Posts Tagged ‘Battle of Alberta’

Flames Drop 2 in Battle of Alberta

Posted 19 Oct 2008 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames gave up the lead 2 times in 2 days to hand the Edmonton Oilers their 3rd and 4th straight wins to start the 2008-2009 season. With the losses, the Flames now sit at 1-3-1 and have started the season in a very lacklustre style that makes it hard to be a Flames fan in October.

Flames Captain, Jarome Iginla has 1 goal and 3 assists to open the season, and has been in 2 fights – one good one with Willie Mitchell (despite getting ‘jerseyed’) and one that was a waste with Cody McCormick. The Flames have a tough enough team and should not have to rely on their captain (and top scorer) to flight for them. Surely this has something to do with Sean Avery’s comments… but this shouldn’t be happening. Iginla needs to be on the ice to score.

Miikka Kiprusoff has started the season at a snail’s pace. He has a 4.36 goals against average, and has been out of position too many times. Typically he’s let himself slide out of the net while stopping the first shot… only to let in many 2nd shot chances. Granted, the Flames defence is not doing what they should to stop their opponents from getting these 2nd (and 3rd!) shots on net… but Kipper needs to realize this and adapt his game. He is obviously not comfortable and not happy.

The Flames are being led on the scoreboard by Todd Bertuzzi who has 5 goals in 5 games, and by Daymond Langkow with 1 goal and 5 assists. These guys are supposed to be putting points on the board for the Flames, but they need a little backup from the 2nd and 3rd lines. The Flames have averaged 2.8 goals per game (3.5 goals-per-game if you remove the 6-0 opening night blowout), but have allowed 4.4 goals per game. The Flames typically rely on their one-time Vezina goaltender to bail them out, and they need to realize that Kipper is more than human, and needs a lot of help. I should point out that Kipper won the Vezina during a year that the Flames had one of the most defensive-oriented teams in the NHL. During the 2005-2006 season any team that got behind the Flames by a goal or more had little chance of winning. This season is completely different.

The Oilers are now 4-0-0 to start the season – something that nobody would have predicted last summer. The only other teams that remain unbeaten this season are Minnesota (4-0-0) and Buffalo (4-0-1).

Flames Win Home Opener Against Oilers

Posted 07 Oct 2006 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Flames, Nilson, Win, Yelle

Marcus Nilson scored on a rebound with less than a minute left in the 2nd period to win the the Calgary Flames’ home opener tonight.

Dwayne Roloson stopped Stefan Yelle’s first shot on net, but left a huge rebound for Nilson, who made no mistake in scoring his first goal of the season. Alex Tanguay picked up his first assist of the season on the play also.

Edmonton opened the scoring in the first period with a goal from Joffrey Lupul just under 9 minutes into the game. But Calgary’s Stefan Yelle notched the equalizer with just 8 seconds left in the period.

The game was typical of any Battle of Alberta matchup, with lots of physical play and plenty of chances for both teams. Both teams had 8 penalties apiece.

Calgary’s next game is at home vs. the San Jose Sharks on Oct 9.

Flames Drop Season Opener to Oilers

Posted 09 May 2006 — by admin
Category Battle of Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Flames, Iginla, Loss

The Calgary Flames started the 2006-2007 season on the road in Edmonton… and they might as well have stayed in Calgary. The Flames didn’t show up to play and fell 3-1 to the Oilers.

Edmonton came out running-and-gunning, and were rewarded with two 1st period goals from Peter Sykora. Daniel Tjarnqvist also scored in the 3rd period for the Oilers.

Calgary’s only goal came at 14:25 of the 3rd period when Jarome Iginla took a pass from Daymond Langkow and burned Dwayne Roloson’s hope of a shutout.

The back-to-back, Battle of Alberta start to the season shifts back to the Saddledome on Saturday for the Flames Home opener.