March 07 2014 10:57PM
(courtesy the NHL/NHL.com)
Joe Nieuwendyk's number was honoured (but not retired) on Friday night at the Scotiabank Saddledome. As expected, the Calgary Flames sat around on the bench for about 20 minutes as people talked about how great Nieuwendyk was as a player. Then they played a fairly uninspired two periods of hockey, aside from a few pockets of energetic play from the kids.
And then the New York Islanders failed to cash in on 66 seconds of a two-man advantage, already up two goals, and the Hockey Gods punished them for it. Three Flames goals in just over four minutes, and the Flames accomplished a miraculous comeback and won despite being the worse team for about 45 of the game's 60 minutes.
It was as if the Islanders just wanted to lose the game more than the Flames did. (Spoiler: This is probably true.)
March 07 2014 01:08PM
-via Michael Cummo Photography
Tonight, the Calgary Flames (24-31-7) host the New York Islanders (24-32-9) at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The game is an important one in the reverse standings. If the Flames win in regulation, they leap frog the Islanders into 25th overall (no good). If the Flames lose in regulation and Florida beats the Sabres , the Flames end up tied for the 28th spot overall (excellent). The night will no doubt be special as former Flame great, Joe Nieuwendyk, will be honored in the Flames 'Forever a Flame' program. Puck drops at 7 pm MT (or whenever the ceremony ends).
March 07 2014 10:47AM
It's a Game Day here at FlamesNation, as the Calgary Flames host the John Tavares-less New York Islanders. It's also Retro Night, with good music, bad fashion, sweet Retro jerseys, and a tribute to Joe Nieuwendyk - Joe's #25 will go up to the rafters as part of the Forever a Flames program.
Now that I'm fully recovered from trade deadline day on Wednesday, I've got a few thoughts.
March 06 2014 09:11AM
1. The Flames' action, or lack thereof
So after all that, the Flames' big haul as they attempt to rebuild from years of mismanagement is what will probably end up being a mid-second- and late third-round pick, and the only guys they offloaded were Reto Berra and Lee Stempniak.
Let's start with the former of those deals, which shipped Berra, a 27-year-old goaltending "prospect" who was in way over his head in the NHL and should have no value whatsoever. Getting anything for him, let alone a pick that's likely to be in the 50s, is frankly not half bad. It's more than should have been expected.
March 06 2014 12:04AM
After a relatively uneventful (for them) NHL trade deadline day, the Calgary Flames gathered their composure and headed into action against the visiting Ottawa Senators. While the pesky Sens are a formidable foe, the Flames also rode into battle against arguably their stiffest foe – their new third jerseys. Since introducing the Western-themed jerseys, the club had amassed an 0-8-0 record heading into tonight's contest – to the point where head coach Bob Hartley even weaselled out of wearing them on Western Night.
On this evening, the Flames – with their diminished roster complemented by several AHL call-ups from Abbotsford, finally won a game in their third jerseys. They beat the Senators by a 4-1 score, and they largely carried the play.
It was a weird game.