April 07 2012 09:04AM
So here it is, the final game day of the Calgary Flames season, and for the third year in a row it will end on the final day of the NHL regular season. That’s just too soon for Flames fans, as we are left to now search for a team that has the best chance to defeat the Vancouver Canucks. Kind of an odd turn of events if you ask me since it wasn’t too long ago that we chastised Shelbyville for considering their back-to-back wins over the Flames as their “Stanley Cup victory”. That’s neither here nor there I guess - water under the bridge, as now Alberta unites to Embrace the Hate.
April 01 2012 12:00AM
Another loss for the Flames that really no one is surprised by. Going into the game, Calgary had 0.2% of still making the playoffs which realistically meant they had no chance. Even gaining the point in overtime, with the Phoenix win and some games that will al put the math into place, the Flames have officially been eliminated from the playoffs. I won't even give the Canucks the benefit of being the team that eliminated Calgary either, that distinction solely hangs around the neck of each Flames player and coach. Wear it well boys.
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.
March 27 2012 09:21PM
When I looked at the last fifteen games of the season, I had banked on a split between the Flames and the Dallas Stars. Now with only five games remaining, that split carries a lot more negative connotations than before. There is no dispute that if Calgary was to pull out a miracle of an improbable last ditch effort to make the playoffs that last night’s win was a must. And to their credit, they got it. They also managed to score five goals, one shy of their previous cumulative five game total. They also managed to get three of those goals on the powerplay, and from players that had been in a drought at the worst possible time of the season.
So what does this win mean for the team, when it was a night where the Flames needed everything to go their way and actually got it? It could mean extending the season if this team can replicate the result at least four more times... it could mean absolutely nothing.
March 20 2012 11:36PM
Once again the Flames find themselves on the short end of the stick, and with eight games left, there isn't much of a stick left to grasp to. Going into this game, it was viewed that Calgary was going to need to go 6-2-1 to make the playoffs; well if it's true, they burned the one and only extra time loss they have been afforded. It was a pretty tight game for the most part, but when you're playing a team you're trying to catch, you have to find a way to get the two points. Colorado did, Calgary did not.