Game No. 22: Don’t be a turkey

Given that this is happening around 10 a.m. your time, I bet you’re not watching.

Boy, you guys gotta be pumped. We had our Thanksgiving down here in America yesterday and we got today off to.. I dunno, go shopping at 3 a.m. or something. So anyway, as a result, the League says "Those people coming home with their $8 52-inch plasma TVs probably really want to watch hockey for the rest of the day."

Unfortunately for you Canadians, our boys got caught in the middle of it. The Bruins and Hurricanes played at noon here in Boston, there are a couple games at 1 p.m., including the Flames’, there’s a 2 o’clock tilt, one at 4, one at 5, then a couple at normal Friday hockey times.

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Not that this probably matters to you. It doesn’t really make sense to play this game in particular at 1 p.m., or 11 a.m. Calgary time. Canadians don’t have the day off, and they sure as hell don’t want to watch THIS team on a semi-legal feed two hours after they get into the office. Senators fans don’t have it much better: they’re on at 1 against the Penguins. So know you’re not alone.

The good news for you is that you’re probably not going to have to watch this garbage. I am. I’m gonna watch every dreadful second of a game, as the best team in the league right now, statistically, carves up the Flames’ defense like so much Thanksgiving turkey. At least Staios and Mikkelson aren’t paired together for this one (they’re with Giordano and Babchuk, respectively, though I’m not sure how much of an improvement that bottom pairing is). More good news: Craig Conroy’s back in the lineup.

Of course, Olli Jokinen remains on the top line, so we still don’t have much to be thankful for.


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  • Emperor Crayons

    I’d like to dedicate this win to a certain special someone. A man whose contribution to the game of hockey made this win possible. That’s right you know who I’m talking about, give it up for Sean Avery everyone!

    • GermanFlame

      This maybe the only time I have ever been thankful for Sean Avery! But damn I’m glad that rule was created!

      It sounds like this was the first time the rule was enforced, so I guess we aren’t sloppy seconds anymore!

  • Emperor Crayons

    Now that was an exciting game, from the 3rd period onward, I would hazard a guess that this was the teams most consistent game effort wise for 60+ minutes.

    Laughed so hard at the Pronger penalty, now that was good stuff!! But again for the most parts, Flames weren’t getting the penalty calls, like when Powe went straight through Kipper and no defensement within reach….

    Anyway, that was a great game, Lets keep it goin!

  • everton fc

    I have said a few times this season that if the team continues in the muck for too long, clear out the bench-boss…

    Including the Detroit game, this team has not played too bad on this roadtrip. Perhaps we are turning a corner?

    I think this might be a big win today, but that’s obviously cliche, isn’t it?? Still, a win vs. the Pens, and a win Monday evening vs. the Wild (I’ll be there, free seats!) puts us right back in the thick of it.

    I also have this strange feeling Kotalik may light it up when he returns. Makes sense, now that Staois has scored!