March 02 2009 11:01AM
Big ups to Jarome Iginla and all that, obviously, but uh... wow.
So that's the end of that nice little run, huh? Not only did the Flames lose to the f'n Lightning, they got thoroughly, thoroughly embarrassed. I'm not the biggest hockey expert in the world, but I figure if you score six goals, you should win every game, every time, no questions asked.
Poor Jarome Iginla goes out, scores his 400th goal and passes Theo Fleury for the all-time franchise lead and the rest of the team lays an egg like THAT? Ugh. There's really nothing else to say.
Still, how can I stay mad when I've got a smile like this lighting up my life?
- Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adeunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla is now officially the best player to ever pull on a Flames sweater. His current totals stand at 400 goals and 434 assists, a healthy majority of which came in the so-called Dead Puck era when scoring was at a premium and Iginla had almost literally no help. When they induct him into the Hall of Fame in like 10 or 12 years, it's going to be one of the proudest moments in the history of this franchise. We are incredibly, incredibly lucky to have him.
- Mike Cammalleri was also very good.
- Jim Vandermeer somehow crawled from that mangled wreckage at plus-2. I haven't a clue how.
- Todd Bertuzzi stupid penalty count: 0! Again! And he scored.
- Dion Phaneuf had another point (four games in a row now), seven shots and an even plus-minus. I guess that's all you're really looking for.
- Oh let's just skip right to the last one.
- Miikka Kiprusoff's run of incredible luck ended. Five goals against on 19 shots. Curtis McElhinney was only slightly better: two on 12.
- Three power play goals against from a team with one of the worst power plays in the league. Awesome.
- Everything else. This game was so brutal that listing all the things in which the Calgary Flames were comprehensively embarrassed would take much more effort than it's worth. This was by far the most putrid performance of the year, and I understand they scored six goals. But to allow eight, especially in that fasion, to a team like TAMPA BAY is inexcusable. It is absolutely, mind-bogglingly terrible that the Lightning came into Calgary on Jarome Iginla's big night and laid that kind of an egg. Unconscionable. Really. There's not even another word for it. I sincerely hope that everyone on the team went up and personally apologized to Iginla. To not have done so would have been a great disservice and insult.