Postgame: Sup, Dawg



Unlike the past few games where the Flames were totally outplayed and outshot, tonight offered a welcome respite with the Flames coming up with a 4-2 win in which they dominated 35 minutes of the game. While that may not sound like much, it’s definitely an improvement. That, coupled with Minnesota missing out on a gimmie point and Colorado being shut out ensured a pretty good night for Flames fans. 

What Happened

The first period was a tale of one team-the Coyotes were thoroughly outplayed by the Flames, surging after their disappointing 4-game home stand. Mike Cammalleri opened the scoring 14:09 into the period off of a beauty tic-tac-toe feed from Alex Tanguay. Less then two minutes later, the Flames potted their second shorty of the season, with Curtis Glencross slipping a nice wrister (his 20th of the season) from the dot behind previously high-flying Mike Smith. Calgary would add one more before the end of the period, continuing their strong shorthanded play (4 kills on 4 penalties taken in the period) when Olli Jokinen deked his way around Smith for his 20th of the season. The Flames led the shot count 11-7 and the chance count 6-1.

As tilted as the ice was in the first, it was tilted even more in the second. Just 1:27 into the second, the Coyotes capitalized on a bunch of net front traffic and the despised Raffi Torres tipped in a shot from the high slot for a power play goal. Fearing another collapse was imminent, Flames fans would once again tense when Michal Rozsival scored his first goal of the season 2 minutes later. The Flames-or, rather, Kiprusoff-would clamp down from there, killing off the remaining 2 penalties in the second but were also incapable of capitalizing on their two power play chances. The Flames finished the period down in both shots (6-15) and chances (1-8).

The third was much more like the first for the Flames, with some back and forth action early, but the game settled down around the 15:00 mark. Miikka Kiprusoff turned away a couple of ten-bell chances late in the game, and a PPG from Jarome Iginla sealed the affair. The Flames ended up getting 15 shots in the period to tie the overall shot count 31-31, and won the chance battle in both the period and the game, with counts of 6-3 and 13-12 respectively.

One Good Reason…

…The Flames won? A very strong first period. Sure, Phoenix wasn’t exactly terrifying in the first (that may be putting it mildly) but the Flames generated their chances and capitalized on them. Sutter’s new lines did their jobs and produced.

Red Warrior

Gotta go with The Mosster here. While he didn’t register a point in his first game back from a lengthy injury, Moss was +3 in scoring chances (+2 at evens), led the team in Corsi with a +8 and had 5 shots on goal. All in all, a pretty strong return.

Sum It Up

Obviously a pretty good start to a road trip and a three game stretch that will in all likelihood determine the team’s fate this season. The game tomorrow in Anaheim is probably the “least important” of the three, and that’s why Leland Irving’s getting the start. The second period collapses are still quite a concern, but for now the Flames should probably just be happy with the win.

  • Good game, thought Calgary played a fairly solid game. Kipper was great, and the Flames’ first period was a lot of fun to watch. So…….Irving gets the start tomorrow???? Hmmmmmm, that will be a very interesting game.

  • beloch

    I don’t know what it is with the Flames and 2nd periods this year but… Wow. They almost need to get a 2 or 3 goal lead in the first just so they can still be in the game by the open of the third!

    Moss looked good for his first game back. The whole OMG line looked great in fact. The JAM line didn’t look quite as good. The Cammalleri-pivot experiment might not last much longer, especially if a center gets healthy. If the OMG line can keep it up they have a little time to sort that out fortunately.

    Stajan looked like he might not have completely given up on his career yet. His SH% this season has been beyond belief and I hope lady luck gives him a hot streak down the stretch to make up for it.

  • Franko J

    It was nice to see the team actually involved, engaged, and playing a solid two out of three periods. The Flames played with some edge to their game.
    Let see if they can now break the Anaheim jinx.

  • Franko J

    Sooooooooooooo nice to see the Flames win one. I was very impressed by the top line tonight. Also GlenX looks like he’s fully back and I’m glad that Moss is playing decent and not wandering around like a fool.

  • MC Hockey

    Nice win with more consistency…and thought even Stajan played very well plus Moss, Iggy at times(still saw some coasting)…and most of the team! I bet Justin has been waiting SOOOO long to use the Sup Dog headline….admit it!

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Man if we can feed the OMG line to Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan – we might just have a chance tonight.

    Also – what happens when Backlund returns? Is Cammi the answer as top line center? Does Cammi go down with Olli/Glenny? It could still be OMG with Mike on the line!

    I think Cammi could be the answer if Sutter focused on giving that line the easier matchups. Shelter the hell out of em to the greatest extent possible. It plays to their strengths.

    • PrairieStew

      Yes – send OMG out against the big boys. Yes yes yes shelter the JAM (or AMJ if you prefer left to right) as much as possible.

      Backlund on the 3rd line with Comeau and hopefully Stempniak when he gets back, till then Tommy the Greek. Jones if he returns before or with Stempy.