Ah yes, this is the team to which I have become accustomed over the past two or three weeks.
This is why Calgary is going to lose the division.
As of right this second, they are a mere three points up on the Canucks, who have a game in hand, and are playing their best hockey of the season. Compare their 8-1-1 record in the last 10 (read: 17 of 20 points) to Calgary’s 4-6-0 (read: 8 of 20) and then look at last night’s game against a terrible St. Louis side and realize that the Canucks are coming creeping, and the Flames have no way to stop it.
The team, I fear, have become painfully one-dimensional. It can attack attack attack all day, but its has no defense and no goaltending, and if the Blues can exploit that, then the Red Wings and Sharks and Canucks of the world can do the same, with greater ease and frequency.
I don’t know where the excuses can even begin. This was a pathetic showing. I have very little to say besides that.
The power play — It looked fairly threatening and did score.
Mike Cammalleri — He seemed oddly inactive for long stretches the last few games, and that continued tonight to an extent, but goddamn did he step into that goal.
The continued success of the Jokinen-Iginla setup — These two guys could put up points with anybody. Two assists each last night. Too bad the rest of the forward lines couldn’t have been bothered.
Discipline — Only giving up two power plays is a hell of a way to keep the opponent on its heels, especially because Calgary was still setting the physical tone.
Dealing with TJ Oshie — He was a threat all night and the defense did little to contain him. That shorthanded goal was brutal (more on that in a second.
Miikka Kiprusoff — He must be broken. All three goals he gave up were just terrible. The first was a floater on a rebound that he kicked RIGHT BACK TO OSHIE, the second was a cross-ice pass that he made no attempt to actually follow to the weak side, and the third.. jesus I have no idea. Just putrid.
The loss — It shouldn’t have happened. Not to a team like St. Louis, not to a team with as many injury problems as the Blues, not at home. It’s inexcusable.