Game No. 54: Need two points

Ryan Lambert
February 05 2011 07:56PM



Calgary looks to keep its inexplicable run going against a team that should be better than it is, probably.

This game is really and remarkably important. The Sharks, who entered today as one of the roughly 39 Western Conference teams bunched between 56 and 61 points, are already in the clubhouse at 62, having knocked off the Bruins in an excellently-played game of road hockey.

And that was the only game involving teams in that tight race that didn't have a HUGE impact on the standings. As I write this, the Ducks (now at 62 points) have already knocked off the Avalanche (stuck at 58), 3-0. Nashville (61) leads Detroit 1-0 midway through the second. Minnesota and Phoenix (both at 59) are similarly deadlocked in a scoreless draw, also with 30ish minutes elapsed.

And now, in just a few minutes here, Calgary (58) and Los Angeles (also 58) will face off. The winner could finish the day as high as eighth in the West — for Calgary it would be the first time it held a playoff position since, if my math is correct, last season — and the loser as low as 11th.

But that's life in the West these days isn't it? Never mind that it's taken Calgary an incredible six-game winning streak to even claw back into having the ability to think about the idea of playoff contention, it's 127 Hours-tight out there and probably will be for the rest of the season. The Flames will play the teams listed above, plus Chicago (58 points and idle today), in 15 of their remaining 28 games.

Calgary really needs these points tonight if it wants to continue being part of the conversation. And it needs to not go to overtime.

These teams will all meet head-to-head 58 more times in the regular season. Gotta think the number of three-point games will play a big role in who gets to participate after that.

 

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#1 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:00PM
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Yay! Hockey is legitimately interesting again. It's been awhile.

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#2 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 08:04PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Yay! Hockey is legitimately interesting again. It's been awhile.

No kidding. If they do lose, I'll take full responsibility. This is the first game I've been able to watch in an unencumbered manner since the loss to Minnesota. They didn't appear to miss me while I was gone, thankfully.

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#3 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:11PM
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@Robert Cleave

Not a good start for you Bob. Kipper was fine in your absence.

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#4 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 08:12PM
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Knew I should have stayed in Arizona. Yikes, Kipper.

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#5 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 08:13PM
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One of these nights, is it? Seeing eye job there.

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#6 SmellOfVictory
February 05 2011, 08:14PM
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It appears as though this is going to be a hilariously entertaining game. Goals from everyone except Iginla and Kopitar.

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#7 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:14PM
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Soft answered with soft. Regehr and Scruderi score in the same night...within a minute of each other.

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#8 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 08:16PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Soft answered with soft. Regehr and Scruderi score in the same night...within a minute of each other.

In honour of Super Bowl weekend, I wonder what sort of odds one might have received on that proposition?

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#9 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:19PM
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Is that Backlund with a couple of shifts on Iginla's line?

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#10 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:23PM
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Half way through the first and they've mentioned Poni's 4 goals twice already.

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#11 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:39PM
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Flames not creating anything this period. Three chances so far and I had to watch two of them three times to make sure they counted.

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#12 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 08:48PM
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Chances ended up 6-5 in favor of LAK. Flames got two in rapid succession in the final shift by the Iginla line. They trailed the entire period.

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#13 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 08:49PM
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Corsi.

CGY +1, EV shots 12-10 CGY. After the silly start, that was about the type of grinding game you might expect.

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#14 SmellOfVictory
February 05 2011, 09:04PM
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May I just state that I'm thoroughly enjoying Backlund tonight?

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#15 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 09:06PM
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Hell of a good shift by the Iggy line on that goal.

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#16 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:06PM
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That's one of the best shifts by the Iginla line in many games.

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#17 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:13PM
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It's all CGY so far in this period. More please.

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#18 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:23PM
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Flames are just stomping the Kings in this period.

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#19 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:24PM
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On another topic...Bob any thoughts on Bourque. He has just stepped off a cliff this year.

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#20 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:27PM
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Of, course as soon as I start singing praises, the Kings score.

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#21 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 09:30PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

On another topic...Bob any thoughts on Bourque. He has just stepped off a cliff this year.

He looks like he's never going to win another puck battle on way too many nights. I don't think it's just not having 22 around either. If he's shy because of the concussions, I suppose that might explain some of what we've seen, but whatever it is, it either has to be fixed or Feaster has to make a decision by this summer. He likely still has value and I'd rather see him snap out of it in Calgary, but something needs to give.

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#22 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:32PM
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Yeah, no doubt playing with Langkow helped, but he looks like a totally different player this season. He used to eat guys for breakfast along the boards. It was his biggest strength.

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#23 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 09:36PM
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And right on cue, another stupid hooking penalty. He's lost.

