Post Game: Flames Coast To Victory Over Hapless Oilers

 

 

After an exceedingly long day mired by the pomp and circumstance surrounding the NHL’s silly season, the Trade Deadline Day, you could understand if the Flames took their eye off the prize for a night and faltered against their bitter rivals for the second time in 3 nights.

And that’s pretty much exactly what happened, but I’m here to tell you that it didn’t break my spirit.

Because I wouldn’t let it.

No, I went into shock, and man, did some great things happen inside my head. Let’s revisit that, okay?

The Rundown

Your Calgary Flames got off to a scintillating start in this one, as Flames superstar and #1 Center Matt Stajan, unmarked due to hilarious Edmonton defending, snuck into the slot and cashed a Dennis Wideman centering pass into the yawning Edmonton cage for a 1-0 lead. The sold out Saddledome went haywire, and the three Oilers fans in the building really felt the atmosphere ripping them a new one. For Stajan, who has really rejuvenated his career with the Flames in this full 82 game season, because in my head all the owners are reasonable people and we had a smooth and amicable CBA negotiation process, would not end his dominance in this game only 2 and a half minutes into it – that’s the enforcer’s role.

Nay, Matthew Q. Franchisington would pop another puck past quasi goalie Devan Dubnyk less than 3 minutes later, putting the Flames up by a deuce.

Alan Alda, season ticket holder and my best friend, was sitting next to me drinking a Heroin Beer, when he turned to me with a glimmer of prophecy in those irreverent eyes and said "Stajan looks good tonight, Loober, I think he has one of those special nights in which we all remember where we were when we fondly recall the exploits of such a phenomenal athlete"

"You’re correct, Hawkeye," I replied, astutely. "In my essence, I can feel it in my essence."

There was an air of impending success on this night, and it started earlier when the Flames in no way held a vacuous press conference in which a sad sack General Manager and delusional ownership group rambled on about a playoff spot next season without mentioning anything in the way of a plan.

And the feeling permeated throughout the Flames dressing room before the game, because the boys in red would strike again before the stanza ended.

Simon Depres, one of the crucial return pieces in the Jarome Iginla to the Penguins trade, feathered a cross zone pass right onto the stick of Matt Stajan, who tapped it in for the natural hat trick.

The elation that followed was electric, but not new to a franchise that never once had Anders Eriksson sign a contract to play for them.

Roman Horak’s natural hat trick and Brian McGrattan hitting for the cycle were also some highly notable events that occurred between the second and third periods.

On the flipside, the Oilers, still clinging desperately to those Todd McFarlane created Cog jerseys, struggled to establish a forecheck and just could not maintain possession, suffered through another tough night as they slip down back into the 13th spot in the Western Conference.

Three Pocket Dogs and a live performance by Stompin’ Tom Connors later, the dust settled, and the Flames had so soundly beaten the Oilers that even Ryane Clowe was wondering how Edmonton was going to score.

The Red Menace

I’m going to give this one to Ryan O’Reilly. What a pickup he’s been for the Flames since the team very successfully signed ROR to an offer sheet with absolutely no consequences or backlash. 

O’Reilly played 18 minutes tonight, scoring 5 assists and was absolute beast mode on the penalty kill. Not that he needed to be, as Miikka Kiprusoff continued the trend of unreal goaltending he gave to the team last season. The Brodie twins blocking all the shots in their path didn’t hurt either.

In Summary, Friends

The things that go on in my head are a lot cooler than what happens in real life. Did anyone watch the balance of this game without having something to bite down on?

There’s a lot to say. Murray Edwards, who insisted the Flames next season are a playoff team, had better have watched this abomination of a game, hopefully it offers up a fresh perspective. This team needs a plan if it intends on rediscovering any kind of postseason glory. Presumably they have one?

I would not be surprised if the Flames have forced Miikka Kiprusoff into an early early retirment, as the team gave up 8 goals tonight and left Miikka parked on the bench for all of them. I felt like they were sending him a clear message about their thoughts on his refusal to accept a trade to the Leafs, and if his end goal is to retire at the end of the year, perhaps the Flames are expediating the process.

Anyway, that sucked. I’m depressed. I’m going back into my own head.

The Raw Data

 

# Player EV     PP     SH    
5 GIORDANO, MARK 16:00 2 5 01:41 0 1 05:28 1 6
6 SARICH, CORY 20:09 6 6 00:00 0 0 01:36 0 0
7 BRODIE, TJ 22:00 9 8 00:19 0 0 00:00 0 0
10 CERVENKA, ROMAN 12:54 4 8 01:04 0 1 00:06 0 0
11 BACKLUND, MIKAEL 13:57 4 9 00:00 0 0 00:00 0 0
13 CAMMALLERI, MIKE 14:45 2 7 00:56 0 0 00:53 0 0
15 JACKMAN, TIM 09:55 6 1 00:07 0 0 00:00 0 0
16 MCGRATTAN, BRIAN 12:19 6 2 00:07 0 0 00:00 0 0
18 STAJAN, MATT 13:11 4 4 00:00 0 0 04:02 1 5
20 GLENCROSS, CURTIS 10:49 5 6 00:56 0 0 02:03 0 1
22 STEMPNIAK, LEE 11:37 4 4 00:57 0 1 04:02 1 5
24 HUDLER, JIRI 14:12 2 7 00:57 0 1 00:06 0 0
25 BEGIN, STEVE 09:35 4 2 00:00 0 0 00:22 0 0
26 WIDEMAN, DENNIS 18:54 3 8 01:41 0 1 05:28 1 6
33 BABCHUK, ANTON 12:21 5 7 00:19 0 0 00:00 0 0
35 MACDONALD, JOEY   14 21   0 1   1 6
40 TANGUAY, ALEX 15:17 0 7 00:56 0 0 01:59 0 1
44 BUTLER, CHRIS 12:28 3 8 00:00 0 0 01:36 0 0
51 HORAK, ROMAN 14:17 1 6 00:00 0 0 00:35 0 0

 

Read ’em and weep.

  • I can only hope and pray that the terrible product on the ice finally drives away “fans”. Then, diehard fans like myself, can vulture the season tickets on the cheap and show up hammered most nights to yell whatever we want. And that this team ends most games in a brawl.

    Bring back Boughner, Lowry, Oliwa, and Roman Turek. Hell, call up Chris Simon. Turn this team into the WWF sh*tfest it really is.

    At least those players/teams had grit and heart (and, now that I look it up, an Iginla that scored 52 goals!).

    • schevvy

      God, the 01-02 Flames. What a team. Classic names like Dean McAmmond, Tony Lydman, Rob Niedermayer and a young Marc Savard. Wow. Also, Craig Conroy’s had 75 (!!) points that year.

      Young guns.

  • beloch

    You know the team has hit rock-bottom when they don’t show up for two games in a row against the *Oilers*! At least, I hope this is rock-bottom.

    Feaster cut some pretty big pieces out of the team without putting anything back into the current lineup and this summers draftees are unlikely to do much next season. If the cap-space Feaster has so dearly paid for doesn’t bring some serious return back in the summer, next season is going to be a gong-show.

  • Reidja

    Cant believe I missed this game… Only had time to read your article and all I can say is I could really see the Flames making a late season push! The comment by Edwards is 100% accurate, think of all the talent we can get with these draft picks! Savard still has a couple years left on his contract so that should be a no brainer for one of our 1st’s, after that I think we can all agree 3rd times the charm for Olli as he comes storming back via trade for a 1st round pick. Iginla resigns after his cup win with PIT and Kipper has a bounce back season and wins the Vezna! Is everyone as excited about next year as I am?!?!?!?!