GDFD No. 76: You know it

Ryan Lambert
March 28 2010 09:19AM



Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 76th game of the season on March 28, 2010.

As soon as the horn sounded to end yesterday's 5-0 loss to Boston, which I had the great misfortune to have attended, I said to the friend with whom I went to the game, "Well that's the worst game this season for sure."

And my friend, curse his cold, black heart, said, "Didn't the Flames have a bad game against the Blackhawks a couple months ago?"

"Oh," I said, knowing he was legitimately asking since he could care less about this crap team, "you mean that one where they led 5-0 after 9:30 and lost 6-5 in OT and I almost cried? Yeah I guess that would qualify as a 'bad game' you son of a bitch." And then on the way out the building, I saw a little kid in a Sharks jersey and it all came rushing back.

There was also a 9-1 loss to San Jose not so long ago. So I guess the thing with this whole season is this: yesterday's fiasco was only like the THIRD-worst result of the season. And there was that 50-game losing streak or something stupid like that.

It's been a truly, truly hideous year to be a Flames fan. They're going to miss the playoffs. The GM that pulled this team from the murky depths of the NHL's basement has piloted it straight back down again. And where does it end?

Not today in Washington, that's for god damn sure. This game has all the potential to be several degrees worse than yesterday's calamity. It could rival the 9-1 shellacking at the Shark Tank. Hell, if the Flames keep it close, like, say, 7-0, I'll be genuinely shocked.

Please tell me when it's over.

 

Who

The Calgary Flames (37-29-9 for 83 points. Ninth in the West, third in the Northwest) and the Washington Capitals (49-14-11 for 109 points. First in the East, first in the Southeast).

When

1 p.m. Mountain time and 3 p.m. Eastern time. All other time zones should become insanely talented.

Where

Verizon Center, Washington, D.C

Calgary is 18-13-6 on the road this year, and has been outscored 8-2 by the Bruins and Islanders on this trip. The Caps are 27-4-4 at home, and have scored 136 goals in 35 home games (3.89 a game!).

What (to hate about the Capital)

Alex Ovechkin — I'm setting the over/under on Ovie's points today at 4.5. Who wants action on that?

Jose Theodore — He's won 17 of his last 19 games. The two he lost were a) on the road, and b) in overtime and a shootout. He hasn't lost at home since Dec. 28.

What they're about to do to nice Flames fans like me and you — There should be a law against it.

Why

Because even Staios can't save us now! Enjoy the game, if you can, in the comments section.

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#1 stilldrinkingthekoolaid
March 28 2010, 10:50AM
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The worst thing about calgary Missing the Playoffs means that the Canucks are Canada's best bet to win the cup. Yuck!

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#2 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 11:35AM
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Finny ish TLP. Perhaps after this season, the Flames can put out a DVD of their 10 Worst games ever... all from this season. Fawq me!

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#3 Tha Legion
March 28 2010, 11:38AM
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Yeah mutual hatred of the Canucks stings as an Oiler fan. Glad I stopped hating the Flames. Still hate the Vipers (golden league baseball). Discuss

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#4 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 11:47AM
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@Tha Legion

~What's the Vipers~

~What's golden league baseball~

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#5 nick
March 28 2010, 11:52AM
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Calgary never had a chance at the cup, too many holes in that roster. After year one the big Boumeester signing is a huge bust. Maybe he should have stayed in Florida where everyone would still think he is a superstar. Canucks were always Canada's best shot at the cup. The Canucks have an outstanding team and I don't even like them. Kind of sad when basically the Leafs and Flames have traded teams this year.

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#6 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 11:57AM
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@nick

Would J-Bou be the first player in history to have an off year in the 1st year of a "Big Money" contract? Me thinks not. If he sh!ts the bed next year, then that's another story.

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#7 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 12:18PM
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Eric Francis with his take on Darryl...

http://www.calgarysun.com/sports/hockey/2010/03/27/13381686.html

Al Maki with his take...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/flames-are-hurtin/article1506662/

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#8 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:12PM
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hahaha...now Kotalik scores.

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#9 roughneck
March 28 2010, 01:12PM
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Perhaps old Playfair could dress, he seems passionate.

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#10 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 01:12PM
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ALES! ALES! WHODAFUNKIS ALES!

Kotalik buries his 1st since Feb. 5th; 2nd as a Flame just 2:35 in.

I'm not a Kotalik fan, but... http://kotes.ytmnd.com/

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#11 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:18PM
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roughneck wrote:

Perhaps old Playfair could dress, he seems passionate.

Passionate? Or stark raving mad?

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#12 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 01:23PM
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He SKYEORES! Ian White.

