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Canucks 4, Flames 3 (SO) post game embers: Should’ve been put away earlier

The Flames were the better team throughout the majority of the game, but a powerplay that couldn’t score and otherworldly goaltending from the opponent meant that they got fewer points than they deserved. It sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Feel of the game

The Flames came out slow to start, which has been their nasty habit of this season. The Canucks took an early lead just 44 seconds in with some fine passing. The team didn’t look like they knew what time the game started. Not really anything new.

As is usual, they woke up about 10 minutes into the game. The first line did what they do best, but the Canucks answered back. The Flames managed to escape the period tied, but seemed to have momentum heading into the next period.

Things really started to take off in the second. The Flames had the first 13 shots of the period and frustrated the Canucks at every opportunity. They battled to keep the puck in, broke up exit attempts, and generally did not allow the Canucks to get much further than the blue line.

But Jacob Markstrom came to play. No matter what the Flames threw at him, Markstrom saved damn near everything. They tried everything they could to put one past him, but the only guy on the Flames without a single NHL goal to his name managed to solve him on a pretty wicked shot. The team showed off why they’re one of the best goalscoring outfits in the league, but simply didn’t get the results they usually do when they play like this. They had plenty of chances to end it, but couldn’t.

The good news

I think I have to give a stick tap to the fourth line tonight. They didn’t play much, which is expected in close games like this, but they gave the team their only lead with a pretty tough shift, absolutely refusing to let the Canucks get the puck out of their zone. Extra kudos to Garnet Hathaway for forcing a turnover without a stick. The fourth line is certainly the Flames’ weakest offensive options, but they have done a great job in the past few games generating chances. Derek Ryan in particular has looked more confident and creative in the offensive zone. The Flames (usually) aren’t hurting for scoring, but to know that the fourth line can step up in close games is relieving. Andrew Mangiapane scored his first goal of his career, and it’s well deserved. His stints in the NHL have been somewhere between “amazing” and “invisible,” but have mostly leaned to the former in recent weeks. It’s nice to see him finally get rewarded for all the effort.

The penalty kill was excellent, as always. The team did a disservice to themselves by taking five penalties but they did well in making sure none of them came back to bite them. The Flames did a great job neutralizing the Canucks’ most dangerous weapons, especially during a tense 4v3 kill at the end of OT. Travis Hamonic, who is either unaware of or unfazed by the number of injuries he’s suffered this year due to pucks hitting him, put it all on the line to block shots.

Even in a loss like this, it’s great to see the team never folding. This was a frustrating one, and, even though it’s been said a million times, the 2017-18 version of this team would’ve probably been demoralized and eventually found a way to lose 6-3. This felt like a 2017-18 game in many respects, but it certainly didn’t look that way on the ice. The second period was pretty much perfect except for the fact that they emerged from it still tied. The Canucks just didn’t have any answers for the Flames besides the one named Jacob Markstrom.

The bad news

The powerplay was, once again, ineffective despite many opportunities against an opponent that was giving them a lot to work with. Part of that wasn’t their fault. They were generating chances (nine shots in five opportunities) and there’s not much you can do about a goalie that’s completely on his game, but they have to bury some of those shots. Going 0/5 on the powerplay is just sad, especially with a double minor, and it really kept the game closer than it should’ve been. This is the ninth – was the eighth – best powerplay in the league. It certainly hasn’t looked that way the past two games.

They were not great in the defensive zone, and even that feels like an understatement. The Flames gave the Canucks more grief than they could handle, but when they allow their opponent to do the same to them, it kind of undermines the good they’re doing in the offensive zone. The disparity between final shots was 45-27, but scoring chances were a closer 51-36, and in terms of high danger chances allowed, the margin is a closer 19-12. The Flames allowed the Canucks to take better chances than they deserved. You can’t fault the Canucks for being opportunistic, but you can certainly be disappointed with the Flames for giving them those opportunities.

