Last night was an excellent example of the Flames entire season in their 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks at the Saddledome. Calgary for the most part outplayed their opposition but Evgeni Nabokov was very good and the Flames just could not find a way to finish scoring chances, while the Sharks took advantage of their opportunities and put the Flames in danger of missing the playoffs. Add one shootout win by the Avalanche in Vancouver and the Calgary Flames were done.
I’m going to have a full season in review next week and a look ahead to the off season after that. For now I’ll just express my disappointment in the team as a whole as we have been told all year this team was built for the playoffs and should have a good chance to compete for the division.
The one upside I can give Flames fans is there are a handful of guys that have performed almost night in and night out. Kiprusoff, Bourque, White, and Giordano have been very good all year. Bouwmeester started to show some flashes of the player he can be when the reigns finally got taken off of him. Stajan and Hagman both look like very good second liners (story of our lives) and finally Mikael Backlund looks like an NHL player and gives me some hope for the future as he has some pure talent that has been missing for a while in Calgary.
Flames wrap up the season with a home date against Minnesota, and the season ender in Vancouver Saturday night! Then we get to enjoy the playoffs as pure fans, and finally dissect this team and see who needs to stay and who needs to go!
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!