lost Tuesday night.

St. Louis (5-9-3) lost for the fourth time in its last five. The Blues began a five game road trip, their longest of the season.

“It was a bad loss for us,” said Blues veteran Bill Guerin. “The veteran players need to step up and perform better and we didn’t do that tonight.”

Especially impressive of late has been Calgary’s play even strength. In the past six games that began with a shootout loss to Columbus, the Flames have outscored the opposition 15-1 while playing five-on-five. They have gone over 285 minutes since last surrendering an even strength goal.

“It’s a reflection of our team,” said Calgary coach Jim Playfair. “If you look at our five-on-five play, Miikka gives the team the confidence because our starting point is always with our goaltender out and the team builds off of that.”

Kiprusoff got all the offense he would need 3 minutes into the game when the Flames executed a pretty three-way passing play. Iginla zipped a cross-ice pass to Tanguay, who slid the puck back across the front of the net to Langkow for an easy tap-in.

The lead stayed at 1-0 until the second minute of the third period when Huselius struck short-handed. Doug Weight lost the puck at the St. Louis blue-line, and Huselius gathered it in and streaked in alone, ripping a shot over the glove of Manny Legace.

“We definitely hung around and gave ourselves a chance, but you can only hang on for so long before something breaks and it did,” said Guerin.

Ference rounded out the scoring with a power-play goal at 16:34 of the third.

“It seemed like every shot they had was a scoring chance and you can’t be giving that up especially in the third period in a one goal hockey game,” said Legace, who stopped 17 of 19 shots in relief of Curtis Sanford, who left the game at 13:34 of the first period with a strained groin. “First you give the guy a breakaway and he puts it off the bar, a great shot, and then there’s a breakdown on their power-play. The third period was tough.”

Notes: A pre-game ceremony honoured Calgary radio play-by-play voice Peter Maher and owner Harley Hotchkiss for their induction Monday into the Hockey Hall of Fame. … Maher’s daughter Tricia sang both of the national anthems.

From NHL.com

Scoring Summary

1st Period
CGY: Langkow (5) A: Tanguay, Iginla

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
CGY: Huselius (5)
CGY: Ference (2) A: Tanguay, Iginla

Flames Blank Senators 1-0 in Ottawa

Posted 12 Oct 2006 — by admin
Category GameBlog, Ottawa Senators, Road, Shutout, Win

Calgary..1
Ottawa0

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The Flames have had a hard time scoring goals so far this season, but they only needed one goal tonight to beat the Ottawa Senators 1-0. Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 33 shots to register his first shutout of the season, and Jarome Iginla scored at 11:35 of the 3rd period to give the Flames the win.

Kiprusoff, the 2005-2006 Vezina Trophy winner, had a Flames franchise record of 10 shutouts last season. With the off-season to rest an injured hip, he’s in better shape this season than he was last year.

Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf also showed up to play tonight and threw several good hits throughout the game. Phaneuf’s most notable hit was on Denis Hamel at the Flames blueline. He nailed Hamel with a solid shoulder to the chest and sent him flying about 4 feet through the air and onto his back. A photo of the hit made NHL.com’s Frozen Moment for the night.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla commented about the hit, “What timing he has. He gets a lot of those hits, but that was still pretty impressive to see.”

The Flames continue their eastern roadtrip with a visit to Toronto on Saturday night.

Scoring Summary

1st Period
no scoring

2nd Period
no scoring

3rd Period
CGY – Iginla (2) A: Huselius, Lombardi