Posts Tagged ‘Bourque’

Bourque on dominant Team Canada line

Posted 04 May 2010 — by admin
Category Team Canada

Team Canada Hockey

Team Canada’s hockey team played in their first exhibition game in Germany today, and Flames forward Rene Bourque did his part to help them earn the win. Bourque, who was skating on a line with Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry, scored a goal and added 2 assists in Team Canada’s 4-1 win over Team Germany. Their line was dominant in the game, scoring all 4 of Canada’s goals, and finishing with 3 points apiece. Perry scored 2 goals and added 1 assist, while Stamkos scored 1 goal and had 2 assists.

Flames win in Vancouver while overcoming a laser

Posted 10 Jan 2010 — by admin
Category Bourque, Calgary Flames, Lundmark, Road, Vancouver Canucks, Win, shootout

Despite the fact that some idiot in Vancouver thought it would be a good idea to shine a laser in Miikka Kiprusoff’s eyes all night, the Flames won 3-2 in the shootout, regaining their lead atop the Northwest Division and proving that they are the tougher team, mentally and physically.
Flames Canucks Hockey
Anyone who watched tonight would agree that this was one of the best games so far this NHL season. The Flames and Canucks both came out hitting, and played a very physical game to decide who would end up in 1st place in the NW division. The Canucks ended up with the short straw, after their captain gave up 3 goals in the shootout following an exciting game at GM Place. This was the first time in a long time where the Flames scored on all of their shootout opportunities, and they needed all 3 goal to secure the win.

This is a rivalry that is slowly proceeding towards “primary rival status” for the Flames. Calgary is one of the few teams in the NHL that has 2 legitimate rivals, and since the Edmonton Oilers have tanked this season, the Canucks have emerged as the primary rival for the Flames. It is well known that the Flames and Oilers had a great rivalry throughout the 1980s and 1990s, but since then the Canucks have emerged as the stronger team, they seem to be making a case to earn the distinction as the Flames’ primary rival.

Each time that the Flames or Canucks have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals (or won the cup, in the Flames case), they have played each other in the playoffs. Whether they like it or not, the Canucks and the Flames seem to be linked somehow. Their link extends to the playoffs, but it also seems to be evident in the regular season.
Flames Canucks Hockey
Tonight, the Flames and Canucks engaged in an epic battle that included 2 fights between Brandon Prust and Rick Rypien. It was evident from the beginning that the better goaltender would win, and tonight that goaltender was Miikka Kiprusoff. Kipper stopped 19 of 21 shots in regulation and one shot in the shootout. Canucks Captain , Roberto Luongo allow 2 goals in the first 3 periods and let in all 3 shots in shootout. Jamie Lundmark scored the winner for the Flames in the shootout as well as his 2nd period goal that tied the game at 2-2.

Rene Bourque opened the scoring for the Flames 9:36 into the 1st period on a nice drive to the net. He shot the puck over Luongo’s glove hand to take the 1-0 Lead. The Canucks answered with goals from Mikael Samuelsson in the first, and Daniel Sedin in the 2nd to take a 2-1 lead into the 3rd period.

The game went back and forth in the 3rd before Prust and Rypien’s second fight of the night. Seconds after the major penalties were assesed to the 2 fighters, Lundmark slipped a sneaky shot past Luongo to tie the game at 2-2.

Both teams pressed for the winning goal but Kipper and Luongo wouldn’t let anything into the net before the Shootout. Nigel Dawes and Kyle Wellwood both scored in the first round of the shootout. Olli Jokinen scored in the 2nd round before Ryan Kesler was stopped by Kiprusoff. Mayson Raymond scored in the 3nd round of the shootout but it was all for naught as Lundmark beat Luongo to win the game for the Flames.

Calgary has played 5 games in the past 7 days, winning 3 of those games. They continue at home next week against Colorado, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

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.