Postgame: All Too Easy

There wasn’t a lot of difficulty in Calgary’s 9-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, and that’s just fine for the Flames, as they got back in the win column, and back into the top eight in the Western Conference.  It’s not like Calgary was channeling the Edmonton Oilers of the 1980’s.  But they were far and away better than an awful Avalanche team, and the cruised to a regulation win.  Happy Valentines Day!

What Happened

Well, we can tell you what didn’t happen…a competitive hockey game.  The onslaught started early and never stopped, with Robyn Regehr opening the scoring just 18 seconds into the first period.  His wrist shot from the point deflected in front and eluded starting goaltender Peter Budaj, and it really was a harbinger of things to come.  The Flames would get a powerplay shortly thereafter, and a Tim Jackman goal would be waved off on what I thought was the correct call.  It seemed to wake up the Avalanche, as they got a couple shots towards the net, and then Anton ended the game.  Seriously.  Anton Babchuk’s powerplay goal at 5:57 was all she wrote in this one, and it lead to three more tallies in the first period.  Jarome Iginla scored his 24th at 11:14 and then red hot Curtis Glencross scored again at 12:41.  For Glencross, he has goals in five straight games, and he’d assist on an Olli Jokinen marker at 17:01.  Jokinen would finish the period tying a team record with four points, and the slaughter was just beginning.

Amazingly, Colorado would score the only goal of the second period, and it came on the powerplay.  Daniel Winnik put home his eighth at 11:09 to stop the bleeding, temporarily.

Um, then the third period came.  Alex Tanguay scored 40 seconds in, getting a goal after getting back in the lineup after missing three games with a neck strain.  His 14th was followed by another Glencross marker at 2:57 and then a second on the night for Iginla at 9:16.  With just 65 seconds remaining, Calgary finished their onslaught with a Matt Stajan marker, his fifth.  Yep.  9-1 Calgary.  The Avalanche showed zero push back, and let the Flames push them around in their own building.  And the Flames obliged.

One Good Reason…

…isn’t a fair heading tonight.  There isn’t one good reason why the Flames won this hockey game, there are numerous.  Everything was bouncing their way on this night, and that was on display especially in the first period.  They ran into atrocious goaltending, which was on display from start to finish.  They didn’t get any type of fight from their opposition as this game went along, which lent itself to things getting out of control.  And finally, the Flames were/are a better hockey team.  So there you go.

Red Warrior

Well, I guess he tied a new Flames record for points in a period, so Olli Jokinen can get the nod.  I want him to keep playing well so I can keep posting the awesome photos of him that are floating around out there on the internet.  If I new how to get the animated ones on here, I’d obviously do that as well.  Honestly though, anyone would have been a good choice tonight.

Sum It Up

John-Michael Liles was -6 on this night.  That’s all you need to know.  Calgary won this hockey game going away, and they made a bad Avalanche team look horrid.  However, it’s just two points.  Sure, it’s nice to roll like that, but the team needs to put this sucker behind them the same way they did their loss on Saturday.  They’ve got a huge game with Dallas on Wednesday night.

Notes: Olli Jokinen and Tim Jackman both left the game and did not return with lower body injuries.  Jokinen did postgame interviews, so it doesn’t seem too serious, but the Jackman injury is uncertain.  Jokinen was caught with a knee-on-knee hit from Colorado’s Phillippe Dupuis, and I’d hope the league takes a look at it.

  • MKULLAR

    GO FLAMES GO PAT love overtime and thanks for doing it …. i just wanted to say that The flames are playing for Darryl sutter dont get me wrong I wasnt his biggest fan but since hes been out the players seem more energetic and feel like they need to prove everyone wrong that the moves Darryl made were for the best of the franchise and right now the players are proving that Darryl in the long run really did know what he was doing… and i dontknow why all thes fans think feaster is the reason its all the players playing for darryl and that why the flames are finally JELLING … Thanks PAT

    Mandeep Kullar

    • Vintage Flame

      Hmmm.. part of me really hopes you are right. Most of me thinks that it might be different motivation. some seem to think that the flames lacked this motivation and work ethic because they did not like Darryl. then once he was gone the team picked themselves up and played to their full if not passed their full potential.

      In the end no one is really going to know for sure, unless you’re pretty tight with one of the players or staff of some kind.

