GDFD No. 54: Quack quack quack quack quack, Mr. Ducksworth

Ryan Lambert
February 11 2009 07:34PM

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Welcome to the sixth Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 54th game of the season on Feb. 11, 2009.

Ugh these guys again. Remember all that stuff from my last GDFD featuring the Ducks?

It’s a sad state of affairs indeed that finds that Ducks coming into Calgary with a record barely above .500 and still somehow fifth in the Western Conference. One supposes that it speaks to the overall quality of the top four teams versus that of the remainder of the pack, but screw it.

All that more or less still applies. So yeah.

Who:

The Calgary Flames (31-18-4 for 66 points. Tied for third in the West, first in the Northwest) and the Anaheim Ducks (27-24-5 for 59 points. Six in the West, third in the Pacific)

When:

8 p.m. Mountain time and 10 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should buy a new Rubik's Cube.

Where:

Honda Center, Anaheim, California.

Calgary is 11-11-1 on the road this year, but they’ve lost three in a row away from Calgary. But the good news is that Anaheim is barely above .500 at home (14-11-3), but one of those wins was against the Flames, 3-2, on Nov. 2.

What (to hate about the Ducks):

Named after a kids' movie — Enjoy the movies all you like, but this is like if someone named a basketball team after the Looney Tunes in SpaceJam. They didn't even have the smarts to draft that Adam Banks kid. He was unreal.

Anaheim — It's like L.A., only a lot crummier. It's also in Orange County, which locals now unironically refer to as "The O.C."

The Iowa Chops — Another embarrassing team name. They were also one of several teams to host Sarah Palin in the run-up to the US presidential election. Guilt by association.

Saturday's game — Sucked.

Corey Perry — Dickburger with cheese.

Why?

Because. Enjoy the game and feel free to fart around in the comments section!

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#1 Kent
February 11 2009, 07:47PM
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Cuttin' it close my friend!

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#2 TLP
February 11 2009, 08:10PM
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I wrote it at like 3pm EST and sat around like a jerk all day.

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#3 Kent
February 11 2009, 08:17PM
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Of course Bert scores on a day I call him out.

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#4 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 08:36PM
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@ Kent:

uhh, more likely BECAUSE you called him out.

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#5 Kent
February 11 2009, 08:38PM
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Well, true enough.

Dion looks good so far. So does Gio. otherwise, the Flames are chasing the puck around out there. The first line scored but has looked like crap ever since.

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#6 Kent
February 11 2009, 08:45PM
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Lucky to be ahead after that one. Kipper made some nice saves on some quality chances.

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#7 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:09PM
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Iginla looks like a 4th line player out there. WTF is wrong with that guy?

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#8 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:19PM
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What does it take for the Ducks to be called for a penalty in this game? I saw at least half a dozen clear infractions ignored in the first period. Now we're half way through the second and they still haven't even taken a minor??

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#9 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 09:27PM
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after seeing iggy on that PP, i'm 99% sure someone has hexed him. there is no other rational explanation....

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#10 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:28PM
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Jarome does his best 3rd liner impression on the PP, missing an open net, and then Glencorss does an Iggy impression with a rocket to the top corner.

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#11 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:33PM
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That Lombo line looks great again tonight. Good news.

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#12 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:38PM
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Welcome back, Phaneuf. Where have you been?

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#13 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 09:39PM
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he looked good the whole way through the slump, if you ask me. i hope that hit was legal.... he's gonna get boo'd for the rest of the night, to be sure.

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#14 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 09:39PM
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walkinvisible wrote:

he looked good the whole way through the slump, if you ask me.

i'm talkin' lombo, here....

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#15 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:40PM
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"Pronger went after Phaneuf because he thought the hit was dirty."

Rich, rich irony.

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#16 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 09:41PM
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hahahahaha oh, it's a shame you're not liveblogging tonight' the first game i'm at home for in ages...

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#17 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:44PM
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Well, this is almost as good.

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#18 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:46PM
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Wow, 5-1 for EDM. How deep does the Rabbit Hole go for the Canadiens?

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#19 Kent
February 11 2009, 09:51PM
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The meltdown is epic over at Four Habs Fans. Best comment from the open thread:

Fuck Carbo, fuck his system, fuck our Defense, fuck it all to Satan's cockhole. Fuck Kovalev, fuck Komisarek, and fuck the guy that's obviously shooting loads of cum into Carey's eyes. And fuck Gainey too. Yeah, I said it. Fuck Gainey and his bullshit. Fuck him and his shitty trades and this pussy of a team he's put together. He should be at every practice skull fucking Carbo in front of the other players, telling them that they're next if they play as bad as Carbo coaches.... FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK

Hilarious.

