Postgame: An Entertaining Win

Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross (20) scores a shorthanded goal past Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (R) as Flyers center Mike Richards chases the play during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 26,2010. REUTERS/Tim Shaffer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

We don’t hear that very often, but a strong game for the Calgary Flames resulted in an exciting 65 minutes of hockey and a real fun shootout…when it was all said and done, the Flames would top the Flyers 3-2 in a shootout, snapping a three game losing skid and giving Calgary their first win on this five game road trip.

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What Happened

A fairly even opening frame kind of set the tone of this hockey game, with both teams generating scoring opporunties and neither team really carrying things for a long period of time.  Overall, the Flyers would have the edge in scoring chances and shots, but this game would have no score after 20 minutes.

The second period saw most of the goal scoring, with Philadelphia opening things at 3:09 as Nikolai Zherdev did it all himself, wheeling through the offensive zone and showing off his high level of skill before snapping a shot past Miikka Kiprusoff…Zherdev’s eighth made it 1-0.  On a Flyers powerplay, it would be the Flames getting the equalizer thanks to a great individual effort…Curtis Glencross would strip the puck, fend off the back check and fire a backhand past Sergei Bobrovsky.  But very shortly afterwards, Philly would go back on top thanks to Mike Richards; the Flyers captain would strip Robyn Regehr and fire a pass across to James Van Riemsdyk and Philly carried a 2-1 lead into the final frame.

That third period saw Calgary tie things up, as Calgary finished off an odd man rush with an unlikely hero…Steve Staios was the recipient of an Alex Tanguay pass; it was a play all started by Jarome Iginla who would get the second assist on the play.  After some chances at both ends, the third period would end 2-2 and for the second straight game, Calgary would need more than 60 minutes to see the outcome.

Overtime was dominated by Philadelphia, and they looked to have the game won when Richards fired a shot past Kiprusoff from the right circle…but wait.  Chris Pronger was in front of the crease and stuck his hand out to impede Calgary’s goalie…no goal, penalty called, and off to a shootout we go.  Claude Giroux opened the scoring in the shootout, while Alex Tanguay was stimied; Daniel Briere almost put the Flyers up by two, but it glanced off the post setting up two consecutive goals from Niklas Hagman and Rene Bourque in order; the Flames win.

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One Good Reason…

…why the Flames won?  Beacuse they deserved to.  They were right with the Flyers from start to finish and at no point did we see the NHL’s best team take things over.  Calgary never took things over either, but that’s because it was a very tough opponent.  This is what is probably infuriating for most Flames fans, in that they can stick with good teams and find ways to pull things out.  Calgary played a strong game, they deserved to win, just as the Flyers would have deserved to win.  Also has to be noted…the Flames caught an officiating break with the no-goal, and they took advantage of it.  Good on them.

Red Warrior

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 19: Martin Erat  of the Nashville Predators carries the puck towards Steve Staios  of the Calgary Flames on October 19, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Heyyyyyyyy Stevey boy!  He scored the tying goal, and he’s been much maligned throughout this campaign…but give him credit on the tying marker.  He jumped into the play, and wired a real nice pass from Tanguay past the goaltender.  As Kent has said many times, Staios is still an NHL defender…just not a $2.7 million defender.

Sum It Up

Good, strong win for the Calgary Flames.  I have stopped speculating as to how the Flames will follow this one up, or how it will affect them going forward.  But it’s fair to say Calgary can play good hockey and they can hang with most teams in the leauge when they’re staying with it.  They played a good strong game at even strength, they were strong on the penalty kill, and in the end, things could have gone either way.  They went Calgary’s tonight.

  • GoShamesGo

    Great wrap up Pat,

    Its nice to see Staios get that goal, he played pretty decently today, wasn’t a goat at any particular point, but thats most likely due to Kipper’s outstanding performance.

    I’d like to point out that, although Jbouw was late on that second goal, it was olli leaving the man in front to double team richards.. And it was Hagman’s phantom poke check on the first goal. Its been a while, but it appears that the defensemen on this team have been playing solid this road trip.

    Once we get Kotalik back, we can get some scoring depth 😉 just kidding

  • everton fc

    5 pts. out of first place in the division. Albeit with one more game played than the Canucks…

    A win vs. Pens… vs. Wild… Next Wednesday’s game vs. Vancouver could be pivotal.

    Let’s hope so.

  • Section 216

    Gotta love the Sean Avery Rule coming into effect and biting Pronger in the ass.

    The Flames finally catch a break and luck comes for the ones that wait and try the hardest. Go get em in the Steel City tomorrow boys.

  • Backburner

    I had a feeling Calgary would show up for this one… it makes me wonder as to why we can’t see this kind of strong game more often from the Flames. The Pronger penalty was just the icing on the cake (:^P

  • GoShamesGo

    No talk of possibly the save of the year?
    Miikka should’ve been the Red Warrior because of a few crazy saves including the robbery in overtime and his performance in the shootout. This game, as usual, would have been a blowout without him.

    Also how awesome is Glencross? I wonder if he leads the league in shorthanded breakaway goals. Its a travesty that Jokinen makes more money than guys like Glencross, but thats the least of our problems.

    Hopefully we can string some wins together…uh oh the pens…never mind

  • BobB

    How’s this for re-shaping your paradigm.

    If we happen to win the next two games, we would technically be tied with the Chicago Blackhawks through 24 games @ 11-11-2.

    Huh. Parity, it messes with ya. The Hawks aren’t as good, but they should be a playoff team.

    Makes you re-think the ‘panic button’ response.

    Doesn’t mean anything, but it shifts thinking a little. At least, it does mine.

  • GermanFlame

    Half Glass empty: They are almost lost and have had a pitiful November.

    Half Glass Full: They are 5 points out of the division lead, A couple of wins here and there, maybe, just maybe.

    Don’t really like the term, this is just two different ways of looking at it.

  • BobB

    I thought the guys who have been the most maligned really stepped up today;

    Staios key goal/solid game-Mike Rogers hardest working Flame.

    Jokinen solid game/named 2nd star.

    Babchuk-solid defensive game/good outlet passes.

    Jackman-(or Thing 1all summer) very good on the forecheck/physical/creating chances.

  • Bob Cobb

    The Flames didn’t win because they deserved it, they won because the ref’s made a bush league call on Chris Pronger in OT. The puck came 5 to 10 seconds after he made the waving motion, Kiprusoff whiffed on the shot, a good goalie would have had it either way. Im an Oiler fan so you know I’m not biased in favour of Chrissy Pronger but that was a bush league call.

  • Bob Cobb

    Penis envy (the colloquial variety) is a common condition amongst a certain segment of the Oiler fanbase, it seems.

    Interesting point of note: it never gets longer.

  • SmellOfVictory

    considering he number of times the flames have been burned by bs calls, I have no problem watching the flyers suck on this one. There should be a rule for this kind of behavior as the existing one omits a player that is not facing the goalie. This was technically a blown call. But I can live with it. And oh…2 seconds.