March 11 2013 11:53PM
Okay, stop me if you've heard this one before...
Tonight your Calgary Flames looked to reach the .500 mark. It's the eighth time they've attempted the feat, succeeding once. In fact they were above the mark for a short period until this road trip
After having their dignity, not to mention their you-know-what's handed to them from their former coach, GM, and his merry band of brothers, Calgary would try once again to beat the Kings.
March 09 2013 12:00AM
There were no travel delays involving the Flames game today, although given that Calgary was only 1 for 25 and 0 for their last 15 trips down to Anaheim... they maybe should have been hoping for one, or two.
Calgary began their Californication putting their newly earned above .500 record on the line in probably the most hostile of arenas they could visit. To their credit, they didn't play like they hadn't won there since 2004, or that they were playing against a team that was thirteen points ahead of them in the Western Conference. Well, not at first anyways.
Alas, on a night where the NHL saw the Blackhawks streak come to an end, we all got to enjoy another, not so proud one, continue...
March 06 2013 11:47PM
After missing 13 games, Calgary finally had their #1 goalie back. The team went 6-5-2 over those 13, so it's up to you if that was unlucky or not. Tonight would also be the teams 7th stab at getting above the .500 mark. Would "7" be your Calgary Flames lucky number tonight?
Again the team would be facing an opponent delayed later than expected in Vancouver. This time it would be the San Jose Sharks that would come into the Dome slightly less than prepared. Calgary was going to be the team that determined the tempo of this game, and try to controll it with their style of play. Most importantly, find a way to keep Marleau and the two Joey's aways from the front of the Flames net.
Lucky number seven would be lucky indeed for Calgary, not to mention Kiprusoff's return to the blue paint wasn't heroic by any means to start the game, but he was impressive when they needed him in the end, and tonight was enough to push the Flames over the top; and over .500.
March 03 2013 09:51PM
It was a game we weren't even sure was going to take place given that at 2:00 pm MST, the Canucks hadn't even left the Vancouver tarmac yet. A sever snow storm was threatening whether the team could land in Calgary, wich to a lot of Flames fans, was probably a mixed blessing.
It hasn't been a good time to be a Flames fan, what with the whole losing out on Ryan O'Reilly, and then it being nothing short of divine intervention that Colorado matched the offer; not to mention the whole thing about Calgary not being able to win a game if their lives depended on it! Which is odd, because that's just it. Their playoff lives do depend on it.
For those that were disappointed the game might not happen tonight, most were upset cause it was a missed chance to move that much closer to getting the likes of McKinnon, Jones, Drouin or say Barkov.
Some believed that this was actually a chance for the Flames to sneak in a win. Given that the Canucks played last night and with the delay getting into town tonight, it was a chance to catch Vancouver flat-footed.
With all that being said, were Flames fans going to be thankful that the Canucks showed up in the first place? That the fans braved the snow to show up for the game? Or that their team showed up for a critical match against a beatable team?
Let's find out...
February 26 2013 09:55PM
Being that it was the third time your Calgary Flames have played these Minnesota Wild in the past sixteen days, you'd think there would be a solid game plan that would allow Calgary to get out of St. Paul with two points, a game above .500 and their third win in a row.
A win would have drawn the Flames to within one point of 8th in the West and finally gain some momentum with a tough stretch of games looming near. Too bad they couldn't pull it all together, because despite playing poorly once again in front of a goalie not named Kiprusoff, Joey MacDonald played pretty damn well; giving his team chance after chance to redeem their poor play with even a lucky bounce or a garbage goal.
There's only so many chances you get to stifle a guy like Zach Parise in one game; tonight the Flames pushed those odds one too many times.