Well that was unexpected.
I mean, I’ve seen the Habs a few times in this little skid of theirs, and I’ve seen every one of the Flames’ hideous losses since the beginning of the month. I figured this would be one of those 6-5 games that ends on an unbelievable own-zone turnover that most junior players don’t make.
Glad I was wrong.
After a poor first period, Calgary came out guns blazing in the second, scored a pair of shorthanded goals and put the game away emphatically. It was very nice to see, and was not un-reminiscent of their larger successes earlier this season. Solid performances pretty much all around. It’s certainly something to which a fellow such as myself could become accustomed.
But at the same time, it’s important, I think, to keep in mind that I’m pumped over a strong win over a very weak team that can’t buy a win. Imagine being excited that the Flames beat the Canucks or something. Mortifying is what that is.
But hey, FlamesNation has its first win ever. You can’t blame us for poor play any more.
- The final 40 minutes might be the best 40 Calgary has played all season. The Flames outshot the Canadiens 28-15 in the final two periods and outscored them 5-0. That’s pretty much the way to win every game. And that second period especially was, to quote Kent from last night’s comment section, a “statement period.”
- The penalty kill was brilliant, obviously. Despite taking a bunch of penalties, the Flames only gave up four power plays, and outscored the Habs on them 2-0. Any time you get one shorthanded goal, you’re putting your team in good position (I wonder how many teams have scored a shorty and lost this year), but when you get two, that’s lights-out.
- Miikka Kiprusoff had another solid effort, making 22 saves on 24 shots, and one of the goals he conceded was entirely not his fault. (More on that in a second)
- Mike Cammalleri continued his hot streak, scoring a goal and adding an assist. Rene Bourque had an identical scoring line.
- Breakout game for Matt Lombardi? A goal and two assists is a good night for anyone, but Lombardi’s been struggling to do anything well for an entire game all season. He was a force last night and finished plus-4.
- Jarome Iginla continues to be invisible. He had four shots on goal and was a minus-2.
- Todd Bertuzzi also sucked once again. Minus-2 as well, and one shot on goal.
- Dion Phaneuf’s atrocious odd-man coverage directly led to the second Montreal goal. Granted he also scored in the game, but that was embarrassing. Memo to Dion: When you’re caught on a 2-on-1, it’s a pretty good idea to take away the pass instead of attempting to play the body. You left your goaltender dead to rights. He had ZERO chance of stopping that shot.