Let’s start off by heaping a little praise on deserving parties.
That was a gut-punch loss, hey folks? Anyone old enough was probably reminded of Brian Skudland’s record setting fastest-play-off-OT-goal-ever against the Flames in ’86 when Havlat’s shot snuck through Jokinen and Kipper 12 seconds into the extra frame… Anyways, I went around ye olde intrawebs this morning and collected some reactions.
The good news is the Flames probably played Chicago far tougher than anyone expected. The bad news is it ultimately got them to the same destination as if they had played like garbage.
Welcome to the first PLAYOFF Fire Drill, for this, Calgary’s first postseason game on April 16, 2009
UFA Options is a continuing series that gives a brief run-down of the unrestricted free agent market this summer, team-by-team. It starts with a look at the Anaheim Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks have five unrestricted free agents of note (this of course assumes that former NHL journeymen Josh Green and Eric Boguniecki are no longer…
Sheldon Souray may want a trade??? Who gives two squirts about the Eastern Conference Round 1 matchups when the sexiest man on Earth may want out of good ol’ our town? We just about had an eyeball pop out of our skull yesterday afternoon when that article got emailed into OilersNation Central Command ™.
The Blackhawks have a lot of assests the Flames will have to be cognizant of: Khabibulin, Kane, Campbell, Toews, Versteeg, Sharp and the monstrous Dustin Byfuglien. But the scariest of them all is Martin Havlat.
For the Calgary Flames, there’s never been an entry to the playoffs quite like this one. Thanks to a combination of injuries and salary-cap gridlock – or call it unforgivable fiscal mismanagement, if that floats your boat – there was a decidedly surreal atmosphere in the regular season’s final couple of weeks.
What do you do when you reach the post season? We certainly couldn’t tell you up here in Edmonton. Last time we saw the playoffs Dwayne Roloson was our goalie. How old is HE right? But to succeed in the post season we seem to recall you need to take it to that next level….
What do you say when there is nothing to say? Fortunately the answer isn’t nothing. How fun would that be? No, instead we will overlook the fact that our favorite team has let us down – again – and that we will be faced with another playoffless playoffs – again.
Finally we can concentrate on the offseason and.. oh they actually made the playoffs? Rats.
There are thirty teams in the NHL. Each team has one first line, with three forwards on it; ergo there have been ninety first-line players since the lockout. Defining a first-line player is difficult, but the most obvious requirement is offense. With that in mind, I went and researched the top ninety players by points…