Postgame: Home Cooking

Pat Steinberg
November 29 2010 10:37PM

CALGARY, CANADA - APRIL 6: Rene Bourque (C) of the Calgary Flames celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla #12 and Matt Stajan #18 against the San Jose Sharks in the third period of NHL action on April 6, 2010 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. (Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images)

It's funny how perception changes...you could look at Calgary's five game road trip and say they lost four of five games, or you could look more recently and see two wins in three games.  Regardless, the Flames took a 3-0 win Monday night over the Minnesota Wild as Miikka Kiprusoff made 32 saves to post his 37th career shutout.

What Happened

Overall, it was a pretty lackluster opening twenty minutes, as neither team really did much...Kent had scoring chances 7-5 in favor of the Wild and they did generate a few quality ones, but for the most part, not a whole lot happened and things were scoreless after one.

The second period was different, as the Flames really came to play and things went the opposite way for the Wild, as the visitors really dropped off.  Calgary's opening ten minutes were very strong and they scored twice as a result, starting at 3:08 when Jarome Iginla fed Jay Bouwmeester on a nice backhand pass; JBo potted his third of the season to make it 1-0.  Iginla would be in on it again, this time the recipient of an Alex Tanguay pass at the side of the net; Iginla would score his tenth 16 seconds after the opening tally and the Flames would carry a two goal lead into the third period.  Minnesota would hammer out a few more chances before the second period would end, but were unable to beat Kiprusoff, who was very strong.

It was only the seventh time time this season the Flames would carry a lead into the final period, and they'd close this one out.  Shots would finish 13-10 in favor of the Wild, but impressively, Calgary would only allow seven chances against.  It's impressive, as Kent points out, because Minnesota was chasing and the Flames did a nice job of protecting.  Niklas Hagman would ice this thing at 18:31 with his seventh on the powerplay to take us to our final score.

One Good Reason...

EDMONTON, AB - NOVEMBER 29: Miikka Kiprusoff  of the Calgary Flames keeps a close eye on the puck carrier against the Minnesota Wild at Scotiabank Saddledome on November 29, 2010 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dylan Lynch/Getty Images)

...why the Flames won?  Hey, they converted when they needed to.  Miikka Kiprusoff did a nice job making a few huge saves on some Minnesota ten bell chances, but I don't believe he stole this game or anything like that.  Overall, the Flames were a bit better, especially after scoring those two goals in 16 seconds; from then on, the Wild didn't have much sustained, even with a few quality chances.  Calgary scored twice in the second, protected well in the third and ice this game late...kind of a normal win.  They could use a few more of those variety of wins.

Red Warrior

PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 27: Jarome Iginla  of the Calgary Flames takes a shot on goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on November 27, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

I really liked the captain tonight.  6-1 was the chance count when he was on the ice at even strength, and the top line overall had some really strong spans.  From the second period on, I felt Iginla was particularly dominant, seemingly creating things on every 5-on-5 shift.  He's been very good the last eight games or so, and once again was a driving force in this game.

Sum It Up

Was it dominant?  Nope.  Did it do the trick?  It sure did...and hey, that's all that matters.  The Flames beat a team in front of them in the standings, and a team they're going to need to beat overall; quite frankly, it's a team they should beat.  Calgary plays Minnesota three more times in the next ten games.

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#51 Kent Wilson
November 30 2010, 03:02PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

Yeah, Meyer cleared waivers.

On a side note, Avs traded Scott Hannan to the Caps for Tomas Fleischmann. Seems like we have a few aging defenders making about that money that we could have offloaded... derp derp Sutter.

He may have tried. One of the reasons Hannan is attractive is his contract ends this year. Not true of, say, Sarich. And no one wants Staios.

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#52 B
November 30 2010, 03:09PM
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@Kent Wilson

...what about Sarich returning to Tampa? They will earn a playoff spot, have some serious cap space, and need experience on the blue line.

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#53 rubbertrout
November 30 2010, 04:22PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

He may have tried. One of the reasons Hannan is attractive is his contract ends this year. Not true of, say, Sarich. And no one wants Staios.

The Oil might take him back . . .

Actually he would be sitting in about the 5-6 on the depth chart on the Oilers (how scary is that). Given that the Oilers have cap room they could bring him back for the proverbial bag of pucks and offensive zone draw.

They wouldn't really give something up for him but I'm sure Flames ownership would prefer to have the money associated with an expensive healthy scratch.

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#54 shep
November 30 2010, 04:45PM
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fwiw i read somewhere in the swedish media that backlund has been told to get a permanent flat/house in calgary

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#55 hal a pena
November 30 2010, 10:25PM
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perhaps the greek nation hockey team will take staios as player/coach. the oil are only a few points back and seem to be responding to rennies blast.lots of cap space left to acquire some key personnel. besides they are sitting pretty in the draft for yet another great pick.the difference between the oilers and the flames is that the oilers have vision.

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#56 dotfras
November 30 2010, 10:53PM
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@hal a pena

The difference between you and a normal hockey fan is that you have had too much of that "hope for the future" kool aid.

They may have "lots of cap space to acquire key personnel" but remember that noone classified as key personnel would want to play in Edmonton.

Pretty sure Re-Khab would rather be in jail right now.

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#57 hal a pena
December 01 2010, 09:37AM
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dotfras wrote:

The difference between you and a normal hockey fan is that you have had too much of that "hope for the future" kool aid.

They may have "lots of cap space to acquire key personnel" but remember that noone classified as key personnel would want to play in Edmonton.

Pretty sure Re-Khab would rather be in jail right now.

lmao too much kool aid? hope and optimism versus the current sutter philosphy of old and slow and nothing in the cupboards as true prospects go. i am okay with that. how many picks do the flames have in the first 100? one. look at the dale tallon plan buddy,chicago loaded up on picks and were then able to address strengths and weaknesses, reward a stanley cup and a young core. florida is going in that direction under tallon. so go ahead and ridicule.what is so different between edmonton and calgary?

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#58 dotfras
December 01 2010, 10:31AM
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You're forgetting Tambellini isn't Dave Tallon.

Sucking for years & being able to draft high every year has paid off for Chicago, Pittsburgh, & Washington.

Keep in mind the same strategy hasn't gone so well for the Islanders, Thrashers, or Blue Jackets.

The jury is still out on the Oilers. Eberle is a great prospect, I'd say the most complete player of the three rookies, Taylor Hall still has a long way to go.

The Eberle/Hall duo doesn't compare to Crosby/Malkin, Toews/Kane, Ovechkin/Backstrom.

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