Who is this team? Not surprising at all that they'd come out strong after losing 2 must-win games. Too little, too late boys. Lose to the Isles and Bruins but beating the Caps. Yeah... that makes sense.

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#13 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:24PM
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Too bad this 2-0 lead doesn't mean more.

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#14 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 01:26PM
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Jay-Bou now. WTF? 3-0 Flames 11 min in; Theodore pulled.

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#15 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 01:28PM
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Corey Sarich just dropped Jason Chimera with a nice little left. Dropped!

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#16 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:28PM
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Well, Jose Theodore is still terrible.

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#17 Jean Lefebvre
March 28 2010, 01:30PM
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Exhibit A as to why the Caps aren't necessarily the Cup favourite despite their impressive record. They could easily still win this game 6-4 but Conventional Wisdom™ says you're not supposed to succeed that way in the playoffs.

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#18 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:32PM
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Jean Lefebvre wrote:

Exhibit A as to why the Caps aren't necessarily the Cup favourite despite their impressive record. They could easily still win this game 6-4 but Conventional Wisdom™ says you're not supposed to succeed that way in the playoffs.

Interestingly, the Caps are another team riding some sweet percentages this year. They do a lot of outshooting, so it's not like they are fluking their way along like the Avs...that said, their GF and record are kind of inflated as a result.

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#19 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 01:39PM
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I dare say my hero Nystrom has been the best Flame in March.

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#20 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 01:43PM
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Now Hagman scores! New guys finally showing up.

"SOME KIND OF 1ST PERIOD!"

TLP tweeted about 10 min ago... this game just screams "Chicago meltdown" to me.

God, I hope not.

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#21 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:45PM
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The Caps were awful in that period. Just awful.

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#22 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:46PM
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Flames owned the scoring chances in that period. 9-2!

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#23 greg
March 28 2010, 01:51PM
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This game aside, Theodore's stats have been unreal. He's been as good as his Montreal MVP days. Which for me begs the question...

How long has it been since his "shampoo" has been tested for 'roids again?

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#24 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 01:54PM
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@ Greg

Theodore has a .912 SV% which is rather mediocre. His win totals are gaudy because he plays behind the highest scoring team in the league.

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#25 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:03PM
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Not sure why Bourque would get the first goal.

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#26 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 02:07PM
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5 on 3 PP for Caps... Ovechkin scores as the 1st penalty expired. 99th point on the season for Ovy. 4-1 Flames

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#27 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:08PM
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haha..not sure what Sarich is thinking on that play. You're not the goalie, buddy.

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#28 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:10PM
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Nice couple of plays by Backlund there.

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#29 VK63
March 28 2010, 02:13PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Passionate? Or stark raving mad?

Yah... it will be moving some of the other psycho moments from top ten lists. It wont move... "they are who we thought they were" but it was still a solid performance in the stark raving mad category.

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#30 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:20PM
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How did Conroy and Moss get that far behind the Caps defense?

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#31 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 02:20PM
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According to the Caps twitter, the Caps have trailed by four goals for a total of 8 minutes, 41 seconds this year. WOW! Wonder what the Flames stat is...

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#32 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:27PM
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The pass by Bouwmeester to Bourque was sublime.

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#33 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 02:30PM
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Bourque pots one on a couple lucky bounces.

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#34 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:30PM
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Wow. Great goal by Bourque. He's looked like a superstar this afternoon.

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#35 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 02:32PM
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Haha... that four goal lead didn't last long. Steckel scores; 5-2 Flames.

What's that... about 10 min now for the Caps.

EDIT: 9:58 to be exact

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#36 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 02:37PM
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Scoring chances were 10-7 for WAS in that one.

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#37 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 02:52PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Not sure why Bourque would get the first goal.

So... they've now changed it back to Kotalik.

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#38 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 03:01PM
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Flames are holding on here. WAS coming out with all engines firing to start the third.

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#39 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 03:02PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Flames are holding on here. WAS coming out with all engines firing to start the third.

... AND there you go... a PP marker by the Caps. 5-3. I've got a sinking feeling.

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#40 Kent Wilson
March 28 2010, 03:05PM
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Flames don't have a single scoring chance in the third yet. They're in full on shell mode.

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#41 Wanye
March 28 2010, 03:22PM
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Nothing like two Alberta teams in Sunday matinee games during a year when they both blow is there?

I like having two losses in the can before 7 PM.

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#42 RossCreekNation
March 28 2010, 03:28PM
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@Wanye

Watch it buddy!

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#43 Wanye
March 28 2010, 06:06PM
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RossCreekNation wrote:

Watch it buddy!

I stand corrected.

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