POSTGAME: THE NAIL IN THE COFFIN?

Vintage Flame
March 28 2012 11:19PM

 

When you're two points out of a playoff spot and you are playing a team in your own barn that you are trying to catch in the standings, it's probably a good idea to come out with a lot of energy and throw everything including the kitchen sink at your opponent. Instead the Flames came out and basically threw the baby out with the bath water and with it, any chance of getting into the playoffs.

THE RECAP

Unfortunately the first period foreshadowed what was to end up being the result of this game. The Kings showed up ready to take care of business while the Flames were spent the night on a leisurely skate, out of sync, and just out-classed.

It didn't happen in the first minute of the game this time, but once again the Flames gave up the first goal. At the 5:30 mark, Willie Mitchell got the puck on the left point, he would let a slap shot go that was originally thought to be tipped past Kiprusoff by Justin Williams as he spun away from Chris Butler. The goal was credited to Williams but soon changed to Mitchell. The fact that it wasn't a tipped shot put the onus right on Kipper, as he lets in yet another soft goal to put his team behind the 8-ball. The Kings out-shot Calgary 14-9 and out-chanced the Flames 10-7. Calgary went 0 for 2 on the power-play, but that shouldn't come as any surprise as the Kings dominated the play.

The second period was much of the same as the Kings continued to out-shoot Calgary. At 7-6, it wasn't much of a differential but where the big difference came was in chances. LA widened the spread, out-chancing Calgary 7-2 and at the 4:22 mark, they cashed in one of them.  Dustin Brown carries the puck over the blue-line on the right hand side; he drops the puck to Kopitar and immediately cuts to the center of the ice. Kopitar would feed the wide open Brown the puck back with a well served pass and that would be all he needed, as he buries the shot over Kiprusoff's left shoulder. Once again the Flames would go 0 for 2 on the PP and the second ends, 2-0 Kings.

The Flames record when trailing after two periods has them winning only four times out of the forty games they have found themselves in such a deficit, so there wasn't a lot to be optimistic about going into the third. Couple that with the fact that the Kings are second in the league in goals allowed and you can see where this is going!

The Flames would out-chance LA 3-2 in the final frame, yet get out-shot 9-4. It's no surprise Calgary led in scoring chances as the chasing team normally does while the opposition does their best to protect their lead. Luckily the Flames didn't have a power-play in the third to completely ruin, so they end up 0 for 4 on the night, the only bright spot on the special teams is that they were a perfect 4 for 4 on the PK; yet again, the Kings didn't need them. At 18:51 of the third, Justin Williams would get the empty-netter, putting an end to the game and most likely the Flames season.

THE STARS

1. Jonathan Quick

2. Anze Kopitar

3. Jay Bouwmeester

THE FINAL

While the Flames are still mathematically alive, their elimination number falls to 3 with a mere 4.7% chance at the playoffs. The attitude of the team showed that no matter what they say about possibility and the belief they seem to think they have at still having a chance, you could see it on the face of Iginla, their CAPTAIN, in his post-game interview, that they are done.

Bottom line... the end result reflected the effort of the home team tonight. But for all the optimists that are looking for that last thread to hold on to. The Flames are 7-3-2 this year against Vancouver, Colorado and Anaheim.

Go get em boys! Next game is Friday at 7:00 against the... hey Colorado Avalanche. Fortune favours the bold, not sure which team it applies to but catch the game on Sportsnet West or the Fan 960 and find out.

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Vintage Flame is a Calgary based sports junkie that prefers to call hockey a "religion" rather than an addiction. He believes there are two types of hockey fans. Those who cheer for the Flames, and those who don't understand the sport yet. Follow Vintage_Flame on Twitter
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#51 suba steve
March 29 2012, 04:02PM
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@rubbertrout

If the Flames go the rebuild route (like many are hoping), who cares about the cap? Bring Sarich and/or Hannan back on D at low cap hit, or do what we did to get Hannan last year--be patient. Give Babchuk a regular shift, who cares, we're rebuilding. Olli, if he will come back for reasonable $ bring him back too, he likes Calgary. If he needs to feather his nest say good-bye, sorry you have to move your family. Overpay for UFAs, no effin way.

