That might be the least encouraging win in a while.
Okay sure the Flames won 3-2 over the Wild and blah blah blah. Two points is two points and all that. I get it.
But if you outshoot a team 40-15, the final score should NEVER be 3-2. The thought of Minnesota hanging around in that game and making it interesting is immediately repulsive to me, but they were allowed to do so by a Flames team that barely seemed to care despite the huge advantage in possession and shots.
Maybe it’s a side effect of that whole “Minnesota can’t win in Calgary” thing. Maybe. Or maybe it’s a still-disinterested team that let a far inferior opponent linger far longer than they should have been allowed.
This team, I think, still isn’t doing many things well. That it won last night was almost happenstance.
Jamie Lundmark — Ho hum another two points *yawn*.
Discipline and the PK — Minnesota got one power play and no shots on it. That’s been a very good thing to see over the last few games.
Todd Bertuzzi — That was an impressive performance. He was getting the puck toward the net and holding onto it in high-traffic areas.
Daymond Langkow — He was very strong, I thought, and scored his 20th goal of the season. That makes seven straight 20-goal seasons, which is a very respectable accomplishment. But barring an insane run over these last seven games, it will be the first in Calgary in which he does not score 25. To be fair, he did miss like nine games due to injury.
Jarome Iginla — He probably should have had three points or so, but he’ll just have to settle for the gorgeous setup on Eric Nystrom’s game-winner.
Miikka Kiprusoff — I counted one truly difficult save last night. The rest were iffy at best and he put himself out of position terribly on the first goal against.
Dion Phaneuf — Big shock, right? Nothing he did last night was outwardly upsetting, but he was once again on the ice for both of Minnesota’s goals, and he probably should’ve picked up Andrew Brunette on the weak side for Minnesota’s first goal.
Shot differential — Yeah I mean sure, finishing plus-25 in shots is great, but if you do that, you cannot finish plus-1 in goals.
Eric Furlatt — MAYBE Curtis Glencross played that second no-goal with a high stick (it was awful close), but that “in the crease” call was just ludicrous. Could have been a game-changing moment.