Nation World HQ
February 03 2012 10:21PM
While the Chicago Blackhawks ran things at times in the first period on Friday night, the Calgary Flames were able to limit the damage fairly effectively and finished the opening frame even at a goal a piece. That allowed them to use a strong final 40 minutes, which helped them to a solid 3-1 win over the suddenly struggling Chicago Blackhawks. It snapped a three game home losing streak for the Flames and got them back within three points of a playoff spot.
February 03 2012 09:44PM
Final Score: 3-1W
February 03 2012 06:29PM
Not a lot has gone right for the Flames this year, but at least the schedule maker hasn't been overly cruel - I can't remember the last time Calgary had the benefit of this many opponents on the second night of a back-to-back.
They'll need the extra boost tonight. The Hawks may be prone to getting blown out by the Oilers, but they remain a very good team. The couple of times I've seen them this year the weak spot in their play has been the defensive end. Remember the Stempniak inside/out goal on Duncan Keith? Of course, they remain as scary as ever at the other end of the ice as well, which is why they still win more games than they lose.
Nation World HQ
February 03 2012 11:52AM
Three nights ago, the Calgary Flames had every single team battling with them for a playoff spot lose in regulation, but were unable to pounce on their prime opportunity to close a gap in the Western Conference. While sitting idle last night, the out of town scoreboard was basically as good as they could hope for, presenting another opportunity for the Flames. Calgary welcomes Chicago tonight for the final meeting of the season between the two teams (7 pm, TSN and Sportsnet 960).
February 03 2012 10:05AM
I continue to gather and organize my thoughts on the Flames, the future and rebuilding. For now, though, I'll present some other things that are kicking around my head.