February 04 2009 09:58AM
Can the Flames just opt out of their remaining games with Dallas? If there's an NHL rule that prohibits forfeit, we, as fans, should be hard at work finding ways to circumvent it.
That, for those scoring at home, is two games against the Stars this year that have yielded putrid performances. While the Flames' playoff spot atop the Northwest is hardly tenuous (10 points with a game in hand over the Canucks), this isn't the type of tone they should be looking to set on the road, and it's also why Darryl Sutter had a closed-door meeting with his team that hopefully included a wallpaper-peeling tirade and the throwing of several thousand dollars' worth of equipment.
Someone's got to scare some life into this team. They're starting to show signs of being not unlike the Jim Playfair-era Flames, and that's about as bad a thing as the human mind can imagine.
- Mike Cammalleri got back on the scoresheet after one game off with an early power play goal that was his team-leading 26th of the year. He is also tied for the league lead in power play goals at 13. Because I don't live in Alberta and had to suffer through the game on Center Ice (no soothing sounds of Peter Loubardias for me) and listen to the Dallas announcers conclude that Cammalleri's only having such a good year because everyone's so worried about Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf. Here's a hint: I wouldn't be worried about Dion Phaneuf at this point.
- For the second night in a row, Miikka Kiprusoff wasn't the problem even though he took the loss. The goals he gave up were a tip, a rebound and nice play on a tip, and a nice little goal from Brad Richards on which he had no chance. He made 29 saves on 32 shots, and with the way the defense has been playing in front of him and allowing shots from high-percentage areas, that's about all you can expect from the poor guy. He made several grade-A saves to keep the score respectable.
- At least now the boys get a few days off, right? RIGHT!?
- Dustin Boyd probably had the chance of the night late in the second period. Marty Turco had dropped his stick and Boyd jammed at a loose puck that had popped out of the scrum. But Turco reached across his body and made a great glove save. That missed opportunity (not that it's Boyd's fault) pretty much guaranteed there was no way the Flames were winning this one.
- Calgary plays Dallas two more times this year. Yuck.
- The Flames are now 1-5-0 in the second game of back-to-backs, all of which have been played on the road. The only win was against the Wild, and even that was in overtime, so the team still gave away points to a division rival. They've also only picked up the front end of a back-to-back three out of six times. The Flames have 12 games remaining on back-to-back days, including all of the final six games of the season. Jesus Christ.
- The Pardy/Phaneuf pairing was brutal once again last night. While only Phaneuf was on the ice for Dallas' two power play goals, Pardy's side of the ice was being attacked every shift he took, and he was getting spun like a top as a consequence. He was in way over his head and Phaneuf hasn't exactly been the kinda guy that can bail out a struggling pairing mate.
- Dallas, whose power play was 25th in the league at 16.6 percent coming into the night, scored twice on five power plays. That's not good, is it?
- Calgary is now 1-8-2 in their last 11 at American Airlines Center. And they have another game there this year. Fun! The Flames are also now a .500 team on the road, going 11-11-4, and have lost four of their last five away from Calgary. Both the Canucks and Oilers, by contrast, have winning road records.