I am not so good at predicting things, apparently.
Well, yesterday I said five of a list of 10 things would happen. Let’s see how close I was:
1. Jarome Iginla has a multiple-point night.
Well he had Calgary’s only goal, so I suppose I was half-right. TLP score: 0.5 for 1.
2. Daymond Langkow has a goal.
Nope. TLP score: 0.5 for 2.
3. Miikka Kiprusoff stands on his head.
He kind of did until the end when the game just got away from everybody. I’m gonna put myself down as a “right” for this one. TLP score: 1.5 for 3.
4. The power play lights Roberto Luongo up like Times Square on New Years Eve.
Hahaha yeah right. TLP score: 1.5 for 4.
5. Dion Phaneuf demolishes someone.
Phaneuf was officially credited with one hit in the game, and it wasn’t especially memorable (since I don’t remember it). TLP score: 1.5 for 5.
6. Two goals come from guys with less than 10 on the year.
Do Rick Rypien (3) and Matthias Ohlund (5 and 6) count? TLP score: 1.5 for 6.
7. Olli Jokinen makes his long-awaited return to the scoresheet.
Even though I was technically right here (he had the primary on Iginla’s goal), I now await his return to the healthy scratch list. TLP score: 2.5 for 7.
8. Someone has a Gordie Howe hat trick.
No one even fought. What a ripoff. TLP score: 2.5 for 8.
9. Todd Bertuzzi comes to PLAY tonight.
Oh good god no. He was hideous. TLP score: 2.5 for 9.
10. Jamie Lundmark plays the hero.
He almost did when he hit the post. Almost. Half credit again, since I’m feeling generous. TLP score: 3 for 10.
Okay, okay. I’m an idiot.
Offense — On most nights, 46 shots is enough to keep you winning, but Roberto Luongo was just about unbeatable. He’s the only reason on the Canucks that Vancouver won that game. (The other reason we’ll get to in a minute.)
Miikka Kiprusoff — He made a number of difficult stops last night and generally looked very good for the second game in a row. Can’t blame him on goals Nos. 2 or 3. Those were tipped by Phaneuf and on a screen, also by Phaneuf.
Another goal for Jarome Iginla — Four in five games now. It’s a pity the rest of the Flames are just letting him do it in a vacuum for the most part.
The meltdown — You knew it was coming since the amount of pressure the Flames were putting on was unsustainable, but it was upsetting nonetheless to see a whole team, gassed though it may have been, quit in the final five minutes. The fact that they’re skating with this short bench is entirely Darryl Sutter’s fault, and I wish someone in the media would call him on it.
Jordan Leopold and Dion Phaneuf as a pairing — It needs to stop. They looked horrible again last night and were on the ice for three of Tampa’s four goals, and were directly responsible for the first two. The third was one of those things, but Jesus Christ.
The power play — Another 0-fer night. I think that makes them 0 for the last 37. It’s around there anyway. And this despite another coupla 5 on 3s.
Todd Bertuzzi on the power play — What a useless lump of turd this guy has been on the FIRST power play unit. First!
Mike Keenan — As I pointed out on my own blog, he’s really the one that cocked this whole thing up. The Flames were playing like garbage for the majority of the third period, and he just sat there like a moron and never used his timeout when it was clear the PK guys, who were so busy in the final 15 minutes or so, needed a breather and a talking-to. Because of his inaction, a one-goal deficit doubled and then tripled in the space of about five minutes.