January 21 2015 01:45PM
On January 19, 2004, the Calgary Flames beat the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim by a 5-1 score in the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. That season, the Flames marched to the playoffs and came within a goal of winning the Stanley Cup (it was in).
They have not won in Anaheim in the regular season since, and they have not won a playoff round since.
Eleven years (and two days later), the Calgary Flames have a cemented team identity not seen since the 2004 edition of the club and, on the heels of four road wins against four different divisional opponents, they can polish off one doozy of a road trip tonight in Anaheim with a victory in the Honda Center to snap their decade-long losing streak in the arena.
January 20 2015 12:35PM
So, the Calgary Flames continue to make roster moves and tinker as the team barrels head-long towards their collision with the Anaheim Ducks tomorrow night at the Honda Center and following that, the All-Star Break.
Here's the gist of what's happening right now.
January 20 2015 12:33AM
(courtesy of either MyRegularFace or AnthonyCook, I can't recall which -RP)
The Flames got out-shot tonight.
They also got out-hit and lost roughly 61% of the face-offs they took. However, after a strong third period - that sounds unfamiliar - they forced overtime, and ultimately won their 25th game of this wacky, wacky season via a Dennis Wideman goal in extra time to leave Staples Center with a 2-1 victory.
The Flames are now in sole possession of the final wild-card playoff spot after 46 games.
Here's what went down in Hollywood tonight.
January 19 2015 12:32PM
We're 45 games into the 2014-15 season and the Calgary Flames enter tonight's game in possession of a playoff spot. The Flames' rebuild is what it is at this point, and the team's positives - their ability to hang in games, to make comebacks and to not let the air entirely out of the proverbial balloon when they get down in games - have out-weighed their negatives.
Are they the NHL's best team? Heck no. They still allow a lot of scoring chances and shots and shot attempts. They're not a fantastic possession team. But roughly (checks calendar) 15 months into the team's reclaimation project, they have an identity, their young players are improving and this is a team that has hung around long enough in the standings to be dangerous.
Tonight, it's the fourth game of their five-game road trip. The road trip began with a 1-0 shutout win over the Vancouver Canucks, and has since featured victories in Glendale, Arizona and San Jose, California. The Flames now face a MASSIVELY IMPORTANT, MEASURING-STICK GAME tonight against the Los Angeles Kings.
January 18 2015 10:15AM
We're on an off day as the Calgary Flames, on the road, prepare for one of the biggest games of the season tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
The anticipation for tomorrow leads to this week's Open question: What are your game-day rituals?