Which is super weird given how good they are shorthanded. The Flames limited a Canucks powerplay loaded with dangerous weapons to just five shots in five powerplays. It’s baffling that this team can absolutely shut down (and sometimes even score against) their opponents when they’re outnumbered, but they look lost when they have to do the same thing at 5v5. This is a team that has made their name off of being able to routinely outscore their opponents, and you feel that they sometimes play like they can always do that. When they run into a hot goalie (ex. versus San Jose), they don’t have any answers.

David Rittich was not at his finest. The Josh Leivo goal was pretty weak, and so was the Brock Boeser goal. The defensive zone mismanagement certainly plays into this – they probably could’ve challenged Leivo a bit more, and certainly could’ve remembered that Boeser also exists – but those are shots that Rittich has saved all year. He certainly made his characteristic great stops, but the goals against were just weak. He’s proven time and time again that he deserves the net more often than Smith, but performances like his last two games give you goalie anxiety all over again.

And the Flames need to figure that out. This is probably the worst stretch of hockey we’ve seen from Rittich, which is silly considering it’s two bad games. But just as the team doesn’t seem to have an answer for a good goalie, they also don’t seem to have one when their own perform below expectations. I think it’s a safe bet to think that the real Rittich re-emerges sometime soon. But do the Flames have a plan in case he doesn’t?

I don’t really care about the shootout, but James Neal? Really?

Numbers of note

59.34% – The Flames’ final 5v5 corsi. That includes a weak 41.18% in the first period, followed by a dominant 76.47% second period and a tamer 60.87% in the third.

74.29% – TJ Brodie’s 5v5 CF%. He was a low-key monster in the 26:22 he logged on the ice.

0.880 – Rittich’s save percentage. It’s his sixth worst start of the season.

5 – Shots by Mangiapane, good for third on the team (Johnny Gaudreau had seven, Sam Bennett six, and Matthew Tkachuk also had five), but he managed to accomplish that with only 7:45 in ice time, the least on the team. I can understand why Bill Peters doesn’t ice his fourth line in close games, and also why he may not bump up a rookie playing his 27th total NHL game, but he was feeling it and probably should’ve seen the ice a bit more. He’s been all about the offence dating back to his junior hockey days. Maybe it’s time to unleash it.

– Shots by the Canucks’ Boeser. The next closest on the Canucks was five players with two shots each. The Flames had five players with three shots apiece. It’s amazing how one sided this game was.

4 – Number of teeth lost by James Neal.

Final thoughts

The Flames have finally lost two games in a row, their first time since December (though they still haven’t lost two games in a row in regulation since November). They’re only up one point on the Sharks now, a team that has really started rolling as of late.

Albeit the Flames have a game in hand on their Californian rival, but they have to make good use of it. It’s certainly not getting easier, as next up is the only team better than the Flames, the Tampa Bay Lightning. The room for error is shrinking. Whatever the Flames have been since the All-Star/CBA mandated break is certainly not reflective of the team they’ve been all season. They need to snap out of it soon.

  • The GREAT WW

    Which of our 4 young D would you trade if you had to trade one?

    I’m staring to think Hanifin, I have not seen enough of Vali but Hanifin seems like the weak link out of the 4…


    • BlueMoonNigel

      Been saying Hanifin for most of the year. He is terribly weak defensively and I don’t attribute this to his youth. Offensively he is fine, but unless the Flames re-position him as a forward, his defensive weakness will cost the team more than they benefit. His contract is favourable to trade as is his age and “potential.” He should bring back more n a trade than any other of the team’s defenders.

      Brodie could also be dealt and missed by no one except Gio, but Brodie doesn’t get you anywhere near what Hanifin should. If the Flames want a stud top 6 forward, a deal with Brodie as the centrepiece isn’t going to do it. A Hanifin-led deal should.

      • Justthateasy

        Agree on Brodie. He should be trade bait. He had a chance to crush Petterssen who’s about half his as he was flying by on the boards with the puck.
        Why is it Gio seems to be the only guy dishing it out.?

