The Calgary Flames walked into Vancouver last night with a chance to gain ground on the division leading Canucks and keep pace with almost everyone in the division they are fighting with for a playoff spot. However no one told them that the game started at 7pm PST as they didn’t show up ready to play and the Canucks stormed the Flames for the entire first period scoring three times and forcing Brent Sutter to give Miikka Kiprusoff the mercy hook at the end of the period.
The Canucks were able to play a solid defensive game the rest of the way and Roberto Luongo made some timely saves as the Flames only managed to sneak one puck past him over the final two periods despite really carrying the play. But for most of the night penalties hurt the Calgary Flames.
The biggest positives you can pull out of this game are that the Flames didn’t pull the chute and give up after the disaster that was the first period. Also Miikka Kiprusoff did not play poorly despite getting the hook after the first. I suspect it was a move to allow him to refocus for tonight against Detroit. Also Vesa Toskala came in and made a couple tough stops to keep the Flames within striking distance.
We will see about the character of this team tonight as we host the Detroit Red Wings at the dome. At the end of tonight the Flames will either be back in the 8th seed within striking distance of 7th, or the Flames could be as many as 3 points back of the Wings and in desperation mode. Needless to say this is a must win game and needs to be their biggest effort of the year!
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!