March 20 2010 10:38AM
In a season of underwhelming performances, questionable decisions and just plain bad luck, last night was a bit of a departure from the 2009-10 script for the Flames. Calgary entered the evening one point back of the eighth place Detroit Red Wings for the final playoff position in the west. Unfortunately, the Flames were to face off against the number one ranked San Jose Sharks while the Detroit was in Edmonton, playing what is likely the worst team that city has ever seen. Running in place seemed to be the best possible outcome.
I feel sorry for any gamblers who bet the smart money last night. The Flames ended up taking the Sharks 4-3 while, even more improbably, the Oilers beat the Red Wings in a shoot-out. Inconceivable!
March 19 2010 05:10PM
Welcome to the Game Day Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s 71st game of the season on March 19, 2010.
March 19 2010 02:35PM
The Calgary Flames get set for the San Jose Sharks tonight in another crucial game in their bid to remain in the Western Conference playoff hunt. Now, with 12 games remaining this season, the injuries start to pile up a little more than perhaps the Flames and their fans would like.
March 19 2010 10:50AM
...Or "how I continue to worry and have yet to learn to love Steve Staios"
It's no secret that I was an outspoken critic of the Staios acquisition. I felt it was the needless addition of a bad contract to a team already low on cap flexibility going into next year. In addition, the theorized short-term benefits of adding Staios seemed paltry, especially in light of his age, declining abilities and the fact he boasts some of the worst results amongst all NHL defensemen this season.
March 18 2010 02:51PM
The players aren’t listening to all the talk about head shots. James Wisniewski proved that last night with his hit on Brent Seabrook, and became another in a long list of players who aren’t paying attention.