    • Skylardog

      Kylington played just 8:57 last night, has been sat in favour of Prout, has played less than Prout when they have played in the same game, saw limited icetime in a game where Hamonic was out despite there being only 5 defensemen, and played just 10:08 per game in the last 3 while even Prout played 13:39. Prout got those minutes against a tougher opponent, in a situation while we were down against San Jose, while Kylington got his low icetime against a much weaker Vancouver team in a game where the Flames were “in it.”

      It really doesn’t matter what any of us think. Kylington doesn’t have the full trust of Peters, and that alone tells you who is expendible.

      Ky is young, mobile, and on a very favourable contract for next year. This is a great prospect for team to pick up and improve their team in the long run. But for Calgary, with one of the top defense cores in the league, he is more than expendible; not only will he never be ahead of Vali, Hani, or Gio, he has not gained the full trust of Peters. That is not likely to change in the future any time soon.

      • Luter 1

        I’m not sure we have one of one of the top-defensive cores. Led by Gio who is a machine, Brodie-5th defenceman on most teams, Hanifin-soft as they come and known for giveaways, Hamonic- solid but unspectacular. Raz is coming along but not guaranteed a top 4, Kylington- Great skater, good shot – bright future. Would not get rid of him – easy replacement for overrated Brodie. Other than Gio the odd time none of these guys hit or have a mean streak. That’s why Kane loves playing against us, sets up shop and no one bothers him as he bangs them in from 3 feet.

        • Kzak

          I personally think Ando (Raz) is a guaranteed top-4 as early as next year. He’s confident with the puck, he rarely makes bonehead plays, he has a really good shot from the point, and he can skate. Not suggesting we should, but if we traded Brodie, I think Ando would slot it nicely beside Gio to not only be our number #1 pairing, but for him to mentor under Gio. He’s only 22 years old and I think he has a lot more to give.

          • Sir ryosus

            I like Raz I hope he goes all in on skating this summer just a little quicker and he could do top 4.
            Off topic.
            Really question hanifin decision making under pressure sometimes…. Don’t know how to work on that in off-season

      • BlueMoonNigel

        True that Ky is definitely not one of Peters’ pets. But Ky’s trade value is limited because of his small sample size in the NHL, so to trade him by thee TDL or the during the offseason would be selling short. I could see Ky being traded as part of package that would include a veteran, a draft pick or prospects, but such a deal would mask his true value. Having seen him play for a good chunk of the season, Flame fans know that Ky has a huge upside but I doubt that his worth to the Flames and his value on the trade market are anywhere near equal.

      • Albertabeef

        His time gets cut by situations on the ice. If he does not get any special teams time and the flames spend a lot of time up or down a man. BP also does not like to put a player out on the ice “cold” if they have been sitting on the bench for half a period. It’s just the way it is.

      • The Red Knight

        Kylington has a bright future, he is gonna be a good player , why would we trade our future? Keep all the prospects…. Brodie would be the guy to trade : and Frolik,

    • Retire#14

      I move Brodie. Brodie has the Gio bump which is helping hide his flaws because people just look at his stats. He is also on a team friendly contract. He is a left shooting player playing g the right side. Moving Brodie allows Andersson to move up to partner with Giordano. Brodie also should bring the most return.

  • snotss

    bsd is the real worry..you can crap all over neal and his play this year but the season rests on bsd game and last night and the game before bsd is showing some huge cracks in his game of late…two poor goals last night combined with the canucks goalie out playing bsd…..can bsd get his crap together and lead this team going forward?????..p.s don’t let games go to a shootout…bsd struggles in shootouts but same goes for the shooters on this team???

  • The Sultan

    Stip throwing out the narrative that the Flames dominated play and Markstrom was fantastic. They didn’t and he was just okay. There’s something called score effects – the reason the Flames shot count is so high is because they were trailing for most of the game. They don’t look dangerous on the powerplay, or in breakaways, and even the shootout was all Vancouver. Petterson and Boeser are dangerous every shift and every single time they had the puck. Why the Flames lost this game? Because they don’t know how to start a game. As soon as Vancouver scored with less than a minute gone you knew the Flames were in trouble. When they couldn’t score on a 4 minute power play you knew the game was over. And last game against San Jose? Absolute garbage and they lost the entire thing in a minute and a half and spent the rest of the time playing catchup.