However, if no rebuild, may god have mercy on Jay Feaster or whoever is preventing that which is long overdue.

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#52 RexLibris
March 29 2012, 04:02PM
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jonny wrote:

"Flames acquire majority stake in Stampeders."

Not quite the change of direction I had in mind.

Whoa!

I'm not sure that is something to cheer for if you're a Stamps fan.

Will Hufnagel be replaced by a Sutter on the sidelines?

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#53 rubbertrout
March 29 2012, 05:35PM
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suba steve wrote:

If the Flames go the rebuild route (like many are hoping), who cares about the cap? Bring Sarich and/or Hannan back on D at low cap hit, or do what we did to get Hannan last year--be patient. Give Babchuk a regular shift, who cares, we're rebuilding. Olli, if he will come back for reasonable $ bring him back too, he likes Calgary. If he needs to feather his nest say good-bye, sorry you have to move your family. Overpay for UFAs, no effin way.

However, if no rebuild, may god have mercy on Jay Feaster or whoever is preventing that which is long overdue.

My comment was directed towards the suggestion that you needed to withhold judgment until you saw what he could do with cap space. If you do the rebuild i agree that cap space isn't important at least in the short term.

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#54 rubbertrout
March 29 2012, 05:37PM
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jonny wrote:

"Flames acquire majority stake in Stampeders."

Not quite the change of direction I had in mind.

Is Ken King Fred Fateri 2.0? May God have mercy on our souls.

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#55 Hitch_27
March 29 2012, 06:13PM
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What is the deal with Oli? He's gone from one of the most consistent to non-existent. If he's not playing hurt then there is no way he gets signed at any price.

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#56 lannyhidesahairlip
March 29 2012, 10:40PM
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Could everybody puhlease, puhlease stop referring to the Stanley Cup playoffs as "the dance?" Something about it just sounds, well, 1980's mullety to me. Thanks.

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#57 Reg Dunlop
March 30 2012, 12:37AM
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Please, good citizens of flame nation, do not panic. A few more points in shootouts, better luck regarding injuries, 1 more piece added to the puzzle. I know that with future hall of famers like Jarome and Kipper, what a freaking great goalie, I wish he was an oiler, just stay the course. The cup will be back where it belongs soon.

Whatever happens it is vital that the flames lock up these veterans for the next 4 or 5 years, as well as great youngsters like Olli and Stajan. This would ensure finishing way ahead of those dumb kids like Eberle. Please, please do this. Ha ha losers.

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#58 the-wolf
March 30 2012, 06:33AM
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marcus wrote:

While I may not agree with all of what you have said. Your point is valid. I have seen several games this year that there was no back pressure or defensive mindset from the Captain. Assignments blown that commentators don't have the balls to point out because they want to be buddy buddy with the most popular guy in town.

I see it. Others do too obviously. I hope management does too.

Be ironic and package Ignila et al for a top flight center for Cammy.

Otherwise, bring in that top flight center for Cammy and stick Iginla on the 2nd / 3rd line while he coasts for another half season.

"be ironic" - LOL!!! HAR!

Wouldn't that be a kicker?!

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#59 the-wolf
March 30 2012, 07:28AM
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PrairieStew wrote:

and @ trade iggy

I doubt there has been another team in history that has had the same guy lead the team in scoring for so long with no other help to speak of.

The contribution of other Hall of Fame players at age 34 ? Lafleur, Shanahan, Hull, McDonald, Gartner - none of them led their teams - and the numbers might be close but they were in eras when 40% more goals were being scored, so Iggy's numbers still pretty good.

If you trade him this summer you'd better be sure you get good return, because his value is much higher at the deadline when that cap number doesnt factor in.

I don't think there's one person who blames Iginla for aging. That's missing the point entirely. It's when you see his lack of commitment to a team game that infuriates certain fans. When the other team is scoring and Iginla is standing at their blueline, that's unaccceptable. When he does come into his own zone, he's never picking pockets or coming out deep with the puck or taking away passes. He's just doing lazy circles waiting for the breakout pass. In Iginla's mind, his only responsibility is to score. And now, since he has 'his 30' that's over too.