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#24 SmellOfVictory
February 05 2011, 09:37PM
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Robert Cleave wrote:

He looks like he's never going to win another puck battle on way too many nights. I don't think it's just not having 22 around either. If he's shy because of the concussions, I suppose that might explain some of what we've seen, but whatever it is, it either has to be fixed or Feaster has to make a decision by this summer. He likely still has value and I'd rather see him snap out of it in Calgary, but something needs to give.

Agreed on that. If players end up being moved this season/offseason I think he's a prime candidate. With Malkin out for the year, I imagine Pittsburgh might be interested in him; he's better than any of their wingers when he's playing properly, and his cap hit would probably be manageable for them.

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#25 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 09:48PM
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Corsi.

CGY -3, EV shots are 20-18 Flames. Good start, but all the penalties just killed whatever the Flames had going on.

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#26 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:50PM
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Kings pushed back hard in that one. Chances were 10-9 in Flames favor. Reminds me of the first period against the Preds.

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#27 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 09:51PM
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@SmellOfVictory

Bourque will certainly be perceived as better than what's playing Crosby currently, but assuming he doesn't pull out of this nose dive, he probably won't be in reality.

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#28 Vintage Flame
February 05 2011, 09:53PM
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@SmellOfVictory

"With Malkin out for the year, I imagine Pittsburgh might be interested in him; he's better than any of their wingers when he's playing properly, and his cap hit would probably be manageable for them"

Haha. I was thinking the same thing while reading the comments above. especially when the guys on CBC were saying that Pitt might go trade route now..

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#29 SmellOfVictory
February 05 2011, 10:11PM
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Why it's our old friend 2006 Jarome Iginla. Nice to see you!

@Kent: Yeah, right now he's about as good as their 4th liners.

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#30 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:13PM
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Jarome is having his best game in ages this evening.

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#31 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:23PM
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This period is a lot calmer than the second. The lack of PP's helps that of course.

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#32 SmellOfVictory
February 05 2011, 10:23PM
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Speaking of star players, Kopitar looks like an effing tank out there. He gets bumped and doesn't even seem to budge.

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#33 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:32PM
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Huh. Weird play for the Tangs goal, but I'll take it.

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#34 Vintage Flame
February 05 2011, 10:35PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Jarome is having his best game in ages this evening.

He seems to have a real Stevie Y aspect to his game tonight. Or is it just me?

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#35 jbeach403
February 05 2011, 10:35PM
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watching dustin brown, hes a played i'd love to have on my team

EDIT: Apparently mr hrudy agreegs

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#36 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:39PM
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Just looks like classic Iggy to me. The opposition hasn't been that tough, but it's nice to see anyways.

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#37 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:39PM
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Yeah, Brown is a nice player.

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#38 coptin_
February 05 2011, 10:39PM
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maybe he is auditioning for the kings staff

(jerome)

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#39 negrilcowboy
February 05 2011, 10:40PM
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rainy boork's play isnt realy that much of a shocker, last year he was almost invisible during the dog days. something in the neighbourhood of a few goals during the meat of the sched, scored after the flames were pretty much toast.

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#40 coptin_
February 05 2011, 10:42PM
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silva won in 1st round nice kick to vitors face

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#41 Robert Cleave
February 05 2011, 10:44PM
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Corsi.

Even, with EV shots 24-22 CGY. An actual tie would have been a fair result, I'd say.

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#42 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:45PM
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Back to extra time. Flames are starting to feel the like 2009-10 Coyotes.

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#43 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:46PM
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Corsi.

Even, with EV shots 24-22 CGY. An actual tie would have been a fair result, I'd say.

Chances were 3-3 in third appropriately enough. I didn't count the Tanguay goal, it was several strides outside the pie.

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#44 jbeach403
February 05 2011, 10:46PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Back to extra time. Flames are starting to feel the like 2009-10 Coyotes.

Ill take that

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#45 Kent Wilson
February 05 2011, 10:49PM
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jbeach403 wrote:

Ill take that

Well...without the really good start of course.

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#46 coptin_
February 05 2011, 10:51PM
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jokinin fired up?

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#47 coptin_
February 05 2011, 10:55PM
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i've noticed that iggy rarely gets picked for the shootout is he no good?

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#48 coptin_
February 05 2011, 10:59PM
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#@%$#& joker

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#49 jbeach403
February 05 2011, 11:00PM
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hahaha i love the shot of that girl left hanging

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#50 SmellOfVictory
February 05 2011, 11:09PM
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coptin_ wrote:

i've noticed that iggy rarely gets picked for the shootout is he no good?

He's not the best option on the team, generally. If he could start at his blueline and do the "skate up and rip it" method, I'm sure he'd be a great shootout option, but centre ice isn't far enough.

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