    Major changes need to happen or this team is looking at an easy first round exit.

    • Skylardog

      Score effects in a tied game? I checked. Out of the 65 minutes played, it was tied for 57:36.

      The Flames made the Nucks look stupid in the second. Even the fans in Van were booing the effort. Talk about pushing play.

    • The Iggy complex

      They were tied after the first and still dominated the second even though they were not trailing. They put chanced them 35-22 and beat them in high danger chances 13-9. It was all markstrom. Boeser goal was not dangerous and rittich should of had it. I know though two losses in a row that means they suck on playoffs. Washington lost 2 in a row 9 times last year and 3 in a row 3 times. Yet they still won the cup

      • Cfan in Van

        Iggy is correct. I was at the game, and also rewatched it this morning for the benefit of replay and rewind. After the first period, it was as close to domination as you’re going to find in this league. They definitely can and should start stronger though, that’s about all I can agree with on Sultan’s post.

  • Luter 1

    I thought Neal was supposedly a pure scorer, now that we put that to rest, what else does he bring to the table…….nothing! Bennett, Jank and anybody else would be a huge improvement (Quine) over this lumbering, non-hitting overpriced….

      • Speed Kills

        Last night my son and I went down to the glass to watch the pregame skate, Neal came over knelt down and put his face right near my son’s face, even tried to make eye contact and be a bit goofy to say a hello, It was great to see a player try and take the time to interact with a little fan of the game. Thank you James Neal for the try! Just wanted the folks on FN to know a little small part of what we never see on the TV.
        I really hope Neal starts getting some goals go his way because he does seem to be a genuinely good person.

    • buts

      Totally agree random as I’ve said before how can anyone on FN feel comfortable going into the playoffs with an unproven Rittich and an over the hill Smith. We are in trouble boys and girls as in playoff hockey 1 soft goal is the difference between winning and losing. Brodie, Neal,Smith and frolik make almost what 18-19 million a year and bring nothing that guys making way less can’t do better. It’s time to make some moves to make goaltending better, toughen the blue line and bolster our second line as MT is being dragged down by Frolik.

    • Skylardog

      Keep in mind that Boeser didn’t score 29 in 62 games last season because he was lucky. He pops that type of goal on NHL goalies on a regular basis.

      Pure goal scorers have a disguised release that makes it very difficult to pick up and stop. It is also why others have shot after shot and have difficulty scoring despite all of the “grade A” chances (just thinking of Backlund at this point).

      We have about 2 weeks to figure out whether we are in a funk, or are seeing a concerning slide, especially when it comes to goaltending. Ritter snapped back very well last night after the first goal, and held us in early when the Canucks were dominating for the first 5 or so minutes.

      Even that second goal was a difficult save with sticks, legs, and bodies going all over the place on a darn good shot.

      Yes we want him to get both of those, and maybe he should have. But could we not lose our man on the faceoff please, and remember that there are 4 guys on the ice when we are playing 4v4.

      How do schedulers give you 10 days off, then 4 days between games after only being back for 2?

    • Flaming Duck

      Even top tier goalies average only around 8 strong starts out of 10. Hopefully that is all this is and he works it through his system before April. Heck the whole team needs to work their current malaise out before April, they have not looked great for a while.

      • Flint

        Wrong. Top Tier goalies average about 6,5 quality starts out of 10 games. No goalie in the last ten years that has played more than 20 games has a quality start % of 80. Not even close. The highest last time I looked (about two weeks ago) was still Antti Raanta at 66%.

        David RIttich has a very, very, very high Quality start % something around 62% this year and is top ten in the league by that measure. Last game was bad luck (a 50/50 play and then he gets pulled)

        Just breathe everyone. Goalies gonna let in goals.

