That settles it.

Ryan Lambert
April 26 2009 11:29AM

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Note to self: Never believe in anything or anyone ever again.

That was it?

After those two glorious, fierce, inspiring wins in Calgary, this was the best the Flames could do?

I mean, okay, losing in Chicago is one thing (and who didn't expect it at least a little bit?) but the WAY they lost. Oh my. That was perhaps the most embarrassing performance since the Atlanta game, and that was a pretty goddamn embarrassing performance. They were playing for the chance to close out the series at the Saddledome in front of the C of Red and they just said, "Nah, we'd prefer to have to come back here in the event that we do win in Calgary."

WHAT KIND OF STRATEGY IS THIS?

The second the puck dropped in the first period, there was just zero will to do anything but skate around aimlessly and not shoot or pressure or do anything aside from the obvious, bewildering game plan:

1) Get the puck at the perimeter.

2) Drive to the high traffic areas regardless of how many Blackhawks you have to go through.

3) Turn the puck over.

If that was the way Mike Keenan drew it up (and the game gave me no reason to suspect otherwise), then bravo. Flawlessly executed. Couldn't have gone better. Of course, if that was the way Keenan drew it up, he should have been fired in the first intermission.

The Home Flames are playing like a bunch of guys that want to win a series. The Road Flames are playing like a bunch of guys that made plans for a vacation next week and would be terribly aggrieved to have to reschedule or worse, cancel them.

Game 6 will almost certainly be the end of this team.

The Good

Hahaha okay.

The Bad

Moving right along.

The Ugly

Here we are.

Miikka Kiprusoff — Terrible.

Mike Keenan — Awful.

Jarome Iginla — Atrocious.

The defense — Unwatchable.

Intensity — Nonexistant.

Urgency — None to be found.

Leadership — Left it in Calgary.

Hope they'll make it out of Game 6 — Gone.

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#1 walkinvisible
April 26 2009, 12:01PM
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yep.

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#2 Smitty
April 26 2009, 12:23PM
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Yeah, that pretty much sums it up...

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#3 Angela
April 26 2009, 01:20PM
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I can't figure out whether Iginla needs a fresh start somewhere else. I know he hasn't done anything to earn the 'C' in forever. I would like to see Kiprusoff, Phaneuf, Aucoin, Conroy, Warrener, and the entire coaching/management staff pack their bags and leave this town.

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#4 momma diesel
April 26 2009, 01:21PM
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Whos tears is Iggy guzzling again? Thought so and the suit maybe not so Armani..Mens Wearhouse I do believe?

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#5 DFT
April 26 2009, 01:57PM
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Angela wrote:

I can’t figure out whether Iginla needs a fresh start somewhere else. I know he hasn’t done anything to earn the ‘C’ in forever. I would like to see Kiprusoff, Phaneuf, Aucoin, Conroy, Warrener, and the entire coaching/management staff pack their bags and leave this town.

Are you for real?!?! Sure that was one of the worst games I've ever seen but calling Igg out like that? That was a bad performance by the captain (and everyone else) but do you really question his leadership by one game? The last two games everyone was praising Iginla "You won't like him when he's angry" etc... No don't remember that?

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#6 Chris
April 26 2009, 03:00PM
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@ Angela:

We'll take him.

-Chris. Long time Oiler's fan.

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#7 Brendan
April 26 2009, 10:50PM
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Chris wrote:

@ Angela: We’ll take him. -Chris. Long time Oiler’s fan.
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#8 blade
April 27 2009, 12:21AM
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It is amusing how the best laid plans by sutter and co. can seem so ill advised in one game and so magically inspired in the next.

When we reflect on Jokinen game 3, that is magical, game 4 fortuitous, game 5... wtf were they thinking? And so it goes.

I find that alcohol helps...... a lot!!!

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#9 Phil
April 27 2009, 01:13AM
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TLP won't be too sad if the flames lose. Apparently, Burrows is awesome. Two Line Pass is seriously f*cked

http://thetwolinepass.com/2009/04/good-night-alex-burrows-has-me-rethinking-that-blues-in-seven-thing/

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#10 Anonymous
April 27 2009, 01:14AM
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TLP is a canucks fan

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#11 TLP
April 27 2009, 08:24AM
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Is he?

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#12 DFT
April 27 2009, 08:55AM
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Anonymous wrote:

TLP is a canucks fan

I hear Keenan is too.

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#13 andrew
April 27 2009, 01:21PM
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Iginla, I hope, will retire a Flame. Please, please... PLEASE. He is our best player.

If we lose this series there needs to be wholesale changes. The only players I would like to stay are Iginla, Regeher, Pardy, Moss, Nystrom, Backlund and Conroy. Other than that its free game. And Keenan needs to go... regardless of how we do. Nystrom plays his heart out and is still negated to the 3rd line tonight! WTF? Bertuzzi should be a healthy scratch but no no... Keenan cant dump on his best buddy. Like honestly...

But I have faith tonight, call it bias, call it fanboy, call it whatever... we will win tonight, make it a one game series, and bring it back to Chicago. Then we will see what happens in Chicago, we might even win.... miracles have happened before right? RIGHT?!

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#14 blade
April 27 2009, 05:37PM
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@ andrew:

Noice!

Actually throw Peters into that.. wtf? The wounded guys couldnt win a draw in 5, he won lots... ergo? No matter... hes a small small portion of the Keenan and his personnel issues. Perhaps this is the game old Iron Mike gets rewarded for his loyalty... stranger things have happened indeed... or in another version... even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.

you listening bert, mikka, etc????

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