Top notch, son. Top notch.

Ryan Lambert
March 24 2009 11:03AM

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Hey alright!

The Flames are now 2-0-0 against Detroit when I give them zero chance to win. Congratulations to me.

This week's Detroit game was much more convincing than the one 10 days ago, I figure. Calgary opened a nice lead instead of playing from behind. Calgary took roughly 8 trillion times fewer penalties. Calgary commanded much of the game. All against arguably the best team in the league.

It's all very encouraging, and this was without a major offensive contribution from Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen. Fine by me.

The only thing that's troubling is how the Flames pummel the Stars one game, get embarrassed by the Blues the next, then bully the Red Wings after that. I don't get it. It's this lack of desperation in every game that has the Flames at "only" 90 points. If they didn't throw away points to crap teams with such alarming frequency (just in the last 14 days or so: Carolina, Atlanta, Toronto, St. Louis), you'd be hearing a LOT more talk about how much damage the Flames are going to do in the postseason.

I think, based on how they've gotten up for the "big games" since the win in San Jose, they'll elevate the level of play come the postseason and lay a good old fashioned walloping on whichever team is unfortunate enough to draw them in the first round.

Games like this are great to see, even if games like the last one are quite terrible.

The Good

Mike Cammalleri — He was outstanding, obviously, from a production standpoint (another 1-2-3 night.. his sixth three-point night and 22nd multi-point of the season!), but I thought his was the hand that guided Calgary safely to this win. Just a very steady, calming influence. It sucks that he's gone after this season.

The Craig Conroy line — Monstrous. Six points combined for Connie, David Moss and Curtis Glencross. A goal and an assist each. Well-deserved, too. They did everything right in all three zones.

Beating Detroit —Dropping gimmes against the Blues is bad, but winning the big ones against the teams you maybe shouldn't beat more than makes up for it. After these last two games, do you think Detroit wants to run into the Flames in the postseason?

Dion Phanuef — He had a very solid game. It's nice to see he can still bring it against good teams if he has to, even if he got abused on that Hudler goal. Carried the water well enough, I thought.

Chris Osgood — Hahahaha god he's awful.

Jamie Lundmark — The way he's been playing lately, he's going to want a big raise in the offseason. And he will have earned it too.

Discipline — Calgary took ONE minor penalty against Detroit all night, and that was in the first period. That's a hell of a way to keep the team with the best power play in the league by far off the scoreboard. Complete 180 from the game at the Joe. Great to see.

The Bad

That third period — Almost had a total meltdown, but then again that's what a team like Detroit can do to you if you're not careful. It's not the most egregious misdeed in the world, but it is a bit troublesome.

Being Ty Conklin —Osgood gives up three goals on 13 shots and gets the hook after about 25 minutes. Conklin gives up one on 12. He gets the loss.

Miikka Kiprusoff — Not outright bad, mind you, but the goals he gave up were, umm, less than desirable.

The Ugly

Nothin'.

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#1 Kent
March 24 2009, 11:47AM
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GOnna have disagree with you re: Phaneuf. Another 2 goals against with him on the ice, including the Hudler hows-she-going. Im glad he scored, but he still looks lost in his own end.

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#2 maimster
March 24 2009, 01:33PM
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Also Tampa Bay...two 8-6 losses in the last three weeks (wow, that's hard to read!).

Re: Phaneuf, first half the game I thought he played well in both ends, I was cautiously optimistic. Second half, I thought he was abysmal.

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#3 Keith M
March 24 2009, 01:37PM
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Thanks for the win TLP, I'm afraid I'll have to take the blame for two of the Wings goals. Both times I changed the channel back to the game in the third, the wings scored within seconds, I then stayed away until the game was over and all turned out well. I'll give it 110% next game and try to keep my head in it and take it one game at a time.

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#4 merzer131
March 24 2009, 02:14PM
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maimster wrote:

Second half, I thought he was abysmal.

I would tend to agree with that statement. Midway through the third he was looking all kinds of awesome.

TLP/Kent what would you think is a fair market value for Lundmark?

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#5 Kent W
March 24 2009, 03:49PM
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Market value for Lundmark? no more than $1M I'd say at this point.

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#6 TLP
March 24 2009, 04:12PM
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yeah, like 850 or 900 sounds fine and dandy

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#7 dustin timberlake
March 24 2009, 10:01PM
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Ya you would have to figure Lundmark would be happiest with a one way contract so he doesn't have to go back plugging away on the farm team

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#8 Sabby
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I would think that Lundmark will sign any one way deal from Sutter. Keenan loves him. I know most of you around here don't like Keenan that much but I think he's here next year even if they go out in the first round. It's Preston and Playfair that should go first if there are any changes on the bench. Lundmark dropping the gloves with Ott impressed me. Here's a guy who doesn't ever fight and is listening to that schmuck beak some most likely very personal stuff. It's Ott. If you have any friends or friends of in the league you know how harsh that guy is. Lundmark did OK in the fight and even if he had got his ass kicked...whatever. His play over the last six weeks has been very impressive. Hope he's here next year. I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I heard Sutter brought him back. Sutter proves me wrong again.

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