  • Skylardog

    I was asked yesterday to post a few of the goalies I see as being good options in the trade market to go after this season. As a recap of the post, I had said there were a number of guys available that could be had, that a first is off the table going the other way. I also said they had to be inked for this year and next, or be signable to a deal for next year or beyond, all for $2.5 per season or less. I had looked very quickly yesterday to see a long list of guys that may qualify, but needed a little research to verify who for certain were capable, under the $2.5M, and playing for a team that would be sellers right now.

    There are few criteria here. First of all, Smith is gone next season, but they would have to be an upgrade this year to Smith. I then only looked at guys that I believe could be available, they also had to be 30 or younger. I looked at backups, although some may have a limited 1B role right now. There are many teams that I have not looked at yet, that are currently in the hunt, but may be sellers at the deadline. This would add to the list as the deadline approaches.

    Kuemper, Arizona, 28, 0.911, $1.85M, UFA+1
    Ullmark, Buff, 25, 0.911, $750k, RFA (Buff is starting to fold and the GM knows it. Their get in prospect is Tampa in round 1, not sure they are interested in that as opposed to improving their team in the long run)
    Jack Campbell, LA, 27, 0.933. $675k, UFA+1 (Hard to get out of LA me thinks, but well worth a try)
    Nilsson, Ott, 28, 0.916, $2.5M, UFA
    Stolarz, Phil, 25, 0.903, $761k, RFA (Phil is where goalies go to die even more than it happens here, but this guy impressed in his game here)
    Binnington, STL, 25, 0.931, 4650k, RFA

    Binnington may not be an option here as StL is in it and Binnington is very good, but StL is a bit of a strange team in how they view the playoffs. They could have gotten in last season, but chose to trade off talent at the deadline because they considered their chances as very poor. They may prove to be in the same boat this season. While unlikely they would part with Binnington, he may be worth taking a big swing at trying to acquire.

    The other guy that we need to look at, would be Tristan Jarry. He has lost favour with Pitt, but is a NHL career 0.906, just 23 years old, and on a $675k deal, RFA+1. I would take a serious look at a hockey deal with Pitt with Gillies and a mid to late round pick going the other way, say Gillies and a 4th or 5th. SF believes in this deal in principle, and believe me, he knows AHL goalies better than any of us. Jarry is a player. This would also solidify the farm for the next couple of years.

    I believed last season that the Flames needed to make a big swing for Nilsson, and was really pissed off when Vancouver got him.

    • freethe flames

      Skylar: If you look at these teams starters are they willing to lose their back ups; willing to actually make a trade. I’m not sure.
      Kuemper is the defacto starter b/c Raanta is injured and as long as they think they are in the picture I don’t see them moving him.
      We might be able to get Nilsson out of Ottawa but I don’t see Ottawa taking on Smith.
      The other teams still think they are in the playoff hunt and are unlikely to move their back ups.

      • Skylardog

        On this list I was willing to keep Smith to the end of the season. I was saying the price would be Czar or Mangi + a 3rd + a prospect if necessary. I only have Smith leaving on the Howard trade I proposed (and still like).

        This is not a bad scenario. We have no 3rd goalie at the moment that is ready. If we had an injury, these trades would allow us to have a 3rd goalie available.

        Every one is moveable if the price is right, and the conditions favorable. None of these teams have a chance at a cup, except for maybe a 100 to 1 longshot in StL.

        • freethe flames

          I agree that wee don’t have a third goalie and I think we need one. You and I may agree that these teams are out of it but do they? As long as they think they are in it and or that the guy you mentioned is their best back up I’m not sure we get any of them. My thoughts go the idea of getting a guy for the Heat and bringing him up as a black ace. Gilles won a game last night and Parsons did not dress for either game; I wonder what the deal is?

