With the acknowledgment that, yes, there was no fourth line tonight due to a myriad of problems, this was still an atrocious performance.
FIVE GOALS AGAINST!? FROM THE OILERS!?
There are any number of reasons why this is a terrible, awful, no good, very bad result (cost Calgary the division, was an embarrassment at the hands of the lowly Oilers, etc. etc. etc.) as a result of any number of terrible, awful, no good, very bad causes (Sutter, Keenan, Kiprusoff, etc. etc. etc.) but the end result is this:
I hate this team now.
With every fiber of my being.
I hope Edmonton wins by 16 tonight. I hope Vancouver pummels their opponent so the Flames lose the division they led by 13 points seven weeks ago by four. I hope the Flames get the Blackhawks in the playoffs. I hope the Blackhawks beat them as badly in the postseason as they did in the regular season. I hope they’re done playing hockey in a week and a half.
This team sucks. Booooooooo.
(Ed. note: The previous post was written by the average Calgary fan.
Coming tonight in the Battle of Alberta pt. 3 post: A number of reasons why I still love the Flames! Hooray!)
Hey Mike Cammalleri scored! — Whoopie.
So long, division title — Not that I expected it anyway, but to lose it like THAT, and to the OILERS. Ugh.
Everything else that transpired in the game — It was a pitiful performance and I’m embarrassed to be a Flames fan lately. They have been mismanaged at just about every level, right down to the players. Let’s break this down:
- Darryl Sutter allowed the cap situation to become so untenable that this is actually a team he forced Mike Keenan to ice in a regular season NHL game:
Cammalleri – Jokinen – Iginla
Bertuzzi – Langkow – Lundmark
Nystrom – Conroy – Moss
Negrin – Leopold
Vandermeer – Pardy
Aucoin – Pelech
I understand that there were extenuating circumstances related to injuries to Regehr, Phaneuf, Sarich, Giordano, Bourque, Glencross, Primeau and Roy all being hurt and Dustin Boyd being stuck in the minors due to cap constraints. But you cannot allow a situation in which a 15-man lineup THAT bad is allowed to step on the ice. I’d rather the Flames forfeited.
- Mike Keenan’s hands were tied by Sutter’s idiocy to a certain extent, but still, you cannot let Jordan Leopold play the second-most minutes on the team. You just can’t do it. He’s unbelievably bad.
- A captain or some sort of veteran leader needs to tell everyone to pull their heads out of their asses and play like adult professional hockey players. Because even given all these terrible circumstances, the Flames still looked like garbage.