Say, if you wanted to come to my house and murder me right now, I wouldn’t fight you on it.
Said Ron Wilson after the game: “That’s a really good team that was in the seventh game of a seven-game road trip and 90 per cent of the time, what happened tonight happens to that team on the seventh game of a road trip.”
Jesus Christ on a retarded pony, I hope he’s right. Because if I have to put up with one more game like this in the remaining 12, I might actually strangle someone to death.
This was an eminently winnable, easy game to walk away from. And instead, the Flames completely pissed themselves. Not that we shouldn’t have seen it coming. Something has gone seriously wrong with Calgary in the last week or so.
Goals against for this road trip (and the one game preceding it) are as follows:
Hosting Tampa Bay: 8. Oh no!
At Ottawa: 3. Okay that’s fine.
At Philadelphia: 1. Now we’re talkin’.
At Carolina: 6. Yeesh.
At Atlanta: 5. Christ.
At New Jersey: 3. Getting better?
At Detroit: 5. Yeah but all those penalties.
At Toronto: 8. PANIC!!!!!!!!!
It’s nice that the Flames have a three-game homestand coming up, that’s for sure. Because I don’t think I could take another one of these. I’m absolutely positive Kipper couldn’t.
Olli Jokinen — Another outstanding effort, and in fact his best since March 17, 2007 (he had 2-4-6 against the Islanders), goes to waste. The fact that the team lost a game in which he had a hat trick and two assists is absurd. By the way, he now has eight goals and two assists since joining the Flames six games ago. What an amazing deadline pickup.
Jarome Iginla — Another 1-2-3 night. Guy’s pretty good. And the shot for his goal? Oh doctor, that was a rocket.
Curtis Glencross — I like the addition of Glencross to the ________-Jokinen-Iginla line. Worked out very well for everyone. Except the Flames I guess, but the motivation to put Mike Cammalleri on another line to spark some secondary or tertiary scoring is understandable as well.
Dion Phaneuf’s offensive contribution — Hey, he finished with a goal and two assists. Tough to argue with that, I guess.
The Flames’ record with Olli Jokinen — If not for the Detroit win, this would be under the heading directly below this one.
Dion Phaneuf’s defensive contribution — He was on the ice for NINE goals last night. Five of those were Toronto’s.
Mike Cammalleri — Finished a game-worst minus-3.
Curtis McElhinney — Poor, poor C-Mack. He actually took the loss in this.
Defense — Brutal. Positively, flat-out brutal. Eight goals scored by TORONTO? I don’t even know how to respond to that, except by running out into my back yard, finding a man-sized stick, and repeatedly hitting myself in the face with it in a blind rage. Last night was inexcusable. Completely. Phaneuf and Leopold: minus-2. Vandermeer and Aucoin: Even. Sarich and Regehr: minus-1. They’re been horrible almost this entire trip. I wonder if a team has ever won a game in which none of its defenseman posted “plus” ratings.
Miikka Kiprusoff — I can give him a pass for being overworked after the Detroit game.. almost. Six goals against on 22 shots is deplorable by any measure. I don’t care if Toronto physically blindfolded him. Make like 80 percent of the saves, alright? I mean, in a game with 14 goals, he was outdueled by MARTIN GERBER!
Basically everything else — I remember when I thought this team could go somewhere in the playoffs. Boy was I ever wrong.