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.
February 11 2016 11:31PM
Quick, somebody wrap Jiri Hudler and Kris Russell in bubblewrap.
With just three minutes left in regulation between the Flames and the Sharks, Sam Bennett and Mark Giordano took penalties at the same time. It was Giordano's that was particularly costly, though, as his hauling down Joonas Donskoi led to a collision with Ramo - one that seemed to hurt his leg, and one that definitely ended his night.
Ramo was unable to skate off under his own power, so this projects to be bad.
February 11 2016 10:39PM
David Jones was in just his fifth shift of the game when his night unexpectedly came to an end.
Shortly after the Flames made it a 4-1 game off of Mikael Backlund's eighth of the season, Brent Burns took a shot of his own. It didn't reach Karri Ramo, though because Jones - more specifically, the inside of Jones' leg - got in the way.
Jones fell to the ice, and struggled to get back up. It took him roughly 13 seconds after blocking the shot to make his way back to the bench, after which point he left the game, having played just 3:44 on the night.