Postgame: Touchdown!

It was a score the Baltimore Ravens would be proud of.  A 7-6 hockey win over the Carolina Hurricanes for the Calgary Flames on Tuesday is a little bit of a different story, but it did accomplish one thing: getting the team two points.  Calgary now has points in five of their last six games and wins in four of those as they inch back to with a game of the .500 mark.

What Happened

A smothering start for the Flames had them on the board just over three minutes into the first period, as Jarome Iginla took an Olli Jokinen pass at the left side of the crease for his eighth of the season and an early 1-0 lead.  At the time of the goal, the Flames had outshot Carolina 10-0, but that total started to change through the period, as Calgary got a little too loose allowing four consecutive odd man rushes.  Luckily, the Canes were unable to cash in, keeping the Flames lead until late in the frame.  At 18:51, Lee Stempniak would poke home his seventh thanks to Blake Comeau’s pass from the left side of the crease.

42 seconds into the second period, Brendan Morrison would score his second of the season thanks to a backhand at the left side of the net, giving Calgary a 3-0 lead, which is when this game kinda got wacky.  On a penalty shot, Jiri Tlusty would get Carolina on the board at 5:39 followed by a Tim Brent shot from the slot at 13:16 getting the visitors back within one.  But less than a minute later, a fast break goal from Rene Bourque had the Flames leading 4-2 after two periods of play.

Morrison’s second of the night had Calgary back up by three at 1:22 of the final frame as it took a nice bounce off a stick on the way in.  Then the back and forth game started, with Tuomo Ruutu tipping a Jamie McBain shot at 6:41 for Carolina followed by a roof shot from Mikael Backlund on the powerplay at 10:57.  Eric Staal jammed home a giveaway behind the net at 13:42 before the game was finally sealed by Iginla into an empty net at 18:51.  Or was it?  Chad LaRose and Staal would score twice in the final minute, getting the Canes back within one, but alas they had less than five seconds to go and fell 7-6 to the Flames.

One Good Reason…

…why the Flames won?  Because Carolina is kinda bad.  The Flames took full advantage, like they were supposed to, of a fire drill Hurricanes team.  Cam Ward wasn’t very good and neither was his replacement Mike Murphy, and Calgary scored enough to win.  Yeah, sure, they eased way up on the throttle and allowed a bad hockey team to keep creeping close, but this was never really in doubt in my mind, regardless of the football score.

Red Warrior

Hey, we’ll go Morrison, just because he lead the team with four points on the night.  It’s kind of, well, interesting to see a regular healthy scratch jump right up onto the top line in his first game back, but that’s exactly what Morrison did on his way to four points.  His line with Iginla and Jokinen combined for ten points, and so yeah, that’s why we’ll go with Mo.

Sum It Up

Well, it’s a good thing hockey isn’t a sport that relies on judging, as I don’t think Calgary’s artistic merit would be very high on this night.  That said, they’re 4-1-1 in their last six games which is their best run of the season.  Colorado and Edmonton have next no success against the Flames, so it would be pretty disappointing to not see Calgary 6-1-1 in their last eight heading out onto a four game road trip.

  • Not a good sign to see the Flames continually let a basement-dwelling team come back, especially with 2+3 goal leads like that. It’s a win nonetheless.

    Any idea on why Stefan Meyer is being loaned out to a team in Sweden? Is he unhappy with his situation here in NA?

    • yomamen11

      likely to do with the veteran rules in the AHL. basically, only 5 vets (260+ pro games played) are allowed to dress per night. the heat had 9 of those guys.

      stein, I think you mean it was a score the bucs could be proud of.

      because they’re not very good.

      that’s the joke.

  • I know a win is a win and we’ll always take the 2 points, but I wasn’t overly impressed with the defensive effort and while it’s nice to see the 7 goals, too many times I thought guys were getting away from the gameplan and trying to do things on their own. I don’t know how many times I saw guys hang on and hang on to the puck in Carolina’s end while they tried to do..well, I’m not sure.

    However, despite all that I can say it was an entertaining game. I just wanted to see the Flames finish them off while they were down. If it was most other teams, the Flames would have been looking at a loss.

  • CitizenFlame

    I wouldn’t put too much stock into letting Carolina back into this game. Carolina wouldn’t die, but they weren’t ever really threatening either near the end. The most important thing is that their anemic offence put up a touch down, with most of the big guns getting on the score sheet. Hopefully that builds some more confidence moving forward.

  • CitizenFlame

    While i was kinda hoping for a Canes win (Wanted Muller to get his first and friend of the staals) I’m glad the Flames won the way they won. Away from the boring Sutter hockey. See what happens when you dont play that way? Iggy scores 2, the team seems to enjoy the game more. Sure they let 2 in late to come close but this is the kind of hockey Flames fans are looking for. One more reason why Sutter should be thanked and shown the door.

  • Apparently Mike Murphy is the first goalie to ever record a loss before having a goal scored against him. According to TSN, he was only in net for 2 shots and saved them both but because he was the goalie who got pulled for the extra man, he was registered as the game’s goalie when Iggy scored the empty netter which eventually became the winning goal due to the final 2 goals that the ‘canes scored. As a result, that’s the record that Mike Murphy gets to be known for. Neat.

    Anyway, I missed the game due to work but was watching the score updates on my computer. I couldn’t figure out what the hell was happening. Seemed like an odd one, but a win’s a win I guess…

  • Bob Cobb

    Well Pat get ready to be disappointed, the Flames got lit up by a Carolina team that can barely score. The Flames are still a bad team, I mean who loses to Columbus twice within 2 weeks.

  • BrianSheva

    A bad team beat a worse team last night. If the Flames tried to run that type of game plan against, oh i don’t know, any other team that can play defence and a goalie who can stop the puck – we would be toast.

  • Franko J

    @ canUdigitSucka

    Hey Robert is celebrating the Oke State win and probably lobbying the NCAA to get Oke State into the Championship game. I thought I might have heard him on the Jim Rome show the other day (Joking).

    The positive – A win is a win. Nonetheless, Flames were lucky that the Hurricanes didn’t capitalized on the 4 two on ones they missed in the first period.
    At least the Flames beat a team for the first time this season who was below them in the standings.