Game No. 10: <3 Connie

Ryan Lambert
October 28 2010 03:47PM



Congratulations to Craig Conroy and all that, but there's a game to play.

The Colorado Avalanche are in town and it can only mean one of two things, at least over the last two years or so: a frustrating loss or a baffling win.

These are not teams that typically play watchable hockey against each other, and so it will be interesting to see what the new season holds, given that both teams are more or less the same as they were last year. Calgary has had its run of good hockey continue of late, even despite the dismal third period and overtime against Edmonton the other night. Meanwhile, Colorado has lost three straight and is starting Petr Budaj, who is, for lack of a better term, terrible.

And yet there are a number of strange factors headed into this one.

First, Craig Conroy is, obviously, playing his 1,000th game, so there will be some kind of ceremony that takes more than a few minutes. These types of things are all well and good, and Connie's clearly earned all the praise he's going to get tonight, and more. But they also seem to take the legs out from under the home team, more often than not. Both Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow celebrated a similar milestone last season and I don't recall the Flames being especially good in those, at least to start. Consequently, it will be interesting to see how Calgary fares in the opening minutes.

Plus, Henrik Karlsson gets the start tonight instead of Miikka Kiprusoff, which adds another wrinkle. The big Swede looked good in the one appearance of his NHL career, but also wasn't asked to do much against Columbus exactly one week ago. This is the first team with some semblance of NHL-level forward depth outside of one or two players, so how he fares will not only go a long way toward contributing to a win here tonight, but also to seeing what Darryl Sutter imported.

And because this is the first of six games this season between the two teams, it's important to note that Calgary dropped the first four meetings last year. All of them were by a score of 3-2. So perhaps the key is to score more than twice. With Budaj in net, that shouldn't be especially hard.

Oh, and no Staios tonight. So that's great news!

 

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#101 Robert Cleave
October 28 2010, 10:10PM
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Corsi.

CGY -15, -10 in the third. Bourque -15. JB and Reggie had a pretty tough night as well.

EV shots 26-13 Colorado, 10-3 Avs in the third.

Calgary didn't deserve anything from this game, and got exactly that. Bad team game from the goalie on out.

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#102 coptin_
October 28 2010, 10:11PM
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horrible game,they should be embarassed,i am

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#103 Kent Wilson
October 28 2010, 10:12PM
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Chances in the 3rd were 11-3 for the Avs, so they walked hand-in-hand with the chances.

The Flames top-end is a problem. And it's going to get more and more obvious the tougher the sched gets.

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#104 R O
October 28 2010, 10:15PM
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After games like this... Sutter likes to do stupid crap like put Jokinen beside Iggy.

I fully expect we will see games vs. the decent Caps and powerhouse Red Wings with that duo against good players.

That's what I hate about this coaching staff. They can't see.

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#105 SmellOfVictory
October 28 2010, 10:35PM
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I saw this as the Dmen killing the Flames. The forwards were pretty bad as a group, but most of the big breakdowns were the fault of a defenceman from what I saw.

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#106 Rob in Toronto
October 28 2010, 10:39PM
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I give them credit for managing to tie it up late, but once again, a largely atrocious third period sinks us. It's great that we are scoring for a change, but not at the cost of 15 shots against in the third.

That being said, you have to give the Avs credit for fighting back late as well. They really seemed to be finding a groove. It reminded me way too much of the Edmonton game.

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#107 coptin_
October 28 2010, 10:46PM
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they didn't play well all game esp the d but yet they seemed to tottaly give up in the 3rd.rarely sem willing to play 60 minutes

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#108 redmile
October 29 2010, 03:52PM
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Maybe I'm dreaming but still waiting on the days were the team plays a Full SIXTY Minutes game in game out. Even if the team loses it's okay as long as the effort is there. You just doesn't see the consistency. the only consistency in this province is the L column getting filled in the so called 'city of champions'. And now, onto the scotch!

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