Post-Game: Dogged In The Desert

Ryan Pike
February 12 2016 10:17PM

Last night, the Calgary Flames won an energetic, crazy, sloppy game.

Tonight? They were much less energetic and much more calm. They were almost as sloppy, and were never really in control in a 4-1 road loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Nothing about this game inspired confidence that this group can be a playoff team.

If you wanted an idea of just how inconsistent this group can be from game to game, the last 48 hours are a picture perfect example of that.

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FlamesNation Report Card: February 12, 2016

Ari Yanover
February 12 2016 02:00PM

It's Friday, so you know what that means nowadays: our weekly report card!

Last week, you guys, rather predictably, showed a ton of love for Johnny Gaudreau and T.J. Brodie. Dougie Hamilton, Sam Bennett, and Michael Frolik all garnered a lot of praise from you as well, which makes sense: they're all good players, and they're all expected to be with the Flames for a while yet.

Brandon Bollig, meanwhile, got very little love. Nor did Dennis Wideman, currently in the midst of appealing his 20-game suspension (of which he has thus far served five games of it), Joe Colborne, Jonas Hiller, nor Markus Granlund.

But it's a new week, and time for a new evaluation. Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, and Lance Bouma all got themselves in some hot water over the course of this past week. Also, considering Hiller's straight up heroics last night, at this point, giving him a thumbs down would be just plain mean of you.

But this is your guys' turn to judge, not mine. So go ahead, and vote away on who you liked, and who you didn't!

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FGD #54: Roaming The Desert

Ryan Pike
February 12 2016 12:00PM

Last evening, the Calgary Flames played one of the strangest games of the year. They blew a 4-1 first-period lead but somehow survived two 5-on-3s, losing David Jones and Karri Ramo, and eked out a 6-5 shootout win in San Jose. Now, roughly 20 hours after that game ended they're back in action against another divisional rival, the Arizona Coyotes.

After last night's game, I can honestly say that I have no idea what to expect. The Flames have won three straight (and four of five), but not in ways that inspire any confidence that they can (a) keep it going or (b) creep their way into a playoff spot and stay there until season's end.

The puck drops at 7pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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Flames recall Joni Ortio from Stockton Heat

Ari Yanover
February 12 2016 11:21AM

When Karri Ramo left with still three minutes to go in regulation against the San Jose Sharks, it didn't look good. Unable to skate off under his own power or put weight on his leg, it was confirmed Ramo wouldn't even be in the lineup for the second of the Flames' back-to-back, let alone actually take the ice.

To that end, Ramo has been placed on the injured reserve. The Flames have recalled Joni Ortio, who was originally waived and sent down to the Stockton Heat back on Nov. 26.

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Flames 6, Sharks 5 (SO): How we all holding up?

Ari Yanover
February 12 2016 08:00AM

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That was not a good hockey game - and yet, games like that are part of the appeal of hockey to begin with. 

Ignore the poor goaltending and reffing, with special teams and blown leads abounding every which way: that was fun. That was just plain fun to watch. Other than the parts where players got hurt, the Flames put on an incredibly entertaining show that could easily hook just about anybody in to the sport, with one of the most dramatic finishes we've seen in a while - even if it did go to a shootout.

Then stop ignoring the poor goaltending and reffing and special teams and blown leads, because when your heart gets back under control and your brain turns back on, you recognize that was a really bad game - and the Flames did not deserve nearly as nice of a fate as they got.

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