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#20 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:01PM
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*ahem* when i said lombo was looking good, i meant offensively... he's havin' a bit of a tough game on D tonight....

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#21 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:04PM
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Lombardi v. Getzlaf is a mis-match. The latter is a top 10 center in the league.

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#22 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:06PM
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Iginla's first good play of the night, and it's a defensive one.

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#23 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:07PM
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lookit that !!! an offensive zone penalty by bertuzzi !!!

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#24 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:08PM
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guaranteed goal here, btw.

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#25 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:08PM
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How incredibly rare! Next he'll be sending ill-advised back-hand passes across the ice!

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#26 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:09PM
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Flames PK looks like garbage tonight.

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#27 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:10PM
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Kent wrote:

How incredibly rare! Next he’ll be sending ill-advised back-hand passes across the ice!

he already did that, remember ? and everyone was all talking about what a beauty backhand pass it was to iggy (who didn't score) ??

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#28 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:13PM
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Im still waiting for one at the offensive blueline. Or in our own zone.

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#29 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:14PM
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fair enough...

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#30 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:14PM
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Of all the shit these idiot refs have let go tonight, they call that a "hook".

Jesus H.

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#31 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:15PM
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Hard to believe they make that call on Cammalleri when stuff like that - or worse - has been going on all night.

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#32 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:16PM
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shhhh ! lost is on. ;)

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#33 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:18PM
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Pffft. Lost. Talk about an appropriately titled show.

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#34 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:21PM
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i wish boyd would do a cammalleri impression right about now...

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#35 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:22PM
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poor poor gio.... totally not his fault once again....

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#36 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:27PM
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Hard to believe this game is still tied.

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#37 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:28PM
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An interference penalty?? On the DUCKS?? I can't believe it.

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#38 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:28PM
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as in: we should be losing ??? i'm watching now... promise...

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#39 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:36PM
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We should be losing, yes.

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#40 ngthagg
February 11 2009, 10:37PM
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Wow . . . how long has it been since Kipper has been our best player?

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#41 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:37PM
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Jesus Christ Kipper.

Ahh, well. Flames didn't deserve to win that anyways.

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#42 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:38PM
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Ahh, apologies to Kiprusoff. Dion tipped that one in.

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#43 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:38PM
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well, we did. so all is right in the world again.

one point is decent for that stinky one.

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#44 walkinvisible
February 11 2009, 10:39PM
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@ walkinvisible:

(that was in response to "we should be losing")

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#45 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:41PM
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Flames gotta figure things out on the road. 40 shots on net again.

Doesn't help that the PP and first line are sink-holes.

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#46 Robert Cleave
February 11 2009, 10:54PM
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Kent wrote:

Doesn’t help that the PP and first line are sink-holes.

No kiddin', Mr. Wilson. That Iginla-Bertuzzi pair hasn't worked all year, and the PP is starting to look as sclerotic as it did last year. Not optimal. Kiprusoff stole a point for them tonight, full stop.

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#47 Kent
February 11 2009, 10:58PM
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Pretty much. The depth played alright too (Glencross/Bourque). I wonder Jarome is going to figure things out this season. He seems to be getting worse rather than better for him.

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#48 Robert Cleave
February 11 2009, 11:10PM
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It might end up being a Jarmoe year like 05/06 for him, Kent. The Flames have had enough production from their foot soldiers and Cammalleri to mask his play, but they aren't going anywhere in the post-season without him operating at a high level.

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#49 Brent G.
February 11 2009, 11:49PM
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It was good to see Phaneuf play a pretty good game. I thought he looked very good tonight and hopefully this will be a more consistent performance (although I do think more recently he has been a lot better). Iggy needs something and I cant figure out what. Your right him and Glencross are impersonating each other now. That being said happy to get the point, I fully expect they will respond tomorrow and hopefully finally give Mcelhinny the support he needs to get his first W.

Cheers

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#50 GoIggy
February 12 2009, 09:29AM
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That's a tough one to drop but I agree with Brent that Dion looked more solid than the usual garbage he has brought to the dome this year.

Get ready Kings! The Flames appear to be semi ready for you!!

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