Postgame: Bourque Powers Flames

Pat Steinberg
October 22 2010 07:37PM

DALLAS - JANUARY 27: Left wing Rene Bourque #17 of the Calgary Flames at American Airlines Center on January 27, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

After a 4-2 loss Thursday night in Detroit, the Calgary Flames bounced back with a 6-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday night, getting their record back up above .500.  It gives Henrik Karlsson his first NHL win, and finishes a three game road trip on a winning note.  And Rene Bourque scored late in the third period to finish off his third career hat trick.

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Game No.7: New Kid in Town

Kent Wilson
October 22 2010 05:08PM

Ryan is out of commission today, so the game thread snark will have to come from me.

Yesterday did a lot to undermine both the fans and the coaches belief in the top end of the roster: Iginla to some degree, but Jokinen mostly. Why there was faith there in the first place is probably truer mystery, given the manner in which the previous Jokinen experiment failed so spectacularly. And althogh we're just six games into the new year, it's safe to say the theorized "Alex Tanguay can feed the two snipers!!1!" fix...ain't.

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FGD: Look Up, Way Up

Pat Steinberg
October 22 2010 11:47AM

It's Henrik Time tonight in Columbus as the Calgary Flames finish off a three game road trip in the Ohio state capitol (5 pm, Sportsnet West and The FAN 960).  It's the much anticipated debut of Flames backup goaltender Henrik Karlsson, or as some of started calling him, The Calgary Tower.  Great nickname...and let's hope the team plays better in front of him than they have in front of past backup goalies.

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Gameday Preview: Columbus Blue Jackets

Kent Wilson
October 22 2010 10:34AM

Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash (R) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Stockholm October 9, 2010. REUTERS/Bob Strong (SWEDEN - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)


I became something of a closet Blue Jackets fan a couple of years ago when Rick Nash emerged and Kristian Huselius was signed by the club. Nash, in some ways, reminds me of a young Jarome Iginla when the latter was finding shouldering the load on a team that found it tough to compete on a nigh-to-night basis. Huselius is just a player I've always liked.

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Postgame: Detroit Prevails

Pat Steinberg
October 21 2010 08:45PM

DETROIT - MARCH 12: Mikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames makes a shootout save against Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings on March 12, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Calgary won 6-5 in a shootout. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Can't fault a whole lot of what the Calgary Flames did Thursday night at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, but in the end, they fell 4-2 at the hands of the Red Wings.  After a very good first period, the Flames were unable to follow up the same way in the final two frames.  It was a decent 60 minute effort for Calgary, but Detroit's dynamic duo of Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk won the day.

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