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.
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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.
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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February 12 2016 05:30AM
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February 12 2016 12:04AM
The Calgary Flames came into San Jose hoping for a consistent 60 minute effort, and ideally two points.
After one of the most bizarre games they've played in all season, they're probably just happy to escape Silicon Valley. Despite blowing 2-0 and 4-1 leads, and losing both David Jones and Karri Ramo to injuries, the Flames eked out a 6-5 shootout victory in San Jose.
It was a fun game to watch if you only cared about goals and excitement. If you wanted to see strong structural hockey, or a team not blowing giant leads, you came to the wrong place.