Forty six times this season the Calgary Flames have scored two or fewer goals in a game. I want you to think about that number for a second. So forty six times the Flames have asked their goaltender to allow one goal or less in order to win a game. It’s actually shocking how close the Flames were to making the playoffs with that number.
Last night was the same story it has been all season in their 2-1 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild. I honestly felt bad for the 19,000+ people that paid to watch the game last night as it was a boring game with both teams with nothing to play for decided to out defense each other. Fortunately the goaltending from Miikka Kiprusoff, Niklas Backstrom, and Wade Dubielewicz who replaced Backstrom in the 3rd period because of injury was excellent.
Brent Burns was also a rock for the Wild last night. He was a nightmare defensively for Calgary and also scored the shootout winner. Nigel Dawes scored the Flames only goal for his 15th of the season and is really one of the few Flames forwards who have shown value for their cap hit this year. Craig Conroy had a helper on the goal in what could have been his final home game as a Calgary Flame. It was good to see Conroy play a solid game and if he does indeed retire I hope he has a long career behind the microphone doing color commentary, as he would be excellent!
The Flames travel to Vancouver Saturday to end the season against the Canucks. It will be a chance for a few Flames to showcase themselves to the Team Canada brain trust to play in the world championships in Germany this year. I would like to see Rene Bourque, Matt Stajan, Mark Giordano, and Ian White on the team, as i think it would be great experience for all four.
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!