The Flames outplayed the Lightning for 40 minutes tonight and took their foot off the gas in the 3rd period and had to settle for a 2-1 OT loss.
Congratulations to Daymond Langkow on playing in his 1000th NHL game tonight and he played one of his best of the year to celebrate. He had a great night of penalty killing and was solid 5 on 5.
The Flames lost two forwards early in this one as Rene Bourque was steam rolled in the 1st period and left the game with what I'm sure will be classified as an upper body injury. My best guess is a shoulder or concussion. Then Ales Kotalik was tossed late in the 1st for not having his fighting straps done up and getting into a fight with Stephane Veilleux.
How Veilleux doesn't get an instigator was an absolute joke. Kotalik nailed Lecavilier with a clean check in the middle of the ice and Veilleux jumped him. I thought that's what the new rule was supposed to take care of?
Miikka Kiprusoff was one of the 3 stars tonight for making one save with 30 seconds left. saving the tie. But I thought Miikka was not very good tonight, he gave Stamkos a gift on the Lightning's first goal on a terrible rebound that Steven did a nice job of banging in on the backhand. Then in overtime he gave up just a terrible short side goal to Meszaros costing the Flames a chance at the bonus point.
Jarome Iginla is starting to drag down two new line mates in Stajan and Hagman. Jarome has stopped moving his feet and everything seems to run through him in neutral ice. Either he is hurt or something is wrong in his head, because he no longer plays like a captain.
On the good side Mark Giordano was once again solid and he scored. The entire defense core was good tonight with the exception of a couple lazy penalties. Ian White played his best game as a Flame and looked far more comfortable in the system which is a good sign going forward.
The Flames get a couple days off to rest up, as they head back up to the frozen north to the nations capital to take on the Ottawa Senators who should be in a surly mood after getting the taste slapped out of their mouths by the Leafs tonight.
My final thought is either Jarome Iginla needs to step his game up or maybe it's time to subtly see what he could bring back in the form of a solid hockey trade.
Have a good one!
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Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!