        • Speed Kills

          Something that has been on my mind since I read an article on the subject… Jake Allen seems to be done in STL (and with good reason) He has been pretty bad since the Elliot trade to us. and still has a $4,350,000 cap hit for 2 years after this. So taking a huge chance that Allen can go back to being lights out as a No question #2 BU, and if the Blues are desperate enough to pay 1/2 his salary instead of buying him out? Get STL to throw in a high pick or say (yes I like to dream) Jordan Kyrou, (who could have been the Flames in the first place (Thanks for nothing Elliot),) Then I believe if the price is right say: Jake Allen +1/2 salary retained, Jordan Kyrou, Chris Thorburn(because toughness) for Jon Gillies, Austin Czarnik… Then I say Do It~! Having a proven BU for 2 years @2,175.000 who folded under pressure as a #1 could be genius or could be just bad? any thoughts?

        • cberg

          Thanks Skylar for the work. Of the suggested Bennington appears the best, but he is also playing on the best, most defensively responsible team so I’m sure his numbers are inflated. Aside from him, just randomly looking at numbers is pretty much meaningless. Just look at Gillies who supposedly has gone from very good to a dog in the past season…. it isn’t so, and if it is why can’t it just as easily reverse again? There is no way in any universe I would give up 3 pieces for any of these guys.

          Also, if your criteria is to replace Smith, this year, none of these young guys are even remotely acceptable…. Smith for Howard, yeah I’d consider but not giving up the farm for the priviledge.

  • MDG1600

    For those not paying attention David Rittich has a .905 sv% since Christmas. That is a back up goalies stats and not that of a starter who is going to take a team deep in the playoffs.

    • Trevy

      I agree, I think Rittich is a great back up capable of handling 25-30 games, but I truly question whether he is a number one goalie. I don’t think it’s wise to take that chance to find out come the playoffs. Unfortunately, no one is going to send us a number one at the trade deadline for cheap, so we either take a chance on another backup, like the ones Sky mentioned, or we roll the dice on someone like Quick and hope he regains his dominance. Either way, Markstrom and Jones proved what having a true number can do for a team

    • The Iggy complex

      For those not paying attention. Holtby had a .907 sv% total all last season. And a 2.99 has. They won the cup. He had a .906 this season. So I guess they won the cup with only a back up goalie.

        • The Iggy complex

          That’s not what your comment is though. Your saying that his .909 SV percentage makes him a back up. That would also mean that Holtbys save percentage makes him a back up. I think the bigger stat is wins. They call him big save Dave for a reason. Sure he has had a few weaker games lately but no goalie is perfect all year. Still near the top for quality Start percentage

          • MDG1600

            I’m not cheering against Rittich – I really hope he rises to the occasion. He is however a long way from being a proven starter and he is trending the wrong direction. That makes me nervous. And to my point about .905 sv% not being starter quality Holtby with a vezina on his resume lost his starting job to Grubauer for the start of the playoffs after sporting a .907 last year. Fortunately for Washington Holtby returned to form after Grubauer faltered.

  • BendingCorners

    February’s schedule is a tough one. Flames need to play better defensively, but three of their D (two rookies plus Hanifin) are prone to miscues. Rittich will need to recover his form.
    I was at the Vancouver game (club seats, gift from my son) and it was a fun game to watch, but Rittich was weak (early at least) and the PP1 unit looked like it was going for a family skate.
    Defense wins championships, so I’m looking for more intensity and better D-zone coverage and gap control the rest of the way.

  • Gus Fring

    @stu gotz hang on a sec you might be on to something! I would trade Neal for Bobby Ryan if Ottawa retained 1mil. Ryan has more to his game than Neal. He can be a playmaker and he can finish, he can also carry the play. Neal is just a pure shooter and we have no true set up man to play with him. Ryan is also 6’2 over 200 and he shoots right! Ryan’s contract is also done in 2 more years as we have 4 more years of Neal. Ryan is also the better skater! For the extra 500k it would cost if Ottawa retained a million I would do it!

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    For the Flames to be be considered a real contender they need to show that they can win a game 1-0 and I just don’t see that happening right now. We give up too many grade A chances. TB, Nash, NYI have shown they can shut a team down for the entire game.

