I have to open this by saying as a former ice maker, that was the worst ice I have seen in 15 years last night. The ice crew at Nassau Coliseum should be embarrassed! The best way I can describe it would be to liken it to playing hockey with a tennis ball on a choppy road. Fortunately nothing too crazy happened on the ice that affected the game.
The Islanders managed to come back in the third to steal a 3-2 win putting a serious blow into their playoff hopes as they will need a minimum 13 points in the final 8 games of the season to have a chance to get in.
On to the game and the Flames really played a solid game all night sacrificing the body and working hard in the corners for loose pucks. Well all the Flames except for their captain. Jarome Iginla was awful last night and was directly responsible for the tying goal by the and by my count when trailing 3-2 with 90 seconds left in the game Iginla could have gotten to 3 loose pucks but decided that he couldn’t be bothered and the Flames could never get a great shot on goal to force a tie.
As a fan it really infuriates me to see Ales Kotalik blocking shots and taking the body, while the “captain” of this team skates at half speed and allows his teammates to do all the work while he “finds open ice” If I were in the Flames locker room I would be pissed. Plain and simple.
Realistically this is probably the final nail in the coffin for the Flames. Unless Miikka Kiprusoff can play out of his mind in the final eight games and maybe score a couple goals as well. I’ll leave you with this thought. Not including Miikka, how many times has Jarome Iginla been the best Flames on the ice this year? By my rough count I can fit it in one hand. That is not good enough for the captain of your team and the highest paid player on the team.
Next up for the Flames is an afternoon game in Boston on Saturday. Followed by another afternoon game in Washington on Sunday.
Have a good one!
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About the Author
Written by Shane Hoopfer
Die hard Flames fan since 1980, and a closet baseball junkie. Also a big Dolphins, and Stampeders fan!