Postgame: Brutal

Pat Steinberg
October 30 2010 11:37PM

Calgary Flames' Mark Giordano (L) is sent flying by Washington Capitals' David Steckel during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, October 30, 2010. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

Due to a very, very long locker room session and a long wait to hear from the Head Coach of the Calgary Flames, I'll be unable to put a full post up following Calgary's 7-2 debacle of a loss at the hands of the Washington Capitals.  I'll put one up later, but I figured discussion needs to start now, especially when the night goes like that.

Coach Sutter called the first period of this game as one of the best they've played all season in terms of how they want to play.  It went from a good opening frame, to an absolutely awful second period where six goals were scored and the team absolutely collapsed.  Not only did the team collapse, but the Flames quit, and this game snowballed out of control.

There's really no excuse for what happened in that final 40 minutes, regardless of what team they were playing.  It's three straight games where Calgary got away from playing good, smart hockey...and it's three straight games where the results were pretty clear as to why that can't happen.  It just so happened on this night, the result was shockingly lopsided.

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#51 B
November 01 2010, 07:38PM
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...J-Bo and Stajan for Spezza and Lee?

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#52 B
November 01 2010, 07:55PM
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...nevermind, that would put Ottawa over the cap. What about us taking Phillips instead of Lee?

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#53 everton fc
November 01 2010, 09:30PM
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@B

I agree with the assessment of the Sutter's. It's obvious.

Ands I must confess my POV is jaded because I still think Playfair should have been given a chance. He should still be our coach. (My opinion, of course).

Being more rural-at-heart than suburban, I will never hate the Sutter's. I guess I find myself wondering what they say to someone like Sarich after that own-goal of his. Sarich has been working hard. He is like the Sutter's - no-nonsense, serious player. Takes his job seriously. And so forth.

His own goal was a fantastic fluke, and timing being everything, it was a nail in the coffin for the Flames that evening. What do the Sutter's say to Sarich in this scenario?

I know when a kid does something unintentional, yet destructive on the farm, some farm dad's hammer the heck out of the kid. But many put their arm around them and simply say, "It's okay. Don't worry about it."

I know this team frustrates Brent far more that any of us fans. But Sarich needed to here that Saturday - that his fluke own goal was just that, a poorly timed fluke. It happens. What message, if any, does a guy like Sarich get in that situation? You have to build these fellows up now. That's the coaches job.

Brent keep saying he wants the players to have fun coming to the rink. Are they? Is he?? The mood of the crew on any ship cascades from the captain to the deckhands...

Easy for me to say, of course, sitting here trying to get my kids to sleep! Brent, Iggy, Joker - all of them are under way more pressure than I am these days. But Brent is the mood of the team. Not Iggy, Regehr, Jokinen, or anyone else in that locker room.

Brent has to get these boys hungry to come to the rink. He has to make it fun again. No matter how frustrating things are at the present.

If he can't...

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#54 Sean Elekes
November 02 2010, 04:21AM
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Oh my god, what a meltdown. If nothing that game was comical. I missed the first & second period, but heard the game on the radio. I watched the third and thought it was boring. I think we're looking at this game wrong. Maybe the Capitals are just the better team. Calgary just doesn't have the Ovechkin, Semin, Green, & Backstrom's of the hockey world. Come on kids, can't really fault them for that. It takes talent to know talent. Now everybody knows the Flames have very little. What’s with Jay Bouwmeester being so careless giving the puck away? My lord did Cory Sarich honestly score a goal on his own keeper? Did Mikka Kiprusoff seriously get pulled in the second and thrown back into the game at the start of the third? Does anyone think Ken King should print a retraction on the Flames website (reference Mike Peca on Jay Bouwmeester giving the puck away). Of course King won't. I think I'm the only person that wants to see Jarome Iginla score 500 goals in a Flames uniform. What Iggy needs is a puck hog on his line. Some player like Rick Nash who says I want to score more than you. Inject some infectious play into his game. Let’s not kid ourselves Calgary is playing like last year, the year before and well the wheels just keep falling off. My question to management is why do they keep overlooking the same problems? Yes, the fact is you have problems that are going unsolved. Let’s just hope your talent just corrects itself. Forget the problems and they will just eventually go away. I’m not even mad or upset. Calgary in my mind has not made enough changes to their roster. Don't see them making the playoffs this season. I'm tired of hearing Conroy saying "layoff Iginla. We're tired of paying like this. We're embarrassed, etc). The morale of this rant/blog is I enjoy watching the Caps light up the Flames. Thank the mighty lord for highlights.

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#55 dotfras
November 02 2010, 09:23AM
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@Sean Elekes

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#56 B
November 02 2010, 09:26AM
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@everton fc

...actually, it is VERY obvious, haha.

...you can't blame Sarich for that goal. If Sutter's do it's wasted energy at best, insanity at worst.

What message, if any, does a guy like Sarich get in that situation?

...both Sarich and Sutter need to be professional and objective. Dwelling on a fluke goal negates both and turns a negative into an even bigger negative.

Brent keep saying he wants the players to have fun coming to the rink. Are they? Is he?? The mood of the crew on any ship cascades from the captain to the deckhands...

...the Sutter's, in my opinion, need to put their collective ego's aside and reduce the work load on their players to keep them fresh. Recovery is just as important as putting in the work. The Flames players would be having more fun if they would go into games mentally and physically refreshed and energized, but that is impossible when in many ways you have a 1970's coaching mentality (or are used to coaching junior players with a lot more to lose and a lot more energy, just think how much more eager and energized you were at 17 with no money as opposed to 2X, 3X, or 4X with a nice salary).

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