      What I might ask you Mandeep is does it really matter now. If you “weren’t his biggest fan”, then what matters more to you now, the success of the Flames, or the defense of Darryl’s honour? Not criticizing or denying you your soap box, but I just wonder. I really think the whole Darryl thing is done now, and like the team, it’s time for the fans to move on. Feaster is here now, and let’s see what he does?

  • CitizenFlame

    The fix is in. How is it that St.Louis beats Vancouver? Bad nigh from Bobby-Lou. And Washington drops another one to a western conference opponent. It is going to be a tough slog here on out to make up ground, not a lot of teams are losing.

    If Glencross continues playing like this up to the deadline, he might be Calgary’s most movable player, and probably their best rate of return. However, if they’re serious about the playoffs I don’t know how you could move him. He is like Calgary’s answer to Kessler right now (on the wing).

  • Was at the game tonight, great to see them pound the Avs. Watching Budaj get pulled for Anderson, then Anderson get pulled, then Budaj getting pulled, was priceless.

    On a side note, that knee-on-knee was a dirty dirty hit, coming after they were down 5-0. It seemed like a pretty obvious intent to injure a player performing well. Just surprised it wasn’t Koci who was guilty.

  • MKULLAR

    Vintage Flame :Hmmm.. part of me really hopes you are right. Most of me thinks that it might be different motivation. some seem to think that the flames lacked this motivation and work ethic because they did not like Darryl. then once he was gone the team picked themselves up and played to their full if not passed their full potential.

    In the end no one is really going to know for sure, unless you’re pretty tight with one of the players or staff of some kind.

    What I might ask you Mandeep is does it really matter now. If you “weren’t his biggest fan”, then what matters more to you now, the success of the Flames, or the defense of Darryl’s honour? Not criticizing or denying you your soap box, but I just wonder. I really think the whole Darryl thing is done now, and like the team, it’s time for the fans to move on. Feaster is here now, and let’s see what he does?

    Im not defending Darryl nor do i care to but i do agree with we shall see what feaster does im excited!!! but this is all D-Sutters work but i hope they keep it up and im sure sutter is laughing whereever he is…. but im all for feaster to get my flames GOING AND KEEP THEM ROLLING

  • everton fc

    Morrison clearly hinted his allegiance to Darryl. And he’s one of the leaders in the dressing room. Guys like Jackman, Gio, Tanguay, and Regehr may feel the same…

    It is an interesting side-story, methinks. And that White trade for Babchuk and Kostopoulos was a decent swan song for Darryl.

    (Read that Kotalik may indeed go home this summer. More $ to re-sign Glencross, which I think is Feaster’s first challenge. I’d re-sign Babchuk, as well)

  • Unless Darryl Sutter leaving can cause the Flames to start improving their SV% and SH% by a drastic degree (whether because they loved or hated him), it’s a moot point. The quick answer is – that’s not possibly because nothing controls the percentages in the NHL more than variance.

    The run and Sutter ouster are coincidence. The Flames were never 14th in the west bad and we’re seeing a sudden snap back to the mean here.

    • icedawg_42

      That last sentence says it all! Still out performing what I thought this roster was..aka ~.500. If I end up wrong about that at the end of the season I’ll be happy for it.

      Meh – Darryl’s gone, Im happy for that too. Let’s move on. Dupuis hit was dirty, hope there’s more discipline, but I doubt it. The playoff picture is still muddy, but hey, it’s fun to cheer when your team slaughters their opponent.

  • Jarom

    Agreed Kent. As bad as things were, the team was never a second to last team as far as the talent goes. It’s nice to see our veteran group showing the resiliance we expect from older players. It’s nice to open a can on a div rival in their house. The Av’s had never allowed 9 goals against at home before last night.

    The hit on Jokinen was an obvious intent to injure hit. There needs to be a significant suspension. Especially considering they were already down 5-0

  • everton fc

    I agree that the run and Sutter’s departure are, indeed, coincidence. And that it really doesn’t matter, as long as we win.

    If guys are “just giving” because they liked Darryl… to me, this is a good thing.

    Whatever the case may be, I think we are finding ways to win. This is a great sign. I expect us in the 7th or 8th spot, come playoff time. Perhaps higher, if teams above and around us, falter.