December 23 2014 01:20AM
Heading into the meat of tonight's game in Los Angeles, things did not look great for the Calgary Flames. Down 3-0 to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Flames seemed set for their ninth straight loss. To that point, the Flames had been out-played and largely out-classed by the Kings.
Then Johnny Gaudreau happened.
The Calgary Flames won 4-3 in overtime in a game that turned on the play of a 21-year-old rookie. Johnny Gaudreau saved Christmas.
Here's how it happened.
December 22 2014 01:48PM
The Calgary Flames complete their pre-Christmas schedule tonight in Los Angeles. Despite all the disappointment and frustration over their present eight-game winless streak (0-7-1), a lot of that apprehension would be eliminated with two points against the Los Angeles Kings.
December 21 2014 11:36AM
The Flames got a point last night, their first such standings point in 17 days. Since December 4, they're 0-7-1. Granted, a lot of the past 17 days has been horrid luck, but occasional lapses have come back to haunt the Calgary Flames in a big way lately.
So our Sunday question is thus: Has Calgary's losing streak changed your tune about the team, or are you satisfied with the team being at .500 (or thereabouts) around Christmas?
December 21 2014 01:43AM
The Calgary Flames finally earned another point - their first since their OT win against Colorado on December 4 - via a 3-2 overtime loss against Vancouver. So ends 17 point-less days this month, and hopefully a sign that the tide is turning.
They're back in action on Monday night in Los Angeles in their last game before the Christmas break.
December 20 2014 12:02PM
The Calgary Flames (17-15-2) have lost 7 games in a row. Their opponents tonight, the Vancouver Canucks (), have lost 5 games in a row.
A streak will end tonight.
I really hope it's Calgary's streak, because I am sick of writing the same "The Flames played well but something went bad and they lost!" game story. You can try and dress it up, but fundamentally we're experiencing the exact opposite of October and November, and it's just more fun to analyze wins than it is to dissect a string of very similar losses.
Is it time for us to crack each others' heads open and feast on the goo inside? We're not sure. We hope not. But with a loss against a reeling Vancouver Canucks team that is having a similarly tough go of it, it may be time to hit the proverbial panic button.
(For a view from the other side, visit our chums over at Canucks Army)