Keep in mind, he still comes into camp as the most fit player, he's almost never injured and never has been seriously injured in his career, and no one has ever commented that his skating has slowed down, that he's lost foot speed or 'a step' or anything like that. So basically he's genetically gifted, even more so than most NHL players, but just chooses to play the way he does.

I know Playfair talked about how Iginla doesn't like to practice, but Mike Rogers said it on the Fan the other night that he basically NEVER practices, at least not in the last half of the season.

Seriously? And this is the Captain? Face of the franchise? Talk about the worst display of leadership by example ever and I don't understand how coaches allow him to get away with it. You know, the concept of 'team' and all that?

No wonder he doesn't ever play the systems, he's never there to learn them.

He's been a different player since 2006. It's almost as if after that 2004 run he saw how much work it was and how hard it was and that's why he never showed up in game 7 in 2006 because he really couldn't be bothered to go through all that again. I really don't think he's that bothered, at all, by missing the playoffs.

I honestly believe that Iginla's priorities are as follows: living close to family in Edmonton and his summer home in Kelowna, playing for only one team his entire career, playing until he's 40, scoring 600 goals, Hall of Fame, Stanley Cup. In that order.

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#60 T&A4Flames
March 30 2012, 08:23AM
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RexLibris wrote:

Whoa!

I'm not sure that is something to cheer for if you're a Stamps fan.

Will Hufnagel be replaced by a Sutter on the sidelines?

Haha.... that's actually kind a' funny.

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#61 everton fc
March 30 2012, 10:51AM
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Nolan Moore wrote:

Some people are still drinking the kool-aid. Button is terrible. We dont know how these guys will pan out. Sven is one hit away from being out for good. The other guys have potential, but are not considered blue-chip. Start rebuilding through the draft and get a scouting group who knows how to. Feaster send him back to Florida. Bring in Jim Nill.

If not Nill, Jason Botterill will do.

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#62 My2Scents
March 30 2012, 11:39AM
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everton fc wrote:

If not Nill, Jason Botterill will do.

The line up for Nill is fairly long and you're near the end. His contract runs another year and will be renewed. He is the heir apparent in Motown. Forget his face. Besides he's out of your league. There's more to life than money.

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#63 negrilcowboy
March 30 2012, 12:37PM
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the-wolf wrote:

I don't think there's one person who blames Iginla for aging. That's missing the point entirely. It's when you see his lack of commitment to a team game that infuriates certain fans. When the other team is scoring and Iginla is standing at their blueline, that's unaccceptable. When he does come into his own zone, he's never picking pockets or coming out deep with the puck or taking away passes. He's just doing lazy circles waiting for the breakout pass. In Iginla's mind, his only responsibility is to score. And now, since he has 'his 30' that's over too.

Keep in mind, he still comes into camp as the most fit player, he's almost never injured and never has been seriously injured in his career, and no one has ever commented that his skating has slowed down, that he's lost foot speed or 'a step' or anything like that. So basically he's genetically gifted, even more so than most NHL players, but just chooses to play the way he does.

I know Playfair talked about how Iginla doesn't like to practice, but Mike Rogers said it on the Fan the other night that he basically NEVER practices, at least not in the last half of the season.

Seriously? And this is the Captain? Face of the franchise? Talk about the worst display of leadership by example ever and I don't understand how coaches allow him to get away with it. You know, the concept of 'team' and all that?

No wonder he doesn't ever play the systems, he's never there to learn them.

He's been a different player since 2006. It's almost as if after that 2004 run he saw how much work it was and how hard it was and that's why he never showed up in game 7 in 2006 because he really couldn't be bothered to go through all that again. I really don't think he's that bothered, at all, by missing the playoffs.

I honestly believe that Iginla's priorities are as follows: living close to family in Edmonton and his summer home in Kelowna, playing for only one team his entire career, playing until he's 40, scoring 600 goals, Hall of Fame, Stanley Cup. In that order.

amen brother. when your captain plays for personal stats and takes the country club approach he isn't your leader.

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#64 everton fc
March 30 2012, 02:26PM
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My2Scents wrote:

The line up for Nill is fairly long and you're near the end. His contract runs another year and will be renewed. He is the heir apparent in Motown. Forget his face. Besides he's out of your league. There's more to life than money.

I know this...

Which is why I present Botterill's name....

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