    The bump back to Johnny is officially not working, the second PP entry of quick passing is much more effective. Johnny has been a give away machine in the last couple of games and Monny missing the net like he did last year at this time shows me he is not 100%.

    Johnny needs to hire a breakaway specialist that can teach him how to find the holes. Even Byron eventually figured it out so have no doubt Johnny can. These breakaways in the playoffs will be a deciding factor of how far we can go. Johnny doesn’t realize that goalies a terrorized when they see him coming in on a breakaway, all they can do is remind themselves to keep the 5 hole closed. It is time to use this to Johnny’s advantage, since a goalie has to protect the bottom of the net so there is plenty of room elsewhere.

  • Vinnsanity0412

    When WAS the last time this team won a shootout? WW I know you said you don’t watch shootouts, but unfortunately the effect they have on the regular season is undeniable. These lost points could be the difference between meeting Vegas in the first round vs. Dallas or Minny. Seems teams are clueing into BSD’s weakness…he seems to freeze with waist high shots glove side. Go back and check, a disturbing number of goals going in for an NHL caliber goalie. Also, gotta say to those that feel Peters is being too hard on BSD, if you can’t handle the pressure of being an NHL goalie, especially the negative, then maybe you not meant to be an NHL #1 goalie. I love BSD and I hope he proves me wrong….

    • Luter 1

      Don’t blame the goalie, if that’s our choice for our three best, we would have been deep in to Stockton players before we would have scored. Let’s be honest, what was Peters thinking…Matty cute little move was figured out last year, Mony has a go to spot and if that’s covered he’s screwed, Johnny has forgotten how to score on a breakaway and Neal being out there is a hilarious. After Lindholm, you have to go to Gio as the only two that can really fire the puck. Lindholm-Gio-Janko

    • Getpucksdeep

      I would much rather have a 10 minute overtime than 5 and a shootout. I agree the shootout is the worst game decider in hockey. I also know 10 minutes is difficult due to not resurfacing the ice, however I’d rather let the teams decide rather than a “skills” event.

  • Skylardog

    A little sad to see us lose twice while Stockton was in town and on the road for a game in Vancouver. Especially given SF’s love for goalies, not their best body of work in those 2 games.

    SF has an absolute love for hockey that is infectious. It is born from watching the guys develop their trade in the AHL, and as a result, he has a special place in his heart for the guys that have toiled and developed down there. It is easy to be a fan when you live in the town and get all the hype in a hockey mad market where the talk is of NHL stars. It is quite another thing, when your devotion is to a game in a hot climate, where the “stars” are guys that may never make it to the big time.

    Make sure next time, likely next season, you come out and enjoy an evening with the Finests when they come up. You will enjoy the night immensely, and get a real grass roots appreciation for the game. It is a very unique perspective (saying that in a good way).

    Travel home safely.

      • Off the wall

        Cheers to that Skylar!
        It’s funny, but every time I’ve been to a Canucks- Flames game the Flames haven’t lost.
        Poor SF and Mrs Finest must be wondering about Canadian Hospitality from our Flames team?

        Technically we did get a point, although a shootout isn’t a great way to settle a tie game. Extending it to 10 minutes 3on 3 would probably eliminate the need for shootouts, which would be fine with me. Perhaps using Neal as our last shooter isn’t the best idea either..

        My phone battery is at 6%, my head is functioning about the same. Lost my glasses case and phone charger.. must have had more fun than I expected!

        Thanks to our resident experts from Stockton and fellow Flames fans for a most enjoyable evening together.

        My hair hurts..

        • Skylardog

          Way to make our visitors feel welcome!

          By working the next day, I got out of the night with not a single buzz going. Sounds like you have way more than that going on. May I recommend some water.

          Just replace the charger, don’t make the mistake of letting the wife know it went missing. Deny ever owning a case for your glasses.

  • RKD

    Flames are coasting a bit they have been #1 for a bit now all the teams below are battle-hardened fighting and clawing to lock a playoff spot or to chase Calgary for tops